Category Page - Experiences

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Published: 28th August 2015
Author: Acceleris

Hello we are Luke; Holly; Nadine & Sue, a group of researchers at Teesside University. We were recently invited to attend a 4 day workshop in Manchester and we were prepared for hard work and the stress of long days but not for the almost constant inconvenience; hassle and blatant discrimination directed towards Luke and his wheelchair. We have listed the some of the main problems Luke encountered during our trip: 1: Having informed both the hotel/conference centre and train operators that one of our party is a wheelchair user,  we found that there was no assistance in place at any of the stations and that the hotel had no accessible room available. 2: Staff ‘forgot’ to assist Luke from the train at our destination 2: Whilst the hotel adapted a room for Luke – unfortunately they adapted the room to suit an elderly able bodied person with a bath seat and hand rails rather than for a wheelchair user 3: Local taxi firms repeatedly denied having accessible cabs 4: The hotel had only one portable ramp and the staff were resistant to moving this and so Luke was faced with the choice of either being able to access the […]

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Published: 24th August 2015
Author: Acceleris

I work for a small mobility company and see the deficiencies in the NHS wheelchair service on a daily basis. In my experience there seems to be three main problems which seem to be;

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Published: 20th August 2015
Author: Acceleris

I currently live in Brighton & I have FSH Muscular Dystrophy. Wheelchair Services were first contacted by my Physio in London and they then contacted my GP, approximately 2 weeks later I received a phone call from Wheelchair Services saying that somebody would be coming to see me & we made an appointment which I assumed would be for an assessment.

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