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What to do when you’ve been refused access into a place providing a service for having an assistance or Guide dog

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What to do when you’ve been refused access into a place providing a service (e.g. hotel, restaurant, bar or supermarket) for having an assistance or Guide dog The Equality Act 2010 is quite clear with regards to a service provider providing ‘Reasonable adjustment’ for anyone with a disability to access their premises and have the same experience as any other consumer. In our experience at Enhance the UK we find that people with assistance dogs unfortunately do often get access refusals. The company are breaking the law and this guide is an outline for the steps you could take. So…

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Ley Riders – Holly’s Novel

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Holly Williams This page is dedicated to my latest novel ‘Ley Ryders’; an exciting new fantasy adventure. It tells the tale of Petronia, the mute daughter of a simple blacksmith who feels she is destined to become a Ley Ryder; a sacred band of women who devote their lives to aiding others through the healing power of crystals and follow the guiding  influence of the  mystical force known as the Ley. Petronia’s brother Hayden however is suspicious of the Ryders motives and fearfully protective of his sister. Together, the siblings venture out with the Ryders to discover the truth of Petronia’s uncanny…

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‘My name is Naomi’

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My name is Naomi. They say that I was born in the Netherlands, but if you ask me, I’m not. I never had the feeling of being home, not even in the house that they called my home. For years I struggled to find it, but I failed every time. I ran away multiple times and lost more then I expected. After all that, I realized. I was simply born in my body.   In my childhood days I had to ignore and endure the pain my body felt on a daily basis. Stop whining, just carry on and stop…

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Meet Naomi

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My name is Naomi. They say that I was born in the Netherlands, but if you ask me, I’m not.  I never had the feeling of being home, not even in the house that they called my home.  After all I experienced, I realized I was simply born in my body.  This brought me to the idea of inspiring others, teaching people that you CAN live with traumatic experiences and how to use the lessons life gives you to create something beautiful. On the 17th of April I attended a study session in Strassbourg on “Supporting Young Disabled People to…

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Hidden Disability Clarity in The Big Smoke

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Sallie Humphreys I’m sure you’ve gathered now from reading my previous blogs that the majority or my ‘positive’ disability-related experiences only occur after a stream of ‘negative’ occurrences. This may sound pessimistic but it’s the truth.   However, following a weekend visit to London with my family, I received numerous positive responses to my disability, so this blog is a pretty happy one! I always get a little bit anxious on the train when the ticket checks are going on, mainly because it requires me to present my Disabled Railcard. I do have a system though, and this involved passing…

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In Response To Mr. X or What You (Apparently) Can’t Say If You’re Disabled

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Holly Williams I really hope everyone out there has enjoyed my last couple of fairly lighthearted blogs. A gentle dig at our queen on her 90th and my opinion on a West End show. I’m glad I could give you a little holiday from the heavier issues of disability that I normally address. Because today I want to delve into something a wee bit more controversial. Well, I am informed it’s controversial, I didn’t really realise it was and that’s the issue here. If I’m not being clear, let me start from the beginning and explain. Last week, marked a slightly unwanted…

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Blue Badge Blues

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Sallie Humphreys For me, obtaining a Blue Badge was a massive palaver, and from speaking to other people with upper limb disabilities and congenital heart disease, they experienced the same issues, so this is a topic I feel needs to be discussed. A Blue Badge enables disabled drivers and passengers to park nearer to their intended location, for example, much closer to shops and public amenities. This primarily ensures that the disabled person in question will not have to undertake as much walking as they would normally. The disabled parking bays are also much roomier, therefore allowing extra space for…

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MOTOWN: The Musical -A Review

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    Holly Williams I like to keep things mixed up in this blog. Usually, I focus on disability issues but that can get a wee bit boring at times, at least for me if not for my audience. So as it was my birthday this past Wednesday and my parents were kind enough to treat me to one of my favourite things: a West End show,  I thought I’d try my hand at theatre reviewing and give my personal opinion on what we saw. If you are thinking of heading up to London and want a second opinion you might find it…

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