Disability Horizons. Giving you a voice.
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Disability Horizons is an online magazine that aims to get disabled people’s voices heard. Set up in 2011 by Martyn Silbey, a business entrepreneur with muscular dystrophy, along with co-founder Srin Madipalli, the magazine covers a wide range of topics including technology, sex and relationships, sport and travel.
It’s written by disabled readers from all around the world, so it can be as inclusive and reflective of people’s opinions as possible.
Some of Disability Horizons’ articles:
‘How You Can Help Change the Lives of Disabled People in Developing Countries’ – Salome now works as a financial analyst in Niarobi, Kenya. After an accident at 15 left her unable to walk, she was moved into a children’s home and treated differently. Her friends thought her grandmother was witch or was disabled because of something bad she’d done. The wheelchair she was given was uncomfortable and not suitable, giving her ‘pressure sores’ and “making [her] feel more disabled than she was”. However she then met the UK charity Motivation, who gave her a new wheelchair, advice on health, and introduced her to people who’d been through similar experiences.
Founder Martyn Silbey loves travelling, and here recommends Wallops Wood Cottages as an accessible travel route for wheelchair users like himself. Writing about his excursion to Hampshire with his wife, Martyn reports that the lodge had mobility equipment available, although he brought his own shower chair and hoist. They travelled on two different roads, one slightly more accessible than the other, and had a great time.
The Removing Barriers Board Game – Written by the designer of the game Toyah Wordsworth, this article described the need for people who aren’t disabled to know about what barriers they inadvertedly can place when meeting disabled people. It’s set up similar to the board game Monopoly, with cards in the middle depicted scenarios, such as ‘Micheal is blind and is at the waiting room at his doctor’s. He has missed his appointment as he couldn’t see his name on the display board. If you ran the practice, what would you do to overcome this?’ There are four different types of cards, each one challenging negative and outdated assumptions.
There’s lots more articles on Disability Horizons, and you can volunteer to contribute an article! You can also join their email newsletter.
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