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Good news – London to Amsterdam direct by train.

Helen and I have taken the Eurostar to from London to Paris several times. We love it. Train travel is so vastly superior to flying for those of us in wheelchairs that I cannot even begin to describe the difference. We have also taken the train from London to Amsterdam on several occasions, and although it is still much better than getting there by plane, the trip involves a change in Brussels that adds a lot of stress (and rolling; Brussels Midi is a very big station) to the trip.

Good news, everyone!

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/eurostar-will-go-direct-to-amsterdam-next-year-in-just-4-hours/


New Report Shows That Equality for Disabled People Is STILL a Long Way off

The Life Quadriplegic

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found that disabled people in the UK are being let down right across the board.

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Accessible adventure holidays

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/accessible-holidays-wheelchair-travel-access-for-disabled-people-south-africa-bali-ecuador-a7623866.html

Please let us know if anyone has been on any of these trips and what it was like…


Best cities to visit in a wheelchair?

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/world-best-cities-for-disabled-accessible-wheelchair-tourists-holidays-travel-barcelona-singapore-a7511571.html

We definitely agree about Barcelona…


Change to mobility scheme rules

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

 

Up to 500 disabled people every week have had to give back the vehicles that help them stay independent because of a new tough benefits rule.

The Government “Motability” scheme allows disabled people to lease mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and cars.

But every week, between 400 and 500 people are forced to hand over their vehicles after a controversial “20-metre rule” was introduced, according to a report by a leading charity.


Using virtual reality and brain training to help paraplegics walk

“All eight patients experienced neurological improvements in somatic sensation (pain localisation, fine/crude touch, and proprioceptive sensing) in multiple dermatomes,” the team of academics wrote in its paper.

“Patients also regained voluntary motor control in key muscles below the SCI level, as measured by EMGs, resulting in marked improvement in their walking index.”

As a result of the research 50 per cent of the patients were “upgraded” to a diagnosis of partial paralysis, rather than full paralysis.”

More here at Wired.

 


Uber rolls out wheelchair accessible vehicles in London

https://newsroom.uber.com/uk/ldnwav/

“Convenient, safe and affordable transportation, everywhere for everyone. That’s the big idea at the heart of Uber – and now we’re another step closer to that goal.  
 
Today, developed with the support of UK disability charities Scope, Whizz-Kidz and Transport for All, we are proud to announce that Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) can be requested through the Uber app for the same price as an uberX.
 
Watch our first rider, Whizz-Kidz’s Young Trustees Chair George, taking uberWAV for a spin around town.”

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