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!

NEW! Ratings System for The Stray Wheel.

Hiya…over the years, Helen and I have struggled (mildly) with trying to come up with a decent means of conveying our opinions as regards places we’ve been, services we’ve experienced  and products that we’ve tried. We had a very complex system that involved four different categories, but it was too complicated, and so we never implemented it.

I think we have a solution. From now on, anything other than news items or posts that do not pertain to something that we can rate, we will be providing a rating at the top of the post. This rating will be Star-Based and will go from 1-7 Stars.

1 Star = Horrible, don’t go there/try this product, you will regret it and you could even get hurt
2 Stars = Not as bad as 1, but still pretty awful
3 Stars = Doable, but only if you’re fit and determined or can come up with a workaround
4 Stars = This will probably work for most, but it might still be a bit of a challenge
5 Stars = Ok, now we’re talking. This is highly doable, and even though there might be some glitches, it’s worth a go
6 Stars = Now this is what we want. Hardly any hassles, and the location/product are a breeze for wheelchair users.
7 Stars = PERFECT. FLAWLESS. No apparent means of improving this (don’t expect  a lot of these)

I will be going through previous posts and applying ratings retroactively when i can b sure of my recollection, but yeah, from now on, there will be Stars.

From Invacare’s New Ad Campaign

I’m going to let you figure out what this is supposed to mean.


Changing Places toilets – petition

Please sign if you are in the UK:

This Stuff Is Too Important For It To Be Presented With Inaccuracies Like This.

This article describes how a disabled woman had to crowdfund her wheelchair because: “She was offered a standard NHS-issue wheelchair – but at 20kg (3st 2lb) it would have been too heavy for her and potentially dangerous, given her condition.”

This is not accurate, and it does a disservice to people who are struggling with the NHS and the NHS itself. I know that this information is inaccurate because I am in my third NHS-provided chair, and it weighs 14.2kg. The NHS has been under tremendous pressure to meet targets while their funding has been drastically cut, but an Action3 is still within the accepted category for NHS issue. It’s not a fancy basketball chair, but it’s sturdy and relatively comfortable and it’s a perfect chair for urban and some rural rolling as well. And they are affordable, even for a cash-strapped NHS. Last time I checked the were selling  for just over £500.00

I live in East London where not all kerbs are ramped and some of the surfaces can be pretty rugged, and I get around just fine in my NHS chair.

I can understand complaining about some of the hoops we have to jump through as disabled citizens, but it does a disservice to this story to have gotten the facts wrong or to have exaggerated.

Of course I could be wrong, and maybe the NHS has tightened up the criteria as to what qualifies as an acceptable chair since I got my last chair from them

The Struggle is Global

This is well done, and shows the struggle that Disabled People undergo in Bolivia.

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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