2021 has been one of the most extraordinary years for me personally, from lockdown to getting in the national press with The Bill spinoff, Sun Hill, to attending the world premiere of my new award-winning film 'Access All Areas'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTMW9i6vjZY&t=4s Monday evening we recorded the Christmas version of our podcast ‘The Grumpy Gits’, with the… Continue reading Sun Hill, Jersey Boys tickets, NCP parking, The Grumpy Gits, Access All Areas film, awards and no disabled car charging points, this story has it all.
By Simon Sansome I am very fortunate to call disability campaigner Adam Pearson one of my closest friends and one of the strongest people I know. We have a fun rivalry each year about which one of us is going to be the most influential disability campaigner in the UK. This year I hope that… Continue reading Disgusting, disgraceful and the need for ‘Dignity after Death’ law. ￼
A video promoting the awareness of Caudia Equina Syndrome (CES) has hit the internet this week thanks to Ability Access’s Simon Sansome with the assistance of Branded Studios and is having a dramatic impact on a people’s lives. Shirley, 46 from Merseyside has had issues with her bladder and bowels for over 10 years which… Continue reading ‘CES awareness video has changed my life’.
A podcast called The Grumpy Gits has hit the floor running by reaching half a million hits. Presented by TV Presenter and Disability Campaigner Adam Pearson the show is certainly a podcast hit. Available on Facebook pages The Grumpy Gits, Ability Access and AudioBoom it aims to break down barriers on disability, mental health, physical disabilities and of… Continue reading From Sun Hill to Colgate – This podcast has it all. Funny, educational, hard hitting and informative it is a sensation with half a million views.
By Simon Sansome I can pretty much guarantee that 99% of the population in the UK have no idea what Caudia Equina syndrome or CES is? Yet two people in the UK are diagnosed with it every day and it is costing the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds a year. So technically CES is spinal damage. It… Continue reading Cauda Equina Syndrome, the injury NHS doctors fear yet the public know nothing about it.
Bells Amusements in Ingoldmells. By Simon Sansome While the UK is going through a massive heatwave people like myself are heading to the seaside for a family day out and yesterday was one of those days. My parents had set up camp on an Ingoldmells campsite so me, my wife and my nephew and niece decided to join… Continue reading Yesterday, I was asked to leave Amusement Arcade because I was in my mobility scooter.
Earlier this week Ability Access reported about the view in screen seven at Cineworld in Loughborough, where it is impossible to see the full screen. This story was seen and shared by tens of thousands of followers. Cineworld Loughborough After Cineworld tweeted they would investigate Ability Access got this reply about disabled toilets and hoists. … Continue reading Cineworld investigate complaint about view from wheelchair bay in screen seven and reply talking about disabled toilets access. But they say they take ‘equal access very seriously’.
With lockdown beginning to ease more people are feeling confident about going out and about. People started going to restaurants, picnics and of course the cinemas are reopening. While a lot of people are feeling anxiety about going out and about again in crowds, the disabled community are getting back to normal where they do… Continue reading Unless the majority are affected the minority don’t stand a chance.
A new podcast called The Grumpy Gits has hit the floor running by reaching 100,000 hits in its first three episodes. Presented by TV Presenter and Disability Campaigner Adam Pearson the show is certainly a podcast hit. Adam Pearson, Simon Sansome, Chris Leasmith and Duncan Casburn. Available on Facebook page The Grumpy Gits it aims… Continue reading New Podcast is a smash hit with 100,000 hits.
The Grumpy Gits – left to right – Adam Pearson, Simon Sansome, Chris Leasmith and Duncan Casburn. New podcast The Grumpy Gits is presented by TV presenter Adam Pearson with the assistance of journalist Simon Sansome and the original Grumpy Dads, Chris Leasmith and Duncan Casburn it is a show like no other. Adam Pearson,… Continue reading Thursday evening is the launch of a brand-new podcast ‘The Grumpy Gits’.
Television presenters Keith Lemon and Jenny Powell has shown support for an online petition for a full independent investigation for the treatment of people with disabilities, mental health and learning disabilities during the pandemic by the government. Keith Lemon Lemon, the Celebrity Juice presenter, retweeted the petition to his 3.4 million followers on the social… Continue reading Keith Lemon the people’s disability champion?
Gone, forgotten and undervalued. This is what it’s like to be disabled during the pandemic. Disability Campaigner and Ability Access Founder Simon Sansome is calling for an urgent independent inquiry in to the treatment of the disabled community during the pandemic. Simon said: ‘New data has shown that six out of ten people who have… Continue reading Disability campaigner launches petition for urgent inquiry into the treatment of the disabled community during the pandemic.
Front Cover - Three Blind Mice Published author and disability campaigner Simon Sansome has launched a new comic book series called ‘Three Blind Mice’. Simon who became disabled in 2014 following an accident was shocked on how little disability is represented in the media, he said: ‘Once you become disabled you try to find something… Continue reading Disability campaigner get global launch of comic book series, ‘The disabled version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.
With the new year is well under way and with each new year comes a number of rituals. People will be losing weight (and probably putting it back on within a few weeks), stopping smoking (and then starting again on the first day back at work), and trying to find ‘the one’, the person you… Continue reading Do you tell online daters you have a disability?
It’s 3 o’clock in the morning just after Boxing Day and I have shooting pains in my foot which is keeping me awake. I’ve taken up for thin paracetamol, Ibuprofen and CBD and yet I am sitting here is up from the sofa watching the West Wing on All4, stroking my leg because it won’t… Continue reading The injury that is costing you, £350 million a year and you know nothing about it.
Three Blind Mice set the stage for a new way of doing things. Based around Richard 3rd, it tells the story of how people with disabilities can do anything and even save the world from demons and monsters running around Leicester. Created and written by Simon Sansome and illustrated by Raquel Guerrero it shows Leicester… Continue reading New Sci Fi comic book series puts disability front and centre.
Being stuck at home for the past six months could put a strain on any relationship. A difference with this one is that I am disabled and require more assistance than most people. As a thank you to my wife for the difficult times I thought it would be a nice surprise to take my… Continue reading Disabled Traveller turned away by First Choice for a spontaneous holiday, because of their 28-day booking requirement for accessible rooms (even when there’s availability).
They say moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do, but moving home with a disability can be worse. You have to contact energy companies, insurance, get your mail redirected, change address with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), blue badge the list is never ending. With most companies you have… Continue reading Shock £300 Virgin Media bill when moving to more accessible home.
In the UK, Covid 19 has been a stressful and isolating disease for the millions of people who have had to shield and are still shielding, so getting out and about after months of isolation is vitally important for the mental health of disabled people and their families. Next in Nottingham But while people are… Continue reading Councils and stores discriminating against Blue Badge holding during crisis.
By Simon Sansome In 2018 I was coming to the end of university degree, I was the oldest person in the class by about 18 years so I didn’t really make many friends on the course, in fact I had more in common with the lecturers than the other students. I went from being newly… Continue reading Finding While Disabled and Finding Myself.
By Simon Sansome Parents have taken to Twitter to show their outrage on Gulliver’s theme parks banning people with disabilities or underlining health conditions because they can not wear face masks on rides. In the lockdown people with disabilities have been shielding for nearly four months as they are scared to go out. Now that… Continue reading Gulliver’s theme parks says stay away to people with disabilities.
By Simon Sansome For most people a scooter getting a flat tyre is not a big issue as they can just get up and walk away. For me it leaves me more isolated than normal, and to top it all off my electric wheelchair is damaged as well. Being disabled means you reply on electronic… Continue reading Business fail to understand how essential and personal electric equipment is to disabled people.
By Simon Sansome People with disabilities have been under represented for years on TV and in film. Getting a job in these industries has never been harder. So much so that the BBC have committed £100 million of public funds to encourage people into the industry making it easier for people with disabilities to break… Continue reading Hollywood keep on insulting the disabled community and it need to stop.
Ability Access is the largest disability page in the UK and reaches over 20 million people a month and the news feed has been suspended (again) stopping tens of thousands of people from talking about disability and sharing their stories. Three weeks ago, Simon Sansome the founder of Ability Access posted a video explaining that… Continue reading National Diversity Award nominee suspended by Facebook for the second time in a month for promoting diversity and inclusion.
Do you think PIP review is a waste of time if you get the highest level of mobility and care and have a permanent disability? Thoughts please!
By Simon Sansome With the new year fast approaching comes a number of rituals. They will include losing weight (and probably putting it back on within a few weeks), stopping smoking (and then starting again on the first day back at work), and trying to find ‘the one’, the person you want to spend the… Continue reading Do you tell your date you have a disability?
By Simon Sansome Last week I was contacted by a national newspaper asking if they could do a story on myself and Ability Access. I happily agreed and I said I would do the interview free of charge if they would pay for a wheelchair adaption for a person who contacted Ability Access last week saying… Continue reading Behind every great man is a greater woman. How my wife helped to reach an audience of 20 million.
Sally-Ann Hart the Conservative candidate, now MP for Hastings and Rye was filmed at a hustings talking about people with learning disabilities saying: ‘They should be given the opportunity to work because it’s to do with the happiness they have about working’ and ‘they don’t understand money’. Now more than 10,000 people have signed a… Continue reading 10,000 people sign petition the same day candidate is elected to Parliament.
Sally-Ann Hart the Conservative candidate for Hastings and Rye and local councillor was filmed at a hustings saying: ‘They should be given the opportunity to work because it’s to do with the happiness they have about working’ and ‘they don’t understand money’. More than 2000 people have now signed a petition to remove Conservative candidate… Continue reading Thousands call for sacking of Tory candidate following learning disability comments.
Sally-Ann Hart the Conservative candidate for Hastings and Rye and local councillor was filmed at a hustings said: ‘They should be given the opportunity to work because it’s to do with the happiness they have about working’ and ‘they don’t understand money’. Ms Hart was booed by the audience and people quickly took to social… Continue reading Over 1000 people sign petition to remove Conservative candidate following comments on equal pay for people with learning disabilities ‘they don’t understand money’.
Having a disability assessment is a very personal situation, you invite a person into your home, most of the time you don’t want them there and then you have to open up to a complete stranger very quickly, disclose your most personal in-depth medical situation to that complete stranger so they can record it onto… Continue reading The immoral reality of the DLA assessments.
By Simon Sansome General elections are about getting the message out there, knocking on doors and interacting with the community. As someone who has run a number of elections and stood twice for parliament I’d like to think I have the experience to run a general election campaign and from my point of view it… Continue reading There is no point standing in the general election if you have a disability.
Last year I surprised my wife with a holiday to Florida for her birthday. We had an amazing time. The weather, the facilities and most of all the disabled access in Florida is great compared to the UK. The only problem we had was with Disney’s Magic Kingdom, it turns out that it is not… Continue reading Disney not so magical, as 29 disabled customers take legal action over queuing system.
Selma Begum, General Manager of the Villa Mentone Hotel on the Isle of Wight has been recorded in saying she will offer Simon Sansome a journalist and disability campaigner from Leicester a partial refund if he keeps quite about his stay in the hotel. In a shocking recording the manager can be heard explaining that in return for his silence she will issue… Continue reading Hotel owner offers refund to disabled customer but only if he keeps quiet about stay.
Facebook has been accused of suspending a disability awareness page Ability Access, by disability campaigner and journalist Simon Sansome. Ability Access is the largest most read disability page in the UK reaching up to 10 million people a month. Simon said: "It appears Facebook are choosing what pages they want and what pages they don't.… Continue reading Facebook suspends “disability is disturbing” page again.
By Simon Sansome UK councils are failing to inform people with disabilities that they are in entitled to a council tax band reduction. Ability Access has established, because of this failing people who are eligible for the band reduction are over paying council tax by almost five hundred million pounds a year. Paying council tax can be a… Continue reading BREAKING NEWS – Is this the new PPI? Councils across the UK are over charging wheelchair users billions of pounds in council tax.
Following a recent visit to one of their stores in Leicester, I purchased two tops. Like many Sports Direct stores I have visited there is no disabled changing facilities so I had to take the tops home to try them on. But the sports store is making it difficult to take things home to try… Continue reading Are Sports Direct discriminating against disabled customers?
The only way policy would change is if you don’t care for your loved ones, and the government knows this. New Zealand parliament passed a new law, paying a main carer £12 an hour pay if they care for a relative with a mental health issue or disability. New Zealand are leading the way as… Continue reading The government is taking advantage of the disabled community and their carers by paying them ‘30p an hour’ or the equivalent to 30 Haribo fried eggs.
Watching Top Gear last night and laughing my head off for an hour I got into bed and realised that every presenter on Top Gear has been fully abled, a show that first aired in 1977. There are millions of disabled drivers in the UK and yet Top Gear has never done a show on… Continue reading Why is TV and films still ignoring people with disabilities?
TV presenter, comic book creators, disability campaigner and radio host, Dan White talks to Simon Sansome on Podcast “While Disabled’. 12 years ago Dan and his wife Aimee had a beautiful baby girl called Emily. Only to be told and given a leaflet that Emily was diagnosed with Spinal Bifida. With no support and no… Continue reading Dan White – “We reach out to families not to tell sad stories but funny stories, we sit in Costa and talk about poo and wee for an hour and it’s great fun”.
Presenter and journalist Simon Sansome has started a petition calling for the government to introduce a new law that allows all companions to travel free of charge if they are assisting a disabled traveller. Currently, if you are disabled and need assistance to travel via bus, plane, boat or train in the UK you have… Continue reading Presenter starts petition for change in the law to make travel free for all companions.
The UK’s most successful Paralympian of all time talks to Simon Sansome on ‘While Disabled’ about working in the House of Lords and getting ‘Shagged’ on Countdown. Listen to Tanni talk about choosing between Sir Steve Redgrave and Denise Lewis, what happens when she could not be presented with a the Sports Personality of the… Continue reading Tanni Grey Thompson – “Someone once asked, how did I get pregnant? I replied I had sex with my husband, they said that was disgusting, I replied you have not seen my husband I quite like him”.
Two Star Michelin Chef and TV personality Michael Caines talks to Simon Sansome on his podcast show “While Disabled”. Michael talks about how he fell asleep at the wheel and lost his arm the age of 25. He says: “I saw my arm on the floor of the car while I hung upside down”. Talking… Continue reading Michael Caines – “I saw my arm on the floor of the car while I hung upside down”.
Speaking to Simon Sansome on Podcast “While Disabled” The TV star and stand up comedian said: “She does not want people to pray for her in case it works”. Rosie who has cerebral palsy explained in the show she gets people coming up to her asking if they can pray for her because of the… Continue reading Rosie Jones – “I don’t want people to pray for me as I don’t want it to work”
Special report by Simon Sansome Facebook have sensationally backed down regarding my Facebook page Ability Access and I can now report normal services has been resumed. Ability Access was blocked from inviting people to the page that promotes disability and services relating to disability. In a recording a Facebook representative said: “disability was disturbing to… Continue reading Breaking News – Facebook backs down over ‘disability is disturbing’ comment and image of model amputee.
By Simon Sansome In an astonishing recorded call from Facebook, listen below. Ability Access is the UK’s largest disability page with over 12,000 followers and often goes viral. This week is no exception, with reaching an audience of over 5 million people and 1.5 million interactions. Earlier this week, Ability Access, was blocked from… Continue reading Disability is not good for Facebook says: ‘Facebook’.
Special report by Simon Sansome A few weeks ago staying at Hammersmith Premier Inn I was unable to fully access their accessible room. I booked the room online and, being a wheelchair user I would expect a walk in shower in an accessible room. This was clearly not the case. Working on this issue with… Continue reading BREAKING NEWS- Premier Inn breaches advertising standards for accessible rooms.
By Simon Sansome If there is one thing, I love in this world it is food. If you have seen a picture of me you will understand that I love food. One of the best events in the UK for food is the BBC Good Food Show which is accompanied by the BBC Gardening Show… Continue reading It is the best time of year for me, food season, so why do I feel so left out?
Simon Sansome: Hello, my name's Simon Sansome and welcome to While Disabled. Today I have the stand-up comedian, super supremo Rosie Jones. Rosie Jones: Hello. Simon Sansome: Hello, how are you today? Rosie Jones: I'm very well, how are you? Simon Sansome: I'm very well. We're in central London today doing this recording so we're… Continue reading Read Rosie Jones transcribed interview with ‘While Disabled’
By Simon Sansome 37 years old and I love going out for a meal, I love going to weddings, I love going to parties, I love getting dressed up for award evenings however there is a limit on what I can wear not because my size but because of my disability. Pic of Samanta Bullock… Continue reading Why should I have to dress down just because I’m disabled?