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?
I find myself confused about how a business can label itself as ‘accessible’. Recently I have been having issues with Premier Inns across the UK. I book using their app, where it gives me the option to book an accessible room. However, on the last three occasions the rooms have not been accessible although they… Continue reading Should hotels be allowed to call themselves accessible? When they’re not!
Simon Sansome, saw his life change in 2014 when he suffered a spinal injury that left him with no feeling from the waist down. Simon with celebrity tv chef Michael Caines. After his injury Simon returned to university to retrain but found going out was very difficult due to the lack of accessibility. Simon realised… Continue reading Disability campaigner nominated for national award.
It’s coming to the best time of year for me, food festival season. 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… Continue reading Food heaven or food hell for disabled food lovers
By Simon Sansome Why do I have to give my PIN number away every-time I want to fill up with fuel? For most people filling up the car with fuel is a simple task. You get out the car, you walk around, take the hose and press the pump handle. You either pay at the… Continue reading Refuelling needs rethinking for disabled car users
By Simon Sansome People in the UK who have a disability are facing a national crisis thanks to this Conservative government. They are causing a culling of the disabled community. The government has admitted that nearly 8,000 people died within six months of being rejected for a crucial disability benefit. New figures reveal 7,990… Continue reading Disability is the national crisis ‘We are being culled.’
By Simon Sansome You know when things are bad in the UK high street when the government wants the disabled community to save Christmas. Strictly is on the TV, the X Factor is going for Xmas number 1, everyone is arguing over the best new Christmas advert. The crazy season has arrived you cannot ignore… Continue reading Purple Tuesday, how the sentiment is good, but how they got it wrong.
By Simon Sansome While Uber still has some legs in London and is still running around giving people lifts around the capital it is also important to highlight that in 2016 UBER launched UberACCESS a service designed for people with disabilities. Being a disabled journalist, I wanted to see what the difference was between UberACCESS… Continue reading UberACCESS Vs London Black Cabs
Ability Access is the largest most read dedicated Facebook page in the UK and so we get a lot of comments, views and opinions, which is great as it raises awareness of all disability. In one video recently reposted we were raising awareness of the lack of access in a Travelodge. In the commentary I… Continue reading Ignorance is bliss as a picture really does say a thousand words.