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The urinary leash: how the death of public toilets traps and trammels us all

Britain has lost an estimated 50% of its public toilets in the past 10 years. This is a problem for everyone, and for some it is so acute that they are either dehydrating before going out or not leaving home at allFor about an hour and a half before she finishes work and gets the bus home, Jacqui won’t eat or drink anything. Once, while waiting at the bus stop, and suddenly needing the loo, she had to head to the other end of town; the public toilets nearby had closed. She didn’t make it in time...
Tags: Health, Politics, Life and style, Society, UK News, Public finance, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Disability, Infrastructure, Britain, Hygiene, Jacqui


The everyday assault of disabled women: ‘It’s inappropriate sexual touching at least once a month’

They are almost twice as likely to be sexually assaulted as non-disabled women. Why is so little being done to address this harrowing, pervasive problem?Many disabled women are assaulted each year. Forgetting my own rape feels impossibleAmy Kavanagh is as happy as anyone else that the world is opening up – but there is one thing she is not thrilled to be experiencing again. “As much as I’m excited to be getting out and socialising again, it comes at a cost,” she says. Kavanagh is blind and sexua...
Tags: Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Disability, Ons, Sexual Harassment, Kavanagh, Trades Union Congress, Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa


Many disabled women are assaulted each year. Forgetting my own rape feels impossible

After the attack, I became preoccupied with the idea that my case would be questioned because of my disability. But what happened continues to haunt meWhy is so little being done to address the everyday assault of disabled women?I have been a wheelchair user for a number of years, due to a progressive condition. I have been a rape survivor for four. These things are more connected than you might think.I first met Alex (not his real name) four years ago. We were at a house party. He was drunk and...
Tags: Women, Life and style, Society, Disability, Alex, Rape and sexual assault


‘Diagnosis is rebirth’: women who found out they were autistic as adults

Women from around the world describe the life-changing impact of finally receiving a diagnosis‘We weren’t visible’: growing awareness leads more women to autism diagnosisLess than 20 hours after asking women who had received a late diagnosis of autism, we received 139 replies from around the world.There were women whose lives had been scarred by victimisation, from bullying to rape, because without a diagnosis they did not know they were highly vulnerable to manipulation and abuse. Continue read...
Tags: Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Disability, Autism


The schoolday I’ll never forget: ‘I hitchhiked 100 miles home from my school for the blind’

Once a year, we pupils were given total freedom, whether we chose to go to the zoo or get on the dodgems. I decided to surprise my mother with a visitThe best day of my school year was always the same: 29 May. It was known as Founder’s Day which, in most schools with such pretensions, meant being forced to dress in your best clothes, sing a hymn in Latin and then listen to some old bloke telling you how to live a good and righteous life. Doesn’t sound promising, does it? Except that at our schoo...
Tags: Education, Life and style, Disability, Schools, Blindness and visual impairment


‘Hidden pandemic’: Peruvian children in crisis as carers die

With 93,000 children in Peru losing a parent to Covid, many face depression, anxiety and povertyWhen Covid-19 began shutting down Nilda López’s vital organs, doctors decided that the best chance of saving her and her unborn baby was to put her into a coma.Six months pregnant, López feared she would not wake up, or that if she did, her baby would not be there. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Children, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Poverty, Mental Health, Disability, Infectious Diseases, Social exclusion, Global development, Peru, Child Labour


"In September last year, Williams lost his virginity with a specially trained 'sex surrogate,' an experience he described as 'liberating.'"

"'Because it was funded by the state I could basically not have the shame of it being an unsafe or outlawed practice,' he said. However, the funding was removed in April after the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) wrote to him saying it had been decided that continued sessions were not 'an appropriate use of taxpayers’ funds.'.... 'The NHS opened up a political can of worms by awarding me funding and they wanted to shut it quickly. But they have already set a precedent.'... [Beverlee] Le...
Tags: Law, Sex, Prostitution, Disability, NHS, Williams, London Times, CCG, Ann Althouse, Beverlee -RSB- Lewis


‘Never apologise for being you’: disabled celebrities’ letters to their teenage selves

Don’t buy the pink wheelchair – but do eat your greens (and some pizza too). Disabled comedians, musicians, athletes, writers and mathematicians on what they wish they’d known growing upIf being a teenager is hard for everyone, being a disabled teenager can feel like a slog. No longer protected by the relative simplicity of childhood, you are confronted with the realities of your disabled body and, perhaps harder still to fathom, your place in a profoundly ableist society.Failed by a system that...
Tags: Family, Education, Children, Life and style, Society, Disability, Culture, Disability and sport


3 ways managers can support employees living with chronic pain and fatigue

Managers should focus on ways to make workers with chronic pain more comfortable in the office - or let them work from home. kokouu/Getty Images Around one in five adults in the US lives with chronic pain. To better support employees living with chronic pain, meet them with compassion. Accommodations like a standing desk or WFH schedule can improve their experience. See more stories on Insider's business page. Around one in five adults in the United States lives with chronic pain, acco...
Tags: Work From Home, Leadership, Fatigue, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Management, Compassion, Disability, United States, Illinois, Pain, Chronic Pain, Nordic, Accomodation


‘People aren’t looking for just a model’: meet the amazing Ryan Zaman

When he caught the eye of the fashion world, he couldn’t believe his luck. Now Ryan Zaman is modelling alongside Kate Moss – and promoting the rights of disabled peopleWhen he was five years old, Ryan Zaman walked in a fashion show at his primary school. The catwalk was made from gym mats laid out in a T, and the front row was populated not by Wintours and Kardashians but by rapt parents on tiny chairs. Zaman’s mum shot a video and it should be issued with an “extreme cuteness” advisory. At the ...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, Society, Disability, Kate Moss, Kardashians, Men's Fashion, Zaman, Ryan Zaman, Wintours


How we stay together: 'We dust ourselves off and get on with it, really'

In 15 years of living together, Danie Tregonning and Mark Perkins have only spent two nights apart – but the pair still know not to ‘smother each other’Names: Danie Tregonning and Mark PerkinsYears together: 18Occupations: Artist and compliance specialistIf there’s one area of their lives where Danie Tregonning and Mark Perkins have learned to compromise, it’s on the Eurovision song contest. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Relationships, Life and style, Australia news, Disability, Melbourne, Mark Perkins, Danie Tregonning, Mark PerkinsYears


'I am a woman who wants': on disability and desire

Cerebral palsy made my body a country of error and pain. It took me years to accept the part of me that craves intimacyThe autumn I was 19, I entered my college dining hall in California just in time to overhear a boy telling a table of mutual acquaintances that he thought I was very nice, but he felt terribly sorry for me because I was going to die a virgin. This was already impossible, but in that moment all that mattered was the blunt force of the boy’s certainty. He hadn’t said he could neve...
Tags: California, Sex, Disability


‘It’s a basic human right’: the fight for adaptive fashion

While brands big and small are exploring disability-friendly clothing, it remains a niche market that struggles to reach consumers From constrictive corsetry to blistering 6in heels, the oft-quoted line: “You have to suffer for fashion,” has afflicted humanity for centuries (however much it seems alien to our current wardrobe of Zoom-friendly sweatpants). But what happens when even a simple garment is disabling? Or when suffering for fashion is not a stylistic choice, but an everyday reality tha...
Tags: Fashion, London, Disability, Women's Trousers, Monika Dugar


‘My personal lockdown has been much longer’: on chronic illness, before and after Covid

Life before was a little different, but not a lot. Now I feel a new resilience and hopeRead more: Laura Barton on how a daily call to California got her through lockdown and Elle Hunt on moving to the other side of the world and the pandemicI’ve been inside my cramped terrace house for nearly a year now. There haven’t been walks outside, or trips to the shops. Every morning, I wake into a day the same as yesterday. I reach out a hand to the cat who I know will be curled by my right side, listen ...
Tags: Health, Family, California, Relationships, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Disability, Denmark, Elle Hunt, Laura Barton, Coronavirus


No one can read 50 books a week. So why was I buying or borrowing that many?

I have always been a voracious reader. But one day I realised my passion for books had turned into a maniaThe need for last year’s resolution started in my childhood. (Don’t they all?) By the age of six, I was reading braille at an unheard-of speed, to the point where the teacher at my blind school accused me of lying when I said I had finished the three books she had given me that morning. It was the start of a lifelong problem: braille books were scarce, but I could not get enough of them.The ...
Tags: Books, Life and style, Society, Disability, Culture, Blindness and visual impairment, Raymond Chandler, Wodehouse, Billy Bunter


I’ve been shielding in my parents’ bungalow since the spring. It’s like Big Brother, circa 2002

As the owner of low-grade lungs in respiratory pandemic, entering house arrest was an easy decision. Perhaps next year will bring probation“It’s been seven months and 15 days … since Covid took human contact away … ahh-ahh ahhh-ahhhh.” I do my best Sinéad O’Connor impersonation in the bathroom mirror, debating whether a full skinhead would be a solution to my inability to visit the hairdresser.Honestly, I’ve no idea exactly how long I’ve been in this house. Has it been a year? One particularly l...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Society, World news, Disability, Sinead O'connor, Coronavirus, COVID


Harvard study suggests avoiding TV and daytime naps to avoid depression

Depression is a very common mental disorder, with more than 264 million people struggling with this issue worldwide. According to WHO, depression is a leading cause of disability. Depression results from a complex interaction of social, psychological, and biological factors. A new large-scale Harvard Medical School study suggests daytime napping and frequent television-watching may be negatively contributing to depression. Depression is a common mental disorder, with more than 264 million people...
Tags: Psychology, Sleep, Life, Mental Health, Depression, Disability, Harvard, Innovation, Emotions, Pain, Self, Personal Growth, World Health Organization WHO, Harvard Medical School, Skype Facetime, UK Biobank


I'm Deaf. When mask-wearing came along, I had to rebuild my world

Masks prevent me from lipreading and using facial cues to communicate –hearing people need to be more open to communicating in different ways with strangersSince mask-wearing began, my world has disappeared. I was born partially deaf, and masks prevent me from lipreading and using facial cues to communicate.I’m not alone. Over 460 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss according to the World Health Organization. So how are people who are d/Deaf (lower case refers to the physical co...
Tags: Life and style, Society, US news, Disability, World Health Organization


I'm partially deaf. When mask-wearing came along, I had to rebuild my world

Masks prevent me from lipreading and using facial cues to communicate –hearing people need to be more open to communicating in different ways with strangersSince mask-wearing began, my world has disappeared. I was born partially deaf, and masks prevent me from lipreading and using facial cues to communicate.I’m not alone. Over 460 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss according to the World Health Organization. So how are people who are d/Deaf (lower case refers to the physical co...
Tags: Life and style, Society, US news, Disability, World Health Organization


Baldness and rashes? Experts split over unusual Covid-19 risk factors and symptoms

Academics analyse whether hair and hearing loss may also be linked to coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrom hearing loss and rashes, to being tall and bald, as the Covid-19 pandemic develops, a host of new symptoms and risk factors are being linked to the virus. We take a look at the evidence. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Fashion, Science, Biology, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Disability, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Beauty, Microbiology, Deafness And Hearing Impairment, Hair Loss, Coronavirus outbreak


Does porn cause erectile dysfunction...or not?

According to UW Health, around 5 percent of men that are 40 years old have complete erectile dysfunction. That number increases to about 15 percent by age 70.While there are many things that can cause or contribute to ED (such as high blood pressure, smoking, the use of drugs or alcohol, depression, and anxiety), there has been wide debate over the impacts of pornography use. Several studies outlined in this article look at the supposed link between ED and pornography use.Erectile dysfunction (c...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Biology, Sex, Relationships, Love, Mental Health, Disability, Innovation, San Diego, Men, Ed, Debate, Ansa, Naval Medical Center, UW Health


MPs bring bill to ban late abortions for cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot

Cross-party group proposes ending UK abortions after 24 weeks for minor disabilitiesA cross-party group of MPs are seeking to change Britain’s abortion laws to ban late terminations that are carried out on the grounds of minor physical abnormalities.The abortion (cleft lip, cleft palate and clubfoot) bill, which is led by the Conservative MP Fiona Bruce and supported by 13 MPs, will be presented in parliament on 3 June. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Women, Conservative, Life and style, Society, UK News, Disability, Britain, Abortion, Fiona Bruce


MPs bring bill to ban late abortions for cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot

Cross-party group proposes ending UK abortions after 24 weeks for minor disabilitiesAbortion laws in Britain could be changed under cross-party proposals to ban late terminations on the grounds of minor physical abnormalities.The abortion (cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) bill, led by the Conservative MP Fiona Bruce and supported by 13 MPs, will be presented in parliament on 3 June. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Women, Conservative, Life and style, Society, UK News, Disability, Britain, Abortion, Fiona Bruce


5 tips for talking to disabled people on dating apps (It’s easier than you think!)

Let’s face it: For many people in the LGBTQ community, dating apps are a necessary evil. Necessary in that they make it easier to meet others around you, but evil in that they are are often a breeding (and not in a good way) ground for superficiality, so-called “preferences” that are almost always low key forms of racism, and ghosting.  In other words, dating apps are basically the holy trinity of everything that is wrong with society, and yet, nearly everyone uses them, including people (li...
Tags: Facebook, Life, Love, Lifestyle, Dating, Disability, Watson, Dating Apps, Seattle, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Eudora, Carmen Sandiego, Josh Galassi, Disgaybled, Angela Watson


How my story about disabled adult film stars turned into one about content warnings and misinformation

I interviewed Andrew Gurza on a Tuesday, a mere four days after the official release of his first adult film. Andrew was buzzing, to say the least. After all, this was a massive moment for Gurza, a widely-recognized disability advocate with Cerebral Palsy.  A gay adult film starring someone who is disabled? It was poised to make a splash.  And then came Friday.  AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); “Someone on Twitter this morning posted that I h...
Tags: Facebook, Life, Lifestyle, Disability, Seattle, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Andrew, XYZ, Carmen Sandiego, Josh Galassi, Adult Film, The Queerty Interview, Andrew Gurza, Gurza


6 ways to have the best sex ever with someone who is disabled

The first time I had sex, I nearly vomited. Not because the sex was bad, or because the guy wasn’t cute. But because I was very, very drunk.  You see, I lost my virginity on my 21st birthday. (You could say it was a rite of passage in more ways than one, am I right, ladies?) Up until that point, I had spent years thinking about sex in the context of others. Sure, I fantasized about sex, and having it, but it was always in this weird, disassociated way. In my fantasies, I was able-bodied. I c...
Tags: Facebook, Wtf, Sex, Life, Lifestyle, Disability, Ikea, Seattle, Jones, Winnie, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Matthew Fox, Carmen Sandiego, Josh Galassi, Prepared


Experience: I was crushed by a falling man

After my consultant said I’d never walk again, I sat in my wheelchair feeling utterly brokenI hadn’t planned to be at Westfield shopping centre, east London, on that day. In October 2018, I was a fourth-year medical student and had just finished an eight-week placement in Maidstone, Kent. A friend was driving back to London and dropped me off there so I could get the tube home while she went shopping. We parted at the central atrium. One minute I was looking down at all my bags, the next I was s...
Tags: London, Life and style, Society, Disability, Doctors, Westfield, Maidstone Kent, Disability and sport


Inside abasiophilia, or the fetishization of people with disabilities

I was around the age of 21 when I received it.  “Hey, I just read an article of yours about being gay and disabled,” the message, from a complete stranger on Facebook, read. “I’ve always been attracted to guys with, uhm, obstacles.”  Attracted to obstacles? WTF! I thought. Of course, I was young at the time. And having just started having sex (I was a late bloomer, years of internalized homophobia will do that to a person), I didn’t know what to think. Who was this person, and what did...
Tags: Life, Lifestyle, Disability, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Josh Galassi, Disgaybled, Abasiophilia, Abasiophiliacs


We're looking at death all wrong. Here's why.

These days, for the most part, the concept of death is consumed by health care and medicine. However, as humans we need to view death as more than just a medical event. It takes into account our psychology, spirituality, philosophy, social worlds, and personal lives.This reconsideration should also apply to the way we treat people who are dying. Life is in the senses, not just our physical capabilities. A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death ...
Tags: Health, Death, Life, Disability, Innovation, Emotions, Health Care, Senses, Human body, Practical Advice for Living Life


Are all gay and disabled men bottoms? Inside my week-long quest to find out.

Josh Galassi (Photo credit: Jenny Jimenez) For the first 27 years, I spent all 14.1 million minutes of my very gay and very disabled life as a bottom. I was happy as a disabled bottom. The yummy ease! The delicious penetration! The idea that I could just lay there and think about what kind of delectable wine I wanted with dinner, while the person above me got off?! How could you not love such a thing? I guess I never gave topping much thought. After all, being a disabled top, or even versa...
Tags: Facebook, Sex, Life, Lifestyle, Disability, Seattle, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Andrew, Veronica Mars, Kyle, Carmen Sandiego, Josh Galassi, Bottoming, Evan Goldstein, Andrew Gurza



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