Much progress can come from those who move beyond their comfort zones – for whatever reason. Julia Cassim “Work with the extreme to design for the mainstream”

I’ve been involved with Disability issues in Turkey since 1995.  20 years earlier, volunteering as a young student I’d met some inspiring young people: one was Janette who one day asked if I’d missed her the previous week; she’d been swimming.

Wheelmap – record accessibility of anywhere you know, for others to plan accessible trips

Disability in Turkey

Disability and Higher Education:  Towards Inclusive Universities by Empowering Disabled Students, 2008-9 EU project developing training of disability advisors.  Project materials and relevant links have now been transferred to the indus2016 website. The original project website disappeared after Ozan Oktay, the founder and technical coordinator of the website, died of cancer in 2016.  He was a rare example of someone with Epidermolysis bullosa who studied at university, graduated, worked, enjoyed life and contributed to others as long as life allowed him to.

Disability – Global  (beyond Turkey).  Tom Shakespeare’s seminar at Koç University in Istanbul, February 2012 Part 1  Part 2

Accessible Travel + Tourism

Disability and Language: communication and foreign language learning.

Disability and Science

Peter White‘s BBC Radio 4 Programs:  A Disabled Identity the birth of a modern disabled identity in the 19th century.  A walk with David Blunkett  (December 2014)

Disability and Disaster

And a selection of links

Bicycles for all [11]

Elisabeth’s Garden shows how accessible gardening can be.  Carry on Gardening has more ideas for disabled people wanting to garden.

The Battle of the Screen Readers  JAWS vs NVDA

Scenes of Silence; an exhibition on Non-Verbal Communication [12]

Hibiscus Travel [13]: cruises for people with disabilities, especially hearing impaired and Deaf, organised from the USA

Read-Right [14] is a program that aims to provide free rehabilitation to patients with Hemianopic Alexia. This is a specific reading disorder related to visual impairment usually caused by a stroke or head injury.

Black Dog – In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day 2012, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.

Touretteshero Jessie Thom

Hydrocephalus shunt designed in 1960 by friends of Roald Dahl, for his son.  I am one  of the 3000 who benefited from the structure. What a man, Roald Dahl!