• access,  photos,  Uncategorized

    >Accessibility at Center Parcs Part 1 – The Villa

    >I spent last weekend (Friday – Monday) at Center Parcs, Longleat Forest.  I’ve been to Center Parcs loads of times but it had been about 12 years since I last went to Longleat.  Center Parcs are great at access.  They don’t get it all right and there were some very obvious frustrations and places where I thought they could do better. They provide some very detailed accessibility information (in a series of PDFs) on their website and I thought I would blog (with photos) about how I found it.  I’m splitting this into more than one entry for length. We stayed in a 2 bedroom “Comfort Plus” villa.  This is…

  • access,  complaints,  disability,  disability voices,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    >When Persistence Pays Off

    >This is a bit of a follow on to my Advocacy Tips post and is cross posted to Disability Voices One of the tips I gave in that post was to be persistent.  The example I gave was one of my local supermarkets.  My chair would only go through the wide aisle checkout and it was often closed when I visited.  The staff would open it when I asked but they had a bad attitude towards doing so and made me uncomfortable.  As a result I didn’t go there often and had actually decided I wouldn’t shop there again. I had personally made something like six complaints to them, mostly…

  • access,  awareness,  baclofen,  fluoxetine,  goals,  meds,  Uncategorized,  weight loss,  wii

    >A Bordering on TMI Update Type Post

    >Being that it’s over a week since I wrote a “proper” catch up type blog entry I thought I better see what I could do about that right now.  This entry contains items which fall under the category of TMI – you have been warned! The goals I wrote about a few weeks ago are… OK but kinda stalled.  My TV license is renewed, I’ve e-mailed or called or spoken to on facebook chat most of my friends I wanted to catch up with but not all.  I have looked briefly into changing my ISP but need to do more for that really.  I haven’t even started my shawl I…

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    >101 in 1001 – Item 96…

    > Visit the Ashmolean …has been completed! If this entry was not a 101 in 1001 completed item entry it would have the alternate title of Cripple-locks and the Three Lifts. So, yesterday was the Eleventh Month meet up (NaNoWriMo group).  Only we were supposed to meet in Waterstones as Borders is gone.  And we couldn’t get any seats.  Well, I had my own but no one else was that organised.  Mostly it was just me and Steve, one of the others popped in briefly but couldn’t stay and we never found the other person who was coming.  After a long while hanging around to see if we could find…

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    >Me. I Did That.

    >Yesterday I went somewhere and saw they had made changes to their access.  Changes because I had asked for them and suggested what they could be.  Changes which were made extremely quickly (I suggested them Thursday evening).  I was looking at them thinking “I did this.  Me.” Knowing I achieved something and that I was the one to make a difference is a wonderful feeling. All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • access,  disability,  snow,  Uncategorized,  wii

    >Snowbound

    >The snow means I haven’t left the house since I walked home as it was falling Tuesday night.  And there is no chance in hell that I’m getting out of the house tomorrow either.  Realistically at the moment I can’t see Sunday being a day out either but who knows for definite. I was supposed to go see the nurse on Thursday; that got rescheduled to Tuesday but the pessimist in me now sees it getting rescheduled AGAIN. The “I’ve been stuck in the house for three days with no end in sight blues” AKA Cabin Fever has just struck within the last hour or so.  I’ve actually done much…

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    >What looking for access information can mean

    > I think I’ve mentioned in passing that there have been a lot of access issues and niggles and such like lately. Which takes a lot of energy and can be very upsetting at times. Monday night was one of those days when they all got on top of me. One thing these issues have made me realise is just how many people aren’t really aware of everything involved so I thought I would share one story. It’s actually the one that was easiest resolved and had less agonising over than any of the other things I’ve experienced lately. Also it has the happiest result. I’ve been invited out in…

  • access,  baclofen,  disability,  meds,  scale junkie,  Uncategorized

    >It’s Tuesday

    >And on Tuesday’s I update this blog for the Healthy You Challenge. I’ve been putting this off all day in the hope of finding a better mood in which to do it but I guess it isn’t going to happen. I am having one of those days where being disabled is hard. I don’t have them often (thankfully) but they do happen sometimes. I could do without them if I’m honest. The short version is I had a go at doing something I don’t usually on Sunday and struggled but managed… and put my back out in the process. There’s also been a couple of other niggly issues. Nothing major…

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    >The Problem with Pubs

    >The problem with the pubs around here I have found is the access. And in the last two weeks that’s led to some interesting happenings. I went to one pub the week before last for drinks with the creative writers. There were only three of us there and it was fun. It was only the second time I’ve been there; the main entrance doesn’t have access but last year (I think) it was refurbished and there is now access through a side gate into the garden bit and then ramped access into the pub. They have a disabled loo and it’s all good. (side note: the lack of the disabled…

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    >Wheeling around Town

    >I went shopping with my sister earlier. Just in town here but I needed a few big things which I couldn’t carry home on my powerchair. Originally I had thought she may need to take a list and go alone but she said my chair would fit in as well (and it did) so I went too. Won’t bore you with the list of what I bought other than two bottles of very cheap Jose Cuervo Margarita and a magazine it was pretty much all boring house stuff – dull but necessary. I did manage to wheel my manual chair for the entire time we were in town. The only…