According to a leading published *study, more than 10 million individuals in the UK are thought to have some form of hearing disability. Of which, 800,000 are profoundly deaf. Hearing loss can be caused by a number of reasons, from lifestyle choices due to exposure to excessive noise to temporary causes due to certain medications. […]Read more
My blog aims to inspire, inform and change the world around disability issues. By starting with my personal experiences and sharing my individual progress; it begins the conversation. I discuss my family, friends, love of music, struggles as a Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club fan, my world travels and crazy challenges. I also work as an online facilitator for disabled people; covering social care and benefits to travel and relationships. This is to understand other people’s experiences, share, learn, support and progress together. My personal achievements show what is possible, but every individual should achieve in their own way. Sign up now for regular updates.
When words cannot describe something, what can one do? I say grab the flipcam and film it! My videos show things in a new, interesting and exciting way. They are often from more thrilling occurrences such as my world travels, flying a plane myself, or interviewing someone else of interest to you. The same ethos applies – inform, inspire, and change. People have commented the videos get across my positive attitude to life, silly sense of humour and in explaining my useful approaches to overcoming lifes barriers. Checkout the latest video now on www.martynsibley.com/videos
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Earlier this week I read an article on disability and shopping. It explained how a survey by the Muscular Dystrophy Trailblazers showed that many disabled people are unable to shop on our high streets. Now, we all like a little shopping spree, disabled or not. Whether it’s an impulse buy of naughty food, the latest […]Read more
If you have been watching the past two series of this provocative show, you too might be asking whether the questions: what is The Undateables doing to people’s perception of disability and will it be making a positive impact to disability issues? Two questions that are very difficult to answer. To really educate society on the difficulties of being disabled, […]Read more
If you or someone in your family is a wheelchair user, then you may wish to have a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Choosing one of these can be a daunting task. You will have to choose something that meets the needs of the person using the wheelchair, and is comfortable for the other people who will […]Read more
I have a love hate relationship with New Year’s Eve. As a kid it was an anticlimax after Christmas when the adults seemed to have more fun then me. As a teenager our family and friends hired a local hall and DJ, which meant we could have an inclusive party. In my early twenties I […]Read more
My disability has been with me since my birth. There’s a lot of things I can’t do for myself. However I have always ensured that it never defined me. After all, my identity is about far more than just some things I can’t do physically. I generally like to ensure my physical needs are supported, […]Read more
You may have noticed a calmer, quieter and more reflective tone since the John o Groats to Lands End trek. My last two posts have outlined my recent life worries and current needs from a business perspective. Neither were overtly negative, but necessarily aware within a moment. Beyond these specific needs, life has been rattling […]Read more
When I left my day job at Scope in July 2011, I had a push and a pull factor. The push factor was to leave my safe and routined life. The pull factor was to manage awesome disability projects and find my way in this world. The upsides were infinite, but the downside was fear […]Read more
I’m a positive person. People say this resonates through my body, speech, writing and general vibe. It’s the main reason I do so many things, but it sometimes raises questions, like: Am I always so happy? Do things ever worry me? What are my limits? When do situations prove too difficult? On the one hand […]Read more