Posts Tagged "travel"

Court rules strollers have priority over wheelchairs

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Court rules strollers have priority over wheelchairs

This week in Britain, a court of appeal ruled that bus companies don’t have to prioritise wheelchair users over mothers pushing strollers. It’s a decision that pits buggies against wheelchairs and mothers against the disabled. That’s not a battle I feel comfortable with. And does it even exist? After all, I’m a mother and I have a disabled daughter – that’s one mighty internal struggle. On BabyCentre, I wrote about the ruling and was pleased that majority of folk on the web site and then on their Facebook page agreed: that outside of extreme situations,...

Read More

Kids all access… the Barbican Arts Centre

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 | 2 comments

Kids all access… the Barbican Arts Centre

Oh, Barbican Arts Centre: you audacious modernist complex, you concrete slabs and jutting angles, you that supplies not one, but six different flavours of ice cream (of which I bought four of today, yum). Oh, Barbican Arts Centre: I think I’m a little bit in love with you. Here’s a brief list of the reasons why: Free parking for Blue Badge holders Free carer ticket to events* Lifts, wide corridors, automatic doors – everywhere Easy access to wheelchair seats – and they are good seats Home to the London Symphony Orchestra – lovelovelove   May has been to...

Read More

Will this product revolutionize seating for disabled kids?

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 | 5 comments

Will this product revolutionize seating for disabled kids?

When I was a toddler, I sat in a red rocking chair and read books. I would drink in each page as if I was digesting War and Peace. Page one: picture of a drum. Page two: a ball. Later, my son sat in the same chair, reading the same book. He didn’t just sit on it, he used it to propel himself up to stand and then to walk. None of those options were ever in the cards for May. She can’t read or stand or – until now – sit using that beloved red rocking chair. A couple of months ago, the Leckey company sent me their new Firefly GoTo seat to test out. Leckey is the...

Read More

Kids All Access… Hampton Court Palace

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 | 3 comments

Kids All Access… Hampton Court Palace

As if our children don’t already feel like royalty, why not treat them like it! And, so it was that I celebrated my 40th birthday properly. Not rushed in a quick meal down the road. Not rushed with a toast over dinner sitting in front of the television. I took myself and my family and friends and stayed in a palace, Hampton Court Palace, for the weekend. Children pick up on the atmosphere of their parents. May, too. She has a long history of sensing negative situations. I worried that the kids wouldn’t enjoy it, because after all – despite what I said above, I would...

Read More

Kids all access… The Tate Modern

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 | 4 comments

Kids all access… The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern art gallery is an ex-power plant. It is the most visited art gallery in Britain, by people of all ages. And, of all the art galleries, it really is perfect for families. Its cavernous rooms are easily negotiated by a stroller or wheelchair. There are numerous lifts and disabled toilets on every floor. High ceilings swallow up both screaming children and parents yelling, “Don’t touch… oh no, too late.” Of course, being an art gallery, some people may not be as eager for your children to race around the gallery space. (What do they know?) These people...

Read More