First Drive: The Space Race

First Drive: The Space Race

The Leon ST might be the estate car we’ve all been waiting for. Masses of space and more options to choose from than a mouse in a cheese shop. From Able Magazine #110 (March/April 2014) According to one car salesperson I’ve spoken with, people get the wrong idea about the...
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Able Magazine Turns 20

Able Magazine Turns 20

You can’t fail to notice that this issue marks exactly, our twentieth anniversary. We think that’s worth celebrating at a time when so many magazines are struggling to stay open. I’d like to thank you, the readers, for your loyalty, enthusiasm and support over these years in helping to shape...
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Steel Wheels: Choosing The Right Wheelchair For You

Steel Wheels: Choosing The Right Wheelchair For You

Wheelchairs come in all manner of shapes, colours and designs. The choices seem endless but purchasing decisions are so important to think through. We’ve put together our quick guide to buying the best wheelchair for you. From Able Magazine #110 (March/April 2014) The cost of a new wheelchair can vary hugely. Whilst many wheelchairs are...
In Depth - Power of Attorney

In Depth – Power of Attorney

It’s important to have a plan for tomorrow, not only along the lines of what you want to achieve and do with it but also taking into account what’ll happen if things go wrong; if you become ill and unable to explain how you’d like your affairs, both in terms of finance and welfare taken...
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Travel Tales: Value Vacations

Travel Tales: Value Vacations

It won’t be too long until the weather gets a bit brighter and warmer and we begin to think about taking a summer holiday. We’ve put together a few postcard portraits of places offering specific ideas for disabled people. From Able Magazine #110 (March/April 2014) At a time when many of us are watching the...
Get Active: Misfits

Get Active: Misfits

Julie Andrews cracks the boards at ‘Misfits’ in Bristol, the unique theatre company and social group for people with learning difficulties.  From Able Magazine #110 (March/April 2014) When you find yourself, launched into a workshop of a well established theatre company it can be a daunting experience for a newbie. However, working alongside Misfits actors,...
Able's Naidex National Preview

Able’s Naidex National Preview

Naidex National returns to the NEC Birmingham and promises to supply a cloudburst of choice and colour to the disability events calendar. It sums up why exhibitions are so good for disabled people. From Able Magazine #110 (March/April 2014) The sheer scale of the annual Naidex National exhibition means that for many disabled people it’s...
Personal Independence Payments (PIP): How's It Going?

Personal Independence Payments (PIP): How’s It Going?

You may recall that PIP is a new benefit for people of working age who need help participating in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA); claims for the new benefit began in June 2013 and those people already in receipt of DLA began being reassessed...
My Story: Paul Moore

My Story: Paul Moore

Paul Moore hasn’t looked back since winning a place on The Network, the future talent scheme of the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival and is currently working for ITV Entertainment on a new primetime gameshow.   From Able Magazine #110 (March/April 2014), Words: Paul Moore “So Paul,” said my English teacher, my essay on ‘An...
Liam's New Hands

Liam’s New Hands

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” – Charles de Lint...
Nanovaccines: vaccines that don't need refrigeration in developing countries

Nanovaccines: vaccines that don’t need refrigeration in developing countries

If vaccines get too warm, health workers have to throw them away. So researchers are trying to design vaccines that can withstand heat. New nanotechnology could be the trick. Health workers have to keep vaccines cool at all times – from the moment of their production until they are administered by injection or in other...
The Medium As Message: Disability and Television

The Medium As Message: Disability and Television

Television lives by the idea that art imitates life. Perhaps more than any other medium, television is the eye revealing our soul. If that’s true we can start to look at it critically to gauge exactly how disabled people are currently thought of and how that’s changed over the years. From Able Magazine #110 (March/April...
Column: Mike Penning MP

Column: Mike Penning MP

  After the success of our Paralympians at the London Games of 2012, our athletes are now taking to the field in what promises to be a thrilling Winter Paralympics in the Russian resort of Sochi. Great Britain has a proud history of participating in every Winter Paralympics since the first event was held in...
Comedians Alex Brooker and Francesca Martinez to Open and Close Naidex National 2014

Comedians Alex Brooker and Francesca Martinez to Open and Close Naidex National 2014

TV comedians Alex Brooker and Francesca Martinez will open and close Naidex National, the UK’s largest disability, homecare and rehabilitation event, on 29 and 1 May at the NEC, Birmingham. Known for his award-winning witty comedy panel show, The Last Leg, which he presents alongside Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe, Brooker, who wears a prosthetic leg, will open the...