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Out and About: 5 Tips on How to be Helpful to Disabled People you Meet

picture is looking along an empty train platform on a rainy day. In the centre of the platform a sign says "help point" and next to that is a big, round device with buttons, used at stations by passengers for getting help and information.

As I have discussed in the previous posts in this series, disabled people are supported to learn to travel in a variety of ways and there are a variety of things that we can do while we’re out to try to make sure that everything runs smoothly. But for you non-disabled people out there who want to try to be helpful, what can you do? I thought it would be a useful topic to discuss.

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Celebrating Disabled Mothers

Picture is a hand drawn love heart shape with child-like writing to give the message of "I love my mum"On 26th March, it is Mother’s Day. A day when people celebrate the role of mothers. A day when we recognise the contribution that these women make to our lives. There are many disabled women around the world who find ways to overcome their difficulties and still run happy families. So I thought it would be important to celebrate the lives of these women.

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Making Images on Websites Accessible

picture shows the BBC News homepage for March 13th 2017 without pictures and instead displays the alt text that would normally only be heard through screenreaders. An example includes for the headline "MPs to consider Brexit Bill changes" the alt text reads: "A road traffic sign is in front of the Union Jack and the European flag hanging outside European House in Smith Square, London"

Recently we had a chat here at The Aidis Trust about the image descriptions we put on our blog to help visually impaired people, so I thought it may be useful to write a post about why it’s important to have these image descriptions.

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Out and About: Talking to People

picture shows someone's hand holding a business card that reads "Please offer me a seat - Remember not all disabilities and conditions are visible" There is also the Transport for London logo on the card.

So, another travel related post. This time I wanted to talk about the people one meets on one’s travels, because as anyone with a disability that’s visual obviously will know, you find some interesting reactions.

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Out and About: Why Buses Should Announce Their Stops Just Like Trains

For the first three posts in this series, I have focused on how people with disabilities learn to travel. For the remainder of the series I’ll be focusing on more advanced topics, mainly of interest to our disabled readers, relating to travel.

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