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Where to find new holiday bookings for 2022

For any Isle of Wight hotel or B&B, restaurant or cafe, attraction or amenity wanting more bookings this year, this eye-opening article in the Guardian tells you where they can come from.  “For every person with a disability who doesn’t travel because of the logistical challenges, you have a family, you have carers, you have friends

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Train Changes to/from Portsmouth in January

Weekend Trains Affected South Western Railways announced: “Engineers from Network Rail will be carrying out essential maintenance work at Landport Viaduct, one of Portsmouth’s most prominent Victorian railway structures. With the amount of work that needs to be completed, trains will not be able to run meaning rail replacement buses will be in operation for

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Changing attitudes towards deaf people: Strictly Come Dancing winner

Staffordshire deafness charity praises Rose Strictly win dDeaflinks Staffordshire said the success had taken people by surprise because of a lack of understanding about deafness. “As a society we’ve grown up not seeing the deaf community, so we don’t fully understand it, we’ve not been educated and that’s why we’re surprised…” Read more here.

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Temporary Access Difficulties At FastCat

WHEELCHAIR and mobility scooter users, and passengers with pushchairs, bikes or large suitcases, will be unable to travel on Wightlink’s FastCat service today (Monday 1st January 2022). The ferry company said there was a technical issue with the FastCat berth. Wightlink is making a major facilities upgrade costing £15million from January for around 12 weeks…

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Hand cycling has given me my freedom back

When Neil Russell discovered handbikes, he felt like he had found a way of getting his “freedom and independence back”. The 36-year-old was born with spina bifida and walked with a bad limp until he had his right leg removed below the knee at the age of 18. But encountering the cycle inspired him to

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Wheelchair-using Minister unable to attend COP26 in Glasgow

We must act on accessibility, says Israeli minister An Israeli minister unable to get into COP26 in her wheelchair says her experience showed the need for better accessibility. On Monday, Karine Elharrar was forced to return to her hotel 50 miles away because of the access problems. The UK government has apologised… Read more here

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