Ian Franks is still writing 50 years after starting his first job as a journalist. And he has had to contend with MS, epilepsy, and having to use a wheelchair.
Ian Franks slams shameful treatment of mental health benefits claimants, calls for an investigation, and demands that those responsible should go.
Ian Franks, who has MS and uses a wheelchair, explains what a broken laptop meant to him - and his consequent thought of others unable to lose themselves in something else besides their disease or disability.
Ian Franks has MS and, because he has severe mobility problems, he is also a wheelchair user. Today he says don't be afraid to use wheelchairs, they are tools to help you get around and improve your independence.
It was a strange day, well, certainly out of the ordinary! I am talking about last Friday, November 8, 2019. First of all, it was my birthday (yep, now 67, getting on a bit) but it was also the day I had to see my neurologist for my regular MS check-up. Not the day I … Continue reading Birthday presents: True diagnosis and a possible treatment
Picture the scene. You are several floors above ground and the fire alarm sounds. You have not been informed of either a drill or a test and, so, the instructions are: evacuation. Just one problem, you have mobility issues. You either use a wheelchair or can on walk down the stairs with great difficulty, in pain, … Continue reading Several floors up, fire alarm sounds – but you have mobility problems
Determination is one of the best qualities to which we all can aspire. Whatever our disease, condition, or disability, we can all try to have more determination in our lives. It is that quality that changes “I can’t” to “I can”. It is about making every effort in life. Of course, I am not talking … Continue reading Changing “I can’t” to “I can” – determination is key
Current work and pensions secretary Esther McVey stands accused of lying to fellow MPs about the Motability disability car scheme. In parliamentary-speak, this is called 'misleading the house'. And the accusation comes from within her own party! Lord Sterling, who was a founder of Motability in 1977, told McVey in a letter that the “litany … Continue reading Conservative peer calls out McVey for lying to MPs about Motability
Shock, horror. Motabilty Operations, part of the Motability charity, is facing allegations about its finances. The UK organisation provides cars for disabled people who receive the highest level of benefit for mobility. It is accused of having enormous cash reserves and is said to pay its chief executive an outrageous six figure salary. Extraordinary, we … Continue reading Motability faces financial allegations but stands strong against its critics
Cruise lovers have widely differing opinions about the use of mobility scooters on board ships. And that affects everyone with mobility difficulties, whether caused by a disease such as multiple sclerosis, injury, or even aging. Their views are included as comments on a story appearing on cruise.co.uk website. They vary from calls for mobility scooters … Continue reading Mobility scooters: A question of cruising