Snow, snow, and more snow to come
With much of the country waking up to some of the heaviest snow in years, the weather instantly becomes a disability topic. Well, we're Ouch, so absolutely everything is a disability topic to us ...
What do you find are the difficulties for you and your particular impairment in such snowy, icy weather? The authorities are advising people to stay at home and not travel unless absolutely necessary, whilst the essential gritting of smaller roads and pavements is obviously going to take some time. But what about if you absolutely need to venture outside - maybe to get in some food from the shops? What's the best way to handle yourself and your mobility aids - whether guide dog, cane, crutches or wheelchair - in these conditions? And if you're travelling further and need to rely on public transport, minicabs, taxicards or your own vehicle, how's that going? If you've got any tips or advice, stick 'em in the comments for other people to read.
Of course, one great source of info is right here on Ouch itself. Our messageboard community have touched on this topic in winters gone by: how to survive the snow, for instance; or here, from 2005, snow, ice and wheelchairs.
Elsewhere, if you fancy making the most of the snowy conditions, you could think about finding a disability-friendly way of learning to ski. That's what Emma Bowler did. If that isn't your kind of thing, there's always the option of trying out some 'mushing' - or dog-sled racing. Though the huskies might be hard to come by. Or inspire yourself by reading Ouch editor Damon Rose's tale of snow-bound bravery from 2003.
Finally, if none of that takes your fancy, and you're not a fan of the cold, the ice and the snow, then Ouch's very own Disability Bitch can sympathise - because she absolutely hates winter!