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An emoji is nice and all but that won’t make me feel like an equal member of society when I can't afford parts for my broken wheelchair.

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24.07.2019

Do you ever get the feeling you’re being ripped off?

Paying over the odds is something every disabled person encounters. Time and time again, we are faced with eye-watering prices for ‘basic’ products and equipment that are labelled as ‘disability’ or ‘specialist’ but have a price tag that is often extortionate.

On average, one in five disabled people incur extra costs of £583 per month, with almost 25 per cent looking at more than £1000 extra. This price tag is calculated after welfare payments designed to meet those costs have been taken into account.

Society seems to be charging the disabled community for the right to be independent and participate fully.

The attitude seems to be that we won’t spend billions to make the world a more accessible place to live, yet we will still charge you a premium and if you can’t afford it, well, tough luck.

Bespoke wheelchairs start from £2,000 up to £20,000 and over for an electric chair. Add to that the maintenance; a new battery costs £600, while you have to shell out £15 for special cutlery and if you want some wheelchair gloves that’s another £20. Yet the same gloves, advertised as bike or riding gloves, are much cheaper.

Planning a holiday? Well, as someone with a disability you are deemed as ‘high risk, so insurance companies charge you more, sometimes exceeding the cost of your flight.

Meanwhile, accessible hotel rooms are not very accessible at all, so you need to buy and transport your own hoist. Not to worry though, that will only set you back a couple of grand.

Then there is the cost of........

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