Win an Amplicomms Power Tel M6300



Simple Phone makes a Big Noise – the amplicomms PowerTel M6300

The battery on the amplicomms M6300 will last around 7 days, with a ring tone that will match a Rolling Stones concert, at 90dB’s and powerful vibrate, so you won’t miss any calls.  You’ll also be able to hear conversations, as the volume booster button will increase the call much louder than a regular mobile.

In case of an emergency, the M6300 eases the stress as it comes with an SOS button to call 5 selected nearest and dearest until the call is answered.  

The M6300 is an amplified phone designed for people with hearing loss, but for simple phone calls, text messaging,Bluetooth connectivity and a long battery life this is one of the Smartest Phones you need.  

Disability North announces return of popular exhibition

The largest independent living event in north of England is opening its doors once again to give disabled people access to must-have products and services. logo_0.jpg

Disability North has been hosting the free event for disabled or elderly people and their families, in addition to carers and healthcare professionals, for the past 30 years.

Now event organisers are on the hunt for leading businesses and suppliers in the sector to exhibit at the show, which is organised in partnership with Moving and Handling People North. 

Exhibitors will be able to meet directly with potential customers and publicise themselves at the biggest event of the year. 

New MD for care-provider regard

New Regard MD Carole Edmond

The appointment has been announced of Carole Edmond as the new managing director for The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Her arrival coincides with a period of significant growth at Regard which currently cares for more than 1,100 people, with a dedicated staff of over 2,200 people working at 148 locations throughout the UK.  

The organisation has opened 13 new services over the past year, with another three due to open during the first three months of 2017.

Regard’s CEO, Sandie Foxall-Smith, said: “We are delighted to have Carole join us at what is shaping up to be a very exciting time for Regard.

Now Delta 7 are taking the next step in their career with the release of first ever track ‘The Jungle’

Delta 7

Delta 7 are a seven-piece rock band from Eastbourne, East Sussex, who write and perform all their own material. Band members Mikey, Fraser, Elliot, Harry, David, Craig and Speedy have different personalities, talents and disabilities. But their shared love of performing, positive energy and mutual support allows them to create music that is infectious and inspiring, making Delta 7 an uplifting and powerful voice for everyone who feels a little outside ‘the mainstream’ of society. 

Ben’s mental health campaign raised hats and £10,000 to support automotive colleagues

Ben’s mental health campaign

• The UK’s automotive community showed support for colleagues and raised awareness about mental health challenges

• The event gained support from celebrities Mike Brewer, Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson

• #HatsOn4MentalHealth trended on Twitter


Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families, has announced that circa £10,000 has been raised so far from its first ever national fundraising event – Hats on 4 Mental Health Day.

‘Flying’ 15 minute care visits still a bleak reality for thousands of disabled people

disabled people

·       Over 30,000 people receiving 15-minute homecare visits in England 

·       Half of these people live in council areas that admit to using 15-minute visits for personal care

·       Over one in five councils provide these rushed visits for personal care

·       Leonard Cheshire Disability wants councils to put a stop to undignified and unsafe ‘flying’ care visits

Thousands of disabled and older people are still receiving undignified homecare in 15 minute slots despite official guidance against these ‘flying’ care visits, and major concerns they deprive people of appropriate and compassionate care.

Arctic Piranha offers a safe haven for learning disabled clubbers

disabled clubbers

A new report has been released by a leading charity which shows that 1 in 4 disabled people have been discriminated against in mainstream clubs and at music gigs, but ARC’s regular Arctic Piranha club nights are already going some way in combatting feelings of isolation and harassment for learning disabled adults in the Tees Valley.

The national report, which was published by Mencap as part of their Don’t Freeze Us Out campaign last week, asked 300 learning disabled people aged between 18 to 35 how they felt about going to clubs and music gigs. 

The report showed that 1 in 4 had been bullied at a nightclub, 13% said they were worried about asking for help if they needed it and 24% said they often felt like they couldn’t go to clubs and therefore felt isolated. 

£1.5m fund announced to inspire future athletes

Child with doctor having prostheses

DISABLED children across England are taking their first steps to greatness after a £1.5m funding opportunity is announced. 

NHS England has pledged more than a million pounds to give children who are missing an arm or leg specialist sports prostheses such as running blades and swimming legs.

The scheme was announced following Team GB’s success at last year’s Paralympics and aims to give youngsters the chance to become more active and to support the next generation of sporting heroes.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the £1.5m fund during the Rio games and believes every child should be given the opportunity to take part in sport. 

Adam Hills calls for teammates to challenge Paralympians in new superhero Tri

Adam Hills calls for teammates to challenge Paralympians in new superhero Tri

In a super-charged start to the New Year, five new Celebrity Team Captains have stepped forward to take part in Superhero Series’ debut event Superhero Tri: comedian Adam Hills, Paralympians Ali Jawad, Stephen Miller and Liz Johnson and TV reporter Jordan Jarrett-Bryan. The series also unveils a new ‘Super Partner’: employee service provider Personal Group.
Big, bold and gutsy, Superhero Tri takes place on 19 August at Dorney Lake and is the first event in the only sports series dedicated to the UK’s 12 million people with disabilities and long-term injuries – the everyday Superhero. 

Accessibility Mark Centres Join Forces with Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day

Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to attend their participating riding centre to find out about the opportunities on offer.

Businesses can hold their Disabled Access Day on March 10th, 11th or 12th 2017 andthis event encourages venues to showcase their facilities and the services they provide.  

RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher said: “Accessibility Mark is now developing into a great success and we are delighted to be promoting Disabled Access Day in the Spring.

“We want as many people as possible to get involved and go along to their local Accessibility Mark accredited riding centre to take part in the activities they are running.”

The sky’s the limit for helicopter fan James

James Jenner

A young man with learning disabilities from Worthing has fulfilled the dream of a lifetime and taken to the skies on board a helicopter.

James Jenner, who is on the autistic spectrum, and who has a passion for all things aeronautical, made the pleasure flight from Goodwood airfield.

The 20-year-old, who lives at Coneyhurst Lodge residential service in St Lawrence Avenue, was accompanied by his key worker Aimée White.

The pair enjoyed a thrilling 30-minute flight along the Hampshire and West Sussex coastline on board the G-Sunn helicopter.

“James really loves aeroplanes and helicopters and was delighted when he got the chance for a flight from Goodwood,” said Aimée.

2017 is the year to strike back against poor accessibility

Ted Hill & Anne Wafula

Ted Hill MBE, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship 

2017 began with a shocking story of a woman forced to wet herself on a train with no disabled toilet. I was appalled to realise this was my friend, Anne Wafula-Strike MBE – a British Polio Ambassador and Paralympian who has campaigned tirelessly for those living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), and the millions who struggle to access even the most basic amenities.   A three hour journey with no access to a toilet beggars belief but is a scenario our members and many of your readers will identify with.

Ingenious Inventions Shortlisted For “Dragons' Den” Design Award

boy with a spoon

Glasses for computer users who don’t have the use of their arms and a wheelchair that goes up and down steps are just two of the shortlisted entries battling it out in a “Dragons' Den” inspired event to find the next rising star of design.

The Blackwood Design Awards discover, and champion, new and innovative ideas which aim to improve standards of living for those with physical or mental disabilities.

Dozens of ingenious entries were received for the competition and the nine inventions on the shortlist have now been revealed, with a blink-controlled, hands free phone system and a body-temperature regulating cushion for wheelchair users making up the finalists.