Win an Amplicomms Power Tel M6300

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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.  

Get that festive feeling with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

As the festive season gets into full swing and decorations adorn every shopping street, start getting into the Christmas spirit with The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.

The free online Guide features in-depth reviews of accessible attractions across the UK including the Eden Project where visitors can explore behind the scenes of Santa’s grotto. Discover the bunkbeds where elves sleep and the pigeonholes full of letters to Santa in a cosy tent, before meeting the man himself, accompanied by his jolly working elves. The Eden Project also offers sessions for autistic visitors and anyone with sensory and communicational needs, making the event accessible for all.

How to keep your new year resolutions and retain positive plans

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With almost two decades of experience gained as a Senior Investigator with elite law enforcement agencies in the UK, Mark Bowden now employs his skills as a professional life strategist and hypnotherapist to help clients the world over to achieve happiness, freedom and success. Mark prides himself on enlisting the latest advances in neuroscience to treat individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, pain management and much more beyond. Mark’s advanced techniques enable the client to regain control of their brain and empower them to conquer their fears and succeed in their chosen life goals.

Getting vocal about disability

 Remploy ambassadors answering questions as part of the Twitter Q&A.

Remploy, the UK’s leading specialist in disability employment, is encouraging people with a disability or health condition to make their voice heard as part of the United Nation’s ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (IDPD).

IDPD takes place annually on 3rd December and Remploy’s theme this year is ‘The Disabled Voice’. They will be holding sessions at branches across the UK on Friday 2nd and Monday 5th December to provide the opportunity for disabled people to air their views on employment and the support Remploy provides.

Mate crime - Friend or Fake?

Mike Smoult

Thousands of parents of children with disabilities could be innocently exposing their sons and daughters to so-called mate crime – by leaving them money in their will.

“Parents may think they are doing the right thing by leaving their children money and assets in their will”, says leading wills and probate law specialist Michael Smoult of Gorvins Solicitors.

“But if they are unable to manage their money, perhaps because of mental health or learning issues, it leaves them open to others taking advantage of their vulnerability. It`s ironic, but in these situations, leaving   someone like this money is actually the worst thing a parent can do.”

Paralympic athlete photography exhibition to promote disability in sport

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Some of the Rio Paralympic stars will be the focus of a one-off photography exhibition in London to promote sport in the disabled community.

Pictures capturing the emotion of gold medallists Jonnie Peacock, Richard Whitehead and Hannah Cockcroft will be featured in the event.

The series of pictures were taken by Roger Bool, who was asked to capture official press shots of the British athletes who were competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for the national charity WheelPower and Welsh organisation Disability Sport Wales (DSW).

Roger, who runs his own photography company, said: “As good as the action shots are, nothing beats capturing the athletes’ reactions when they break a record which is truly amazing.

it’s time to clear the path for people with disabilities to access water

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No more excuses: it’s time to clear the path for people with disabilities to access water, sanitation and hygiene

 

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, Dan Jones, and Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor Jane Wilbur reflect that it’s time to get real about ‘leaving no-one behind’.

From Liberia to Nepal, Ethiopia to India, progress is being made to ensure more determined, creative and optimistic disabled people are living lives with dignity with inclusive water infrastructure, accessible toilets and improved hygiene services.

paralympian launches revolutionary new wheelchair that lets users see eye to eye.

PARALYMPIAN Phil Eaglesham has invented a revolutionary new affordable wheelchair that lets users see eye to eye, with backing from the family of Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden. 

Corporal Eaglesham helped to create the new style of mobility device after catching Q Fever while serving in Afghanistan and having to use a wheelchair himself.

He found that existing designs were impractical, unwieldy, too low down and incompatible with modern living and so he determined to create a revolutionary new wheelchair that could help users live their lives more fully and to feel ‘abled, not disabled'.

Great Achievement for Steve

Steve Wall

Steve Wall from Somerset has thoroughly caught the equestrian bug thanks to the team at Urchinwood Manor based in Bristol.

Steve, who is partially sighted and has been registered blind all his life, has been riding at Urchinwood Manor for nine years after first having a go on an excursion with a day centre. 

The centre has been run by Sally and Peter Hall since 1979 and was one of the pioneer centres of the Accessibility Mark scheme, taking up accredited in May 2014.

Survey highlights gaps in support for carers

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Myeloma UK carer survey findings suggest that emotional, mental and physical factors, combined with a lack of support and awareness of support services available, cause a detrimental impact on the lives of carers.

Leading cancer charity, Myeloma UK, has undertaken a first of its kind survey aimed at developing a better understanding of the issues facing those who care for myeloma patients in the UK.

The survey1 (A Life in Limbo) was completed in collaboration with international research charity Picker. With Carers Rights Day only last week (25 November), results come at a time of heightened awareness of Carers experiences, with the event calling for all carers to get the support they’re entitled to, when they need it.

Government funding awarded to Mesothelioma UK to support military personnel and veterans

The Government has awarded £379,000 funding to Mesothelioma UK to establish a specialist military information, advice and support service.

The funding comes from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate (the London inter-bank lending rate). Proceeds from LIBOR fines are to be used to support good causes, in particular military and emergency services charities.

Mesothelioma UK will use the funding to set up a specialist, UK-wide service for military personnel and veterans who have been affected by mesothelioma. 

Last Call For 2016 Entries to Innovative Design Awards

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Aspiring designers, engineers and inventors have just one week remaining to enter a “Dragons Den” inspired event which has become a magnet for global talent.

The annual Blackwood Design Awards attract both gifted amateurs and seasoned professionals to showcase innovations to change the lives of disabled people. 

Now, the Edinburgh-based housing and care provider is appealing for any last minute entrants to come forward over the next seven days to be in with a chance of winning this year’s competition.

Previous winners have included a spoon that doesn’t spill and an eye-controlled wheelchair. This year the competition will be made up of two distinct categories – Best New Product and Best New Concept.

A new partnership brings technology and data to homecare services

The integration of technology-enabled care from Appello with homecare services from Bluebird Care aims to improve one of health and social care’s key challenges, delayed transfer of care.

A new partnership was today announced by Appello, one of the UK’s leading technology-enabled care services (TECS) provider, and Bluebird Care, one of the UK’s leading providers of homecare and live in care services, to help tackle the growing challenge of delayed transfers of care.