World Diabetes Day 2017 draws attention to what people can do

World Diabetes Day 2017 draws attention to what people can do

Diabetes can be deadly and World Diabetes Day draws attention to what people can do to avoid getting diabetes. The amazing thing about diabetes is that 90%-95% of people have type 2 diabetes and this can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. This infographic rom Study Medicine Europe takes you through how we lose 1.6 million lives every year because of diabetes. This figure is expected to almost double by 2030.

Another startling statistic is that 84 million American adults have prediabetes and they need to change their ways before it’s too late. It’s so important to check with your doctor if you have any of the high-risk factors related to prediabetes.

Disability champion recognised

Disability champion Tom Shakespeare

An internationally-recognised disability champion, who began his career at the University of Sunderland over 20 years ago, has been honoured.

Professor Tom Shakespeare has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science – the highest award the University can bestow – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to disability rights at the University’s annual Winter Graduation Ceremonies.

Professor Shakespeare was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and gained his MPhil from King’s College. His first teaching post was as a lecturer in sociology at the University of Sunderland. 

All smiles as Leanna makes tremendous progress

A young woman called Leanna who had been struggling with behaviour and communication problems has undergone an amazing transformation over the past year.

 

Twelve months ago, Leanna Carey would keep herself to herself in her bedroom at Coneyhurst Lodge in Worthing, a residential care home for adults with complex health needs run by the Regard Group.

 

Regard is the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services in the UK for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

 

Coneyhurst Lodge’s deputy manager, Daniel Adams, who arrived in September 2016, said proudly: “Over the past year, Leanna has come on leaps and bounds.”

 

Ability Matters Group the best dealership in the UK

Ability Matters Group the best dealership in the UK

- Motability Scheme customers rate Ability Matters Group the best dealership in the UK

Ability Matters Group dealership is celebrating being named the UK’s leading scooter and powered wheelchair dealership in the annual Motability Scheme awards. The award for large fleet Dealer of the Year recognises outstanding service to customers of the Motability Scheme, and is based on direct customer feedback. The Group was rated over 9.8 out of 10, demonstrating exceptional commitment to going above and beyond for their customers.

 

Lyndon Reeks, Commercial Manager at Ability Matters Group, commented:

 

Mr Williams – The perfect horse for disabled riders

Mr Williams – The perfect horse

A mechanical horse called ‘Mr Williams’ is helping disabled riders at a Cumbria riding school to gain confidence in the saddle.

Mr Williams has been part of the equine team at Happy Hooves Riding Centre since 2014, when owner Alison Noble purchased him realising he was a valuable asset for their equine therapy courses, and he was the only mechanical horse in the area at the time.

As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Happy Hooves also saw the benefit that Mr Williams, could bring to their disabled clients.

New product for neurological patients boosts recovery process

New product boosts recovery process for neurological patients

A pioneering piece of equipment for neurological patients is fast becoming a recognised tool in helping to retrain the brain after a stroke, injury or illness. Staff journalist Holly Harrison speaks to founder Andrew Marshall to find out more about how this simple tool is taking the healthcare sector by storm. People living with limited mobility as a result of a stroke, injury or illness have been thrown a lifeline as a clever, new product wins industry praise.

Chester offers 21st-century accessibility for stress-free holiday

Chester offers 21st-century accessibility for stress-free holiday

Steeped in a history that dates back almost 2000 years, Chester is a city with a tale to tell - and tip top accessibility solutions to boot.
Nestled on the border between England and Wales, Chester boasts a unique culture that is brimming with British history.
Claimed by the Romans in the first century, Chester quickly became one of the most pivotal cities of ancient Britain - a legacy that can still be seen on the city streets today.
Chester began life as a Roman army camp, so sights of centurions wandering the streets looking for selfie opportunities is all part and parcel of a normal day in peak season.

Call for healthcare reform after son’s battle to access life-saving equipment

Mum calls for healthcare reform after son’s battle to access life-saving equipment

“Freddie was sports obsessed, he loved music and he loved life.”

Emma Parkes spoke with both passion and pride as she begins to describe her wonderful son, Freddie. A fantastic sportsman, Freddie Kemp made a huge impact on his local sports community in Cornwall, excelling at power chair football and even setting up Cornwall’s first-ever boccia club. Freddie won widespread recognition in the Cornwall Sports Awards 2014, when he was named disabled sports coach of the year, and also bagged an award for disability club of the year. Emma continued: “He was such good fun and mad as a box of frogs! He was just a lovely young man.”

 

100 days until the Paralympic Heritage Flame events

100 days until the Paralympic Heritage Flame events

In true Vale tradition Aylesbury’s Stoke Mandeville Stadium is set to play host to the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony, in the run up to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

On Friday 2 March 2018 the Stadium will be lit up to bring Paralympic sport to the fore in a day of sporting demonstrations, talks and events.

Short film about a boxer with Downs

Downs’ Syndrome

The idea for this film was inspired when I read the story about a US fighter with Downs’ Syndrome, whom had been battling the courts and negative press to be allowed to compete in a fight. Although inspired by his real life struggle, we didn’t want to write about his experiences but instead wrote our own short intense story set in the world of British Amateur Boxing and the relationships of his family. We loved the idea that this short would show Down’s Syndrome in a different light, a different role and something that hopefully surprises the audience. 

Putting people with disabilities at the heart of corporate communication

Douggie

Giving editorial responsibility for its in-house newsletter to the people it supports is the latest development from care-provider the Regard Group.

The autumn edition of the Group’s quarterly newsletter, entitled ‘The People’s Issue,’ features inspiring news stories and advice columns put together by some of the individuals they support, and also shows showcases their creative and editorial talents.

Care Management Group Celebrates ‘Outstanding’ Masons Hill Service

Care Management Group

Care Management Group (CMG) is celebrating today after the Masons Hill service in Bromley achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating, following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection earlier this year.

 

CMG is a leading provider of residential care, supported living and domiciliary care provision for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs. Masons Hill is the latest CMG service to secure an Outstanding rating, bringing the total number of the CMG Groups’ Outstanding services to an impressive five.

 

Inspectors praised Masons Hill for being “outstanding in empowering people to have as much control over their lives as possible and achieve to the maximum potential”, a vision which is a central guiding principle for CMG.

 

BES Raises £100,000 to make Activity Products more Accessible to those with Dementia and Learning Difficulties

Activity

BES Rehab Ltd, a Bristol based Healthcare company, has raised £100,000 for the purpose of reaching directly the families of those affected by dementia and learning difficulties in the UK. The funds were raised through a crowdfunding campaign via Crowd2Fund.com, to expand BES’ newly acquired division, Activities to Share – a company which sells activity products to the NHS and Care Homes.

There are 1.5 million individuals affected by learning difficulties, and one million by dementia in the UK alone. The aim of the campaign is to extend Activities to Share’s scope to reach affected families directly, while encouraging interaction and communication between young people and there elderly relatives.