Funding boost for disabled access review charity

Euans Guide funding boost

Funding boost for Euan’s Guide to expand its successful Ambassador Network in Scotland.

Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website, has received £5,526 of National Lottery Awards for a funding boost in support of its Ambassador Network in Scotland. The charity, founded in 2013, is used by disabled people, their families and friends to review, share and discover accessible places around the UK and beyond.

Euan’s Guide will use the National Lottery funding to expand and develop its Ambassador Network in Scotland. The network is a growing number of Ambassadors who are committed to making more disabled people aware of the website and how they can use disabled access reviews.

Businesses unprepared for threats to disability rights post-Brexit, survey finds

Businesses unprepared for threats to disability rights post-Brexit, survey finds

Crucial gains for disability rights secured by the business community must not be reversed post-Brexit due to a lack of planning and preparation, [Business Disability Forum| http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/] has warned. 

According to a survey of 1611 people (including 140 business-owners) run by Business Disability Forum with YouGov in January 2018, high proportions of people believe there will no impact on disability employment and three-quarters of business-owners that there would be no effect on their ability to cater for the needs of disabled people.

But Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer at Business Disability Forum, warned:

RIDI: Finalists Announced

RIDI: Finalists Announced

Following a rigorous and robust judging process, the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) has released its eagerly anticipated shortlist for the 2018 RIDI Awards. As in previous years, the calibre and breadth of entries presented a challenge for the independent judging panel.

Now in their fourth year, the RIDI Awards celebrate progress and recognise the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled professionals.

The 2018 entries came from organisations across the UK and from many new sectors, including transport, engineering, retail and professional services, reflecting RIDI’s sustained programme of outreach activity in 2017-18.

Calming Currents Helped My Child’s Cerebral Palsy

Calming Currents Helped My Child’s Cerebral Palsy

Mum of two, Gina Wade spends all the time she can helping her daughter Sophie overcome the symptoms of spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Walking and moving is always difficult for Sophie because of her stiff, tight muscles, but the pony she loves so much eventually led her to trying a unique treatment that finally helped ease her symptoms...  

SI² Fund invests in Active Minds international growth

SI² Fund invests in Active Minds’ international growth

SI² Fund, a European social impact investment fund focused on scaling impact-driven businesses, on Thursday 14th December announced its investment in Active Minds, a UK-based company that develops human-centred activity products and games for people living with dementia. The funding by SI² Fund will be used to accelerate international growth, expand its product offering and achieve social impact at scale.

5 Most Common Misconceptions About Life with a Disability  

5 Most Common Misconceptions About Life with a Disability  

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that many people living with a disability have to deal with misconceptions and stigma on a daily basis. From ignorance and prejudice, to barriers to work and education, the effects of these misconceptions can have profound and wide-ranging effects on the lives of disabled people.

UKS Mobility recently talked to 18 bloggers about their experiences and the misconceptions that those living with a disability face. Here, we take a closer look at the most common misconceptions they mentioned. We hope this will help raise awareness and reduce the stigma and improve conversation around disability.  

1.        All people with disabilities use wheelchairs

Exmoor leading the way on accessible adventure holidays

Exmoor leading the way on accessible adventure holidays for disabled people

North Devon is leading the way for other UK tourism hotspots by providing fully accessible adventure holidays for disabled people at Calvert Trust Exmoor.

The Minister for Disabled People, Health, and Work, Sarah Newton, and Peter Heaton-Jones, MP for North Devon, both visited the Calvert Trust’s facilities today (Friday 16 February) to see first-hand the work they’re doing so disabled people can enjoy adventurous activities that many others take for granted, such as horse riding, abseiling and canoeing.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, said:

Innovative ProMove Sling enhances OmniServ’s customer experience delivery for PRM passengers at Heathrow

Innovative ProMove Sling enhances OmniServ’s customer experience delivery for PRM passengers at Heathrow

OmniServ, the UK’s leading airline and airport assistance services provider, working in partnership with the airlines at Heathrow, has deployed nearly 100 innovative new ProMove Sling devices across the airport’s terminals, significantly enhancing the level of care offered to PRM (People with Reduced Mobility) passengers.

The ProMove Sling is an easily transportable, lightweight option for lifting and transferring PRM passengers when it is impractical to deploy a powered hoist. When used correctly by properly trained staff, it is safe, comfortable and dignified, reducing the need for support personnel to touch the passenger or the danger of causing any injury such as bruising or shearing.

Special Olympics campaign

Special Olympics

Special Olympics & Play Unified Help 30,000 Young People Fight Intolerance in First Two Years

Play Unified, a Special Olympics GB campaign delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, is celebrating a second successful year fighting intolerance in schools across the UK - reaching almost 30,000 young people nationwide, enough to fill a football stadium!

The Special Olympics campaign aims to change perceptions of and end intolerance towards young people with intellectual disabilities (ID), such as the fact 8 in 10 experience bullying.  It aims to strengthen leadership and sport participation pathways for young people with intellectual disabilities and develop inclusive environments in schools through sport.

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy

Susie Bennett, 43, lives in Teesside and has been using the services of Driving Miss Daisy for 3 years. 

“I was born in 1974, with cerebral palsy.  Back in the 70’s I initially attended a special school that was recommended via the local hospital, but then I went on to mainstream senior school.  When I left sixth form, I immediately started working for Cleveland County Council and then went on to work for 20 years at Stockton on Tees Borough Council.  Before leaving there, I taught maths and English to adults that couldn’t read and write.

I have never let my disability stop me from living my life, although a lot of people don’t get out because of the effort it takes to travel and I can understand that.

Naidex Show

Naidex

Naidex is Europe's most exciting event dedicated to healthcare professionals. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 25th and 26th April, this esteemed event provides cutting-edge exhibitors, world-class CPD accredited seminars, live demos, 1-2-1 advice and unparalleled networking opportunities, over two unforgettable days. And it’s absolutely free to attend!

Check out some of our must see speakers:

●Minister of State for Disabled People Work and Health

●Accessibility Lead at the BBC

●Executive Director of the National Care Forum

●Chair of the National Autistic Society

●Chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC)

●Stakeholder Communications Manager of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Scandic Hotels receives accessibility award and invited to speak at UN Office in Vienna

Scandic Hotels receives accessibility award and invited to speak at UN Office in Vienna

Scandic Hotels’ holistic accessibility strategy has earned the company an award as one of the most innovative practices in the prestigious Zero Project. The award ceremony will be held at the Zero Project Conference at the United Nations Office in Vienna. In addition to receiving the award, Scandic Hotels has been invited to speak about the company’s world-leading accessibility initiatives at the event.

-    This is yet another fantastic acknowledgment of the committed work that we’re all doing to advance accessibility every day, from the management team to the team members at all of our hotels, says Even Frydenberg, President & CEO of Scandic Hotels Group. 

Mobility Solutions deliver Cabin Car – a world-first in scooter technology

Mobility Solutions Cabin Car on van

The first brand-new Cabin Car mobility scooter has been delivered to a happy customer, who is set to enjoy features including reverse camera parking sensors.

Mrs Jordan in Knightswood, Glasgow, is is delighted with her purchase from Mobility Solutions. It is the world’s first scooter with reverse camera parking sensors, remote central locking and a heater. In fact, the Cabin Car has many comforts of a car whilst still being a mobility scooter.

Mrs Jordan said, “I’ve been telling everyone about it, all of my friends are desperate to see it and I can’t wait to show it off.

“All of the features will help me so much, if I was going out before I would have to wrap up with lots of layers but now I can just turn the heating on!”

King Power - Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations Tournament

King Power - Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations Tournament

KING POWER ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR LEICESTER’S INAUGURAL WHEELCHAIR RUGBY QUAD NATIONS TOURNAMENT

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby is delighted to confirm that Leicester City Football Club Owners, Thai Duty-Free giant, King Power, has confirmed they will be the title sponsor of the first ever Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament to be held in Leicester in March.