One cycle ride was all it took to transform the life of former professional rally co-driver and automotive consultant, Chris Wood. Having blasted through the world’s most famous rally courses with some of the world’s most respected rally teams and co-piloted drivers - including Alister McRae – Chris’ life changed in December 2012. During a cycle ride a few days before Christmas, he struck a kerb and was thrown from his bike. The seemingly innocuous fall had serious consequences. Two damaged vertebrae at the top of Chris’ spinal cord rendered him tetraplegic. This left Chris with little to no movement below the neck.
Caalm Camp offers a beautiful glamping experience with a difference – Original Mongolian Yurts in the beautiful North Dorset countryside. Situated just south of Shaftesbury in Dorset, our former dairy farm enjoys stunning views across the Blackmore Vale, to Duncliffe Woods, Bulbarrow and Hambledon Hill. Caalm Camp has been voted to be the best Glamping Site in the South West by campsites.co.uk
Jenni Meredith, UCan2 contributor, on the pressing issues of the moment – from finance to fears over losing a carer…
The other day, calling at our local optician’s to collect my husband’s new glasses, I had to wait whilst the assistant chatted on the phone to one of her friends. Not that I was eavesdropping, but it’s hard to avoid overhearing in small shops when you are the only customer. I think the friend or maybe a relative was sharing bad news because the optician’s assistant came away from that conversation fairly agitated and all worked up for a ‘put-the-world-to-rights’ session with anyone within shouting distance. I was that anyone.
Glasgow based healthcare start-up, wheelAIR, have secured the model, athlete and influencer Samanta Bullock as their second official brand ambassador.
Originally from Brazil, Samanta has had a glittering career as a former Paralympic tennis player, a successful model and style icon as well as a key representative for many disability inclusion groups.
Samanta started using the wheelAIR on her wheelchair in London this year to stay cool during the extremely hot weather we have been having.
When former soldier and double amputee Ben McBean saw someone in Plymouth wearing a lifelike prosthetic arm, he had to know where he could get his own — and he found what he needed at Dorset Orthopaedic.
Thanks to the clinic’s internationally-renowned silicone workshop in Ringwood, Ben, 31, of Richmond, has an arm so lifelike people often don’t realise he is wearing a prosthesis.
“All my friends and family were pretty shocked when they first saw it. I don’t think people realise what can be done to be honest! The best thing about it is the fact most people don’t even notice I have a prosthetic arm and that says it all.”
Nothing really prepares you for parenthood and caring for a child with additional needs carries extra challenges. Nicola Murgatroyd, the founder of MyLiferaft, was a working mother and parent carer for her daughter Faith. Sheunderstands the world of being a parent carer and wanted to find a way to make life easier for families.
“I realised the lack of joined up care meant that parents, carers, education and medical professionals frequently held the same information, but none of it was shared. I wished there was one place I could hold all our information, and then share it with others. This is what we have created with MyLiferaft – a secure online tool to support families managing extra care related work; but also helps with aspects of modern day living”.
A gold-medal winning Paralympian is launching a new business venture set to challenge assumptions about the careers those living with disabilities can build and the role they can play in the jobs market.
The business, a recruitment consultancy called The Ability People (TAP), will be headed up by former Paralympic swimming champion Liz Johnson and staffed exclusively by people living with disabilities. The start-up will be operating on a for-profit basis, not as a charity, and is aiming to secure major recruitment deals with some of the country’s largest and most sought after employers whilst simultaneously creating opportunities for its consultants to build thriving careers.
Expedition cruises are one of easiest, most reliable and least stressful options for people, of all ages and physical capabilities, wanting that truly epic holiday adventure. With more cruise lines than ever before departing to exotic climes directly from the UK – and from a number of easily accessible, new, regional departure ports too, such as Falmouth, Newcastle, Liverpool and Swansea – cruise lines are helping UK travellers avoid all the hassle of air travel, with the forever possibility of flight cancellations, lengthy check-in procedures and over-crowded planes. A number of cruise lines have also introduced special onboard features that enhance the experience for travellers with disabilities.
Westway Sports & Fitness Centre, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Westway Trust, has recently received funding from Activate to launch climbing sessions for those with disabilities. The sessions cost £1 per one-hour session and will take place in the afternoon and early evening weekdays.
Thanks to funding and in a bid to ensure climbing is accessible to everyone, Westway Sports & Fitness Centre will be offering climbing sessions to anyone with a disability during the school term times. The centre is launching sessions which will facilitate anyone who is in a wheelchair or mobile impaired, autistic, blind, deaf or suffers from mental health problems.
Following the success of last year’s Superhero Series, the only sports series dedicated to the UK’s 13.3 million people with disabilities and long-term injuries, event partner npower has launched an innovative new service to enable even more families to participate in the inspirational Superhero Tri.
The new ‘npower support squad’ will provide support dinghies and volunteers to give participants even more confidence to enter the swim section and enjoy the rewarding experience. In addition to providing assistance in the water at Dorney Lake on 18 August, 2018, the support squad will be fully involved on land from leading participants in the warm-up to cheering them across the finish line.
Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event. Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.
Following the success of last year’s Superhero Series, npower is once again supporting the only sports series dedicated to the UK’s 13.3 million people with disabilities and long-term injuries. The energy supplier is announcing the launch of an innovative new service, the ‘npower support squad’, to enable even more families to participate in the inspirational Superhero Tri at Dorney Lake on 18 August, 2018.
A recent study indicated that disabled people are twice as likely to be physically inactive (43 per cent) as non-disabled people (21 per cent) due to a lack of confidence or access to specialist equipment.1
Low back pain (LBP) is an increasingly widespread and expensive condition worldwide, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified back pain as being the global number one reason for disability. According to the Office for National Statistics back pain accounts for almost 31 million days of work lost in 2013 costing the UK economy £14bn a year - but this could now change thanks to an AI app which launches in the UK, and has significantly reduced the pain intensity of LBP by 40% in a recent clinical study.
Data from a new international survey of wheelchair users on behalf of the Toyota Mobility Foundation highlights the need for innovation in the field of assistive technology to allow people with limited mobility in the UK the opportunity to fulfil their potential in the workplace. The impact of which could have huge consequences for the estimated 65 million people worldwide who use a wheelchair and for the global economy.
Whether it’s climbing up the side of the O2 Arena in Greenwich or scaling the heights of a treetop assault course, nothing is too big a challenge for former rugby player Grace Matthews.
Which is remarkable, given her whole world was turned upside down after a devastating injury during a match less than two years ago.
Playing in the front row for Bletchley Ladies, Grace, 26, of Milton Keynes, dislocated her knee during a game against Olney, an injury that eventually led to her losing her leg above the knee.