Dyslexic children's author publishes second fantasy novel at 26

Dyslexic children's author publishes second fantasy novel at 26

The Forgotten Palace: An Adventure in Presadia By Luke Aylen

Lion Hudson | 23rd March 2019 | Paperback original | £7.99

Deep in the heart of Presadia’s Great Forest lie many secrets, including the ancient ruins of a once-magnificent palace. A chance encounter with a bedraggled stranger and the discovery of broken shards of a magical mirror lead Antimony, an unusually tall dwarf, on a journey to restore the palace. Amazingly, he soon finds himself in charge of a growing community who are determined to help him. Can Antimony juggle the responsibilities that have suddenly been thrust upon him while also confronting shocking truths about his own complicated past?

Into the Frame – new wheelchair fencing book promotes sport 

Wheelchair fencing competitor Jonathan David Collins

We caught up with author of a new book, Into the Frame, to chat about his love for wheelchair fencing. Jonathan David Collins spoke to our editor and is keen to promote the sport as it helps boost physical and mental health and wellbeing – yet few people know it even exists.

Jonathan said: “I was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and I have been in a wheelchair since I was 18 months old.

“I used to do a bit of swimming but due to an operation I had, it was advised I gave it up.

“A friend of mine who was a wheelchair fencer fenced at a club near me, so I went to the club and became hooked on it when I started to learn.”

Charity makes unique film available to help disabled air travellers

Charity makes unique film available to help disabled air travellers

UK charity Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is addressing issues faced by wheelchair users when travelling by air, through the launch of a unique film ‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’. 

Now people thinking about flying with their powered wheelchair can see exactly what’s involved when taking a flight as the film shows every stage of the journey, from the preparation required, through check-in, security, boarding, in-flight and landing, as well as the assistance available. 

Ignoring the purple pound is affecting the economy

Charlotte on Ignoring the purple pound is affecting the economy

There are 13.9 million people living with limiting long-term illness or disability in the UK. They are the UK’s fastest growing minority group, accounting for 1 in 5 people with a combined spending power of £249 billion. Yet despite its economic power, the disability community is chronically underrepresented and underserved. 

Inequality is at the root of disability. Inequality of opportunity and inequality of access. Access to services and to the quality and selection of products that disabled people deserve. This is, in part, the result of a lack of awareness and understanding among businesses about what disabled people want and require. 

Rising tide

50 Faces Campaign - Meet Phoebe Boyce

Phoebe Boyce

To celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2019, Riding for the Disabled Association is marking the milestone through its 50 Faces campaign, telling the stories of some of the amazing people who make RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today. 

Designed to challenge preconceptions about disability and volunteering, and to celebrate the diversity and inclusiveness of RDA, 50 Faces features a collage of portraits, as well as the surprising and often moving stories of horse riders, carriage drivers and volunteers from all over the UK. 

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays, one of the UK’s leading glamping accommodation providers, has unveiled its latest innovation: a brand new accessible cabin!

The company, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, launched the Running Water Deluxe Accessible Wigwam® Cabin at its Annual Conference in November.

The conference was the ideal opportunity to reveal this latest innovation to new and existing Wigwam® Site owners and the event was attended by Olympic ski jumper Michael Eddie Edwards, also known as ‘Eddie the Eagle’, who was one of several guest speakers.

A number of sites are set to take delivery of the cabin ready for the 2019 season. 

Business Disability Forum welcomes greater investment in GP services, but highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum Mental Health Folders

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, highlighting the vital role that many GPs play in helping disabled people remain in employment.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said:

“The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

A number of smart homes with digitally savvy older people demonstrating tech in their own homes are being created as part of an innovative scheme to boost the nation’s digital skills.

The homes, to be created in rural West Essex by a partnership led by Uttlesford Council for Voluntary Service, will see home owners become trained ‘digital boomers’ to help others improve their digital skills. They will receive a digital assessment, before having their homes ‘kitted out’ in tech.

UK first for Heathrow and OmniServ with new Multimobby people movers

OmniServ new Multimobby people movers

New electric vehicles carry up to seven passengers through terminals quickly, efficiently and safely, improving their journey through the airport. OmniServ, the UK’s leading airline and airport assistance services provider, and Heathrow are introducing new multi-passenger electric vehicles – the Multimobby – which can carry up to seven people plus an operator through the airport’s terminal buildings quickly, efficiently and safely in a move that will significantly enhance the assistance services provided to passengers with mobility issues or other disabilities.

Mental Health funding squeeze has lengthened waiting times, say NHS finance leads

Mental Health head sketch

Eight out of ten NHS trust finance directors say that funding pressures have led to longer waiting times for people who need mental health treatment, according to The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report.

New analysis for the report also shows that despite NHS England meeting its commitment to increase its investment in mental health, nearly a quarter of mental health trusts recorded a reduction in income between 2016/17 and 2017/18. An analysis of mental health trusts’ financial accounts carried out for the report found that, while mental health trusts as a whole reported an overall increase in funding, 21 per cent recorded a reduction in income last year, up from 13 per cent between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Business Disability Forum highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum's CEO Diane Lightfoot

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, while highlighting the ongoing technology gap found when accessing healthcare services.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said: “The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Disability sport heroes recognised at Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

Winners at Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

Disability sport heroes were crowned at an inspirational Active Essex Sports Awards 2018 which celebrated sporting achievements from grassroots to professional level.

Double Olympic gymnastics champion Max Whitlock was on hand to help recognise individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to sport and physical activity in Greater Essex over the past 12 months.

Contributors and sponsors sought for charity app that aims to make public places more accessible

Contributors and sponsors sought for charity app that aims to make public places more accessible

Planning a visit to a shop, cultural attraction or any public place can be a challenge if you have special requirements such as a disability, young children or elderly relatives. A new disabled-run charity, See Around Britain, aims to take away the uncertainty with its vastly detailed, GPS-equipped website and free app, both of which offer essential accessibility information and photographs for hundreds of thousands of sites in the UK and Europe, from popular locations to lesser-known destinations. It also includes all types of travel: railway and Eurostar, buses and taxis, stations and airports: in short it is a 21st-Century Domesday survey of transport and places.

Mindfulness training could enhance weight loss programs in national efforts to tackle obesity

Man practising mindfulness

Mindfulness training may improve the effectiveness of intensive weight management programs, suggesting that it could be an excellent strategy for healthcare providers in preventing and managing obesity.

Researchers from the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust have published their findings in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Individuals who participated in mindfulness training as part of an intensive weight management program lost more weight in six months than other program participants who did not attend mindfulness courses.

Global Business Leaders & Businesses Throw Support Behind Disability Inclusion Revolution

Global Business Leaders & Businesses Throw Support Behind Disability Inclusion Revolution

High profile global business leaders and companies have today committed to take accountability for disability inclusion in business, by supporting #valuable - a worldwide call to action for business to recognise the value and worth of the one billion disabled people globally. 

Founder of #valuable, Caroline Casey, commented:

“Disability inclusion is an issue that has been pushed to the sidelines of business for far too long. Momentum is now building and we have reached a tipping point. We’re delighted that the World Economic Forum have announced that the need to bolster inclusion of those living with a disability will be a main message at Davos in 2019.”