When somebody suffers a serious injury or medical condition in an accident, it can often unfortunately mean that the victim becomes permanently disabled - their lives, and the lives of their family and friends, change forever.
If the accident was someone else’s fault, a claim for compensation offers the victim and their family the chance to get their lives back, as close as possible, to the position they were in before the accident. Many people have the misconception that it’s all as simple as putting a claim in and then being handed a ‘windfall’ of potentially millions of pounds to spend on whatever they like. But that’s just not true.
A group of people with learning disabilities are making the most of the recent sunny weather with barbecues and picnics at the supported living service where they live at Haverhill in Suffolk.
John Jopling who leads the team supporting the individuals who live at Withersfield Lodge said: “They’re really enjoying being able to eat outside now that it’s warmer, and are having a great time deciding what they want to eat and preparing their own food.
“These are the normal things of daily life which most of us take for granted, and it’s incredibly rewarding when the support we give our service users enables them to independently achieve these pleasures.”
Ahead of The Queen’s Speech, national deafblind charity, Sense, is calling on the Government to set out concrete plans to improve life chances and build opportunities for people with disabilities.
Sense, a charity which supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, considers that the Queen’s Speech is a strong opportunity to deliver on the Government’s ambitious vision to break down barriers and increase opportunities for disabled people across the country.
Key areas of focus should be on ensuring that deafblind people and those with complex needs can access employment, and that disabled children can benefit from vital developmental opportunities through play.
Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive for deafblind charity Sense, said:
Spinal cord injuries are inevitably life-changing, but proper medical care can be hard to come by, with many spinal cord injured people forced to wait weeks or months for specialist treatment. Thus, the already slim chances of making a full recovery are significantly reduced.
In a bid to improve the status quo, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) has launched a parliamentary campaign that aims to secure timely and comprehensive treatment for spinal cord injured people. The organisation is fighting for better access to clinical expertise, specialist care and rehabilitation services, as well as emotional support for patients and families.
People buying their first mobility scooters will find a wealth of information to sift through. All of this information could potentially be useful when you’re narrowing down your choice, whittling your options down to just one mobility scooter that you’d eventually like to buy. At the start, though, it could all be too overwhelming. Instead, this useful information should make up the core of all of your research:
What’s the law regarding mobility scooters on the road?
You don’t need a license to ride your mobility scooter.
There are two types of scooter that you might choose to purchase.
The UK’s fourth biggest organisation providing residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injuries has entered into an exciting new training partnership with the Loddon foundation.
Regard, which operates 147 residential and supported living services across the UK, is establishing a centre for delivering specialist training as part of its Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) programme for those who deliver services to people who may present challenging behaviour.
The partnership sees Regard work with Loddon Training and Consultancy to deliver the PROACT–SCIPr-UK® programme.
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) supports a wide range of organisations to include disabled people more effectively. The vision is that disabled people are active for life.
The EFDS website features a blog post every Friday, and in 2016 it is taking a look at an A-Z of accessible sporting and fitness opportunities available to disabled people.