UWE student, blind for 12 years, takes driving lessons with Young Driver at Cribbs Causeway
Like many 19-year olds, Abdul-Azeez Balogun likes being behind the wheel of a car.
But, surprisingly, Abdul is completely blind in both eyes.
His dream of controlling a car is being realised thanks to Young Driver, which has been teaching Abdul at its Cribbs Causeway venue in Bristol.
Young Driver offers driving lessons to anyone aged 10 and over – including those with disabilities, which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads. Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property, normal restrictions do not apply.
Together Trust residential children’s home Pocket Nook has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection. The Bolton home, accredited by the National Autistic Society, provides residential care for up to five young people who have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, a physical disability or a learning disability.
Pocket Nook is run by the Together Trust, a leading North West charity which along with specialist education, helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.
Care Management Group (CMG), a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities in England, has hosted a unique Supportive Therapies event which is designed specifically for people living with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). The aim of the day is to stimulate interest, broaden opportunities and enhance social and emotional wellbeing.
The 15 National Parks across the UK strive to create a more inclusive society for all and from 24th-30th July, they are celebrating National Parks Week with a focus on “Bringing people together”. In support of this, NRS Healthcare have released an Accessibility Guide to the UK’s National Parks which is free to download.
If you’re living with mental health issues or a physical disability, visiting new places can often hold a lot of uncertainty and sometimes be an anxious experience. However, NRS Healthcare recognise that getting out and about is hugely important if you are differently abled in order to remain active and independent.
Vulnerable people are being forced into situations against their will because care providers are not going through the proper processes, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
In a report published today, the Ombudsman highlights some of the very real concerns it has about the way some of the most vulnerable people in society are being treated when decisions are being made on behalf of people who lack mental capacity to choose how they are cared for.
Problems the Ombudsman sees include not carrying out - or delaying - assessments to determine whether someone has the capacity to make decisions for themselves, poor decision making when deciding on someone’s best interests, and not involving friends and families in the decision process.
- Over a third (36%) of parents surveyed say a major barrier to their disabled child participating in sports is social stigma
- Report reveals the scale and impact of children with disabilities unable to participate in sports, as the UK hosts the World Para Athletic Championships
- Variety, the Children’s Charity, to launch a cross-industry and political consultation to answer ‘how to level the playing field’
The London Borough of Barnet has signed a contract with the PA Consulting Group-led Argenti Care Technology Partnership (Argenti) to deliver care technology services across the borough for up to five years from April 2017. Argenti provides innovative telecare services to support vulnerable people so that they can stay in their own homes longer, reducing pressure on social care and hospitals. The contract in Barnet will bring together the best of the private and public sector to achieve better outcomes for service users and will support the increasing integration of health and social care across the borough.
British Red Cross & Co-op take action on loneliness and launch nationwide services.
The British Red Cross has started rolling out brand new services to tackle loneliness and social isolation. It is calling for people across the UK to join its teams providing vital support for up to 12,500 adults of all ages.
VIDA Mobility have partnered with Patron Bohemia to add a new range of buggies to our growing portfolio of products. Patron was established in 1994 in Prague and is a well-known and respected supplier for rehab buggies for children.
Vida Mobility is delighted to have been selected as the exclusive distributor in UK and Ireland for the Corzo X Country, Tom Streeter and the Dixie Plus.
The process of recovery from a traumatic brain injury varies from person to person depending on the exact nature of the injury and the specific needs of the affected individual. The ultimate outcome and how long rehabilitation will take can be hard to predict at the outset, but by following the right steps, significant improvement can often be achieved.
In this article we will address some of the most common questions asked by people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones about the rehabilitation and recovery process.
Blackpool Zoo has launched a brand new series of animal experiences, which include some aimed at children and adults with additional needs.
The half-day packages have been devised to ensure everyone can enjoy getting up close and personal with the really wild residents.
‘Wanna be’ keepers will shadow the zoo’s dedicated and caring staff in a thrilling three-hour session where they may mingle with monkeys, lounge with the lemurs and serve snacks to the pelicans and penguins.
The Junior Keeper Experience is available to children and young adults aged eight to 17, while the half-day experience is open to anyone over 18.
Having a space to work from in your home or work place that you’re able to adjust to your position is necessary for everyone, yet individuals such as wheelchair users were traditionally unable to easily adjust their workspace to specifically meet their needs. This has typically been due to there been limited clearance for wheel chairs under office desks.
Kit Out My Office believes everyone should have the same opportunities, which is why they’ve released the React Height Adjustable Desk with anti-collision technology.
A career in the care sector can be rewarding and offer the chance for personal and professional development. Professional care workers do an invaluable job of providing help and support to those in need of support. If you enjoy helping others and you’re looking for a diverse, flexible career with ongoing training and the chance for personal and professional growth, the care sector could be the perfect choice for you. Award-winning home care agency SweetTree Home Care Services reveals eight reasons why a career in care can be a good choice:
It’s rewarding on many levels
A young woman with cerebral palsy who was born in the Tywyn area has moved back to her roots and is celebrating making the successful transition from leaving home to leading an independent life, thanks to support from care-provider Regard.
Twenty-three year old Katie Collinswood moved to Cerrig Cornel in May 2013 from Buckinghamshire where she had moved with her mother a year ago.
Katie wanted to move back to be close to her grandmother and school friends, and Cerrig Cornel has been her first home away from home.
And now, four years after her return, Katie has been able to move out to be in her own flat, where she will continue to receive a package of support but will live independently.
Currently more than a third of the UK’s population is aged 50 or over, totalling 23.6 million people. As the ageing population continues to grow, safety product manufacturers are having to develop solutions specifically designed to protect older residents, particularly those who are still living in their own home. Here James King, Sales Director at FireAngel, explores the latest fire safety technologies being specified by housing associations to minimise the potential risks many vulnerable individuals may face.
World Para Athletics Championships kick off the Summer of World Athletics today with ten days of action at the London Stadium
Record crowds expected throughout opening weekend, culminating in record schools attendance on Monday and Tuesday morning sessions.
Prince Harry and Dave Henson join forces to urge fans to #FillTheStadium in a special appeal.
Adult tickets for £10 and children’s tickets for £5 available across all 16 sessions, available to buy now at https://tickets.london2017athletics.com/
Chief Executive of telmenow.com and former director of BUPA Care Services Norman Niven has over 30 years experience in healthcare and has established two companies which revolutionised medication management. Norman offers his top tips to ensure your bathroom is secure in order to reduce the risk of slips and trips.
Firstly, there is the obvious step of installing handrails beside the toilet and bath to make sure there is something to hold steadily on to when lifting oneself up and down. It may seem simple but it’s surprising how helpful a properly placed handrail can be.
The Taylor Report, published this week, sets out that “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment” – hot on the heels of last month’s National Learning Disability Week which focused on raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.
Meanwhile Mencap, which organised NLD Week, claims that less than 6 per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite many more wanting to, and being able to work.
But two sisters who live at a supported living service for people with learning disabilities in Snodland are celebrating working in paid employment.
- SOS Neck or Wrist Pendant for Emergencies
- Amplified Calls, Ringer & Hearing Aid Compatible
- Oversized Display Screen
- Large Fonts & Raised Big Buttons
- Visual Call Alert
If you have physical limitations, or an older person wanting to live independently the amplicomms BigTel 50 is an affordable telecare solution that allows you to quickly and easily raisehelp in an emergency.
Neck or Wrist Pendant SOS Button
If you feel unwell, or have fallen but are conscious, the BigTel 50 comes with a water resistant SOS transmitter, in the form of a pendant, which can be worn around the neck or on the wrist.