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Wellow Trekking Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

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Wellow Trekking Centre based in Bath, Somerset, is holding a special event in support of Disabled Access Day. 

Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses.

Taking place from 10 – 12 March, 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

Inclusion & Accessibility for Disabled & Ageing Population

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Smartphone’s are increasingly central to our lives. As multiple services go online, getting access to technology is crucial to ensure the disabled or older generations are not excluded. "Digital inclusion" is vital to users who can benefit from so many features that regular Smartphone owners take for granted, for example; shopping online, access to thousands of free Android apps to read novels, keep health notes, or enjoying video chats with relatives.  It is important to increase development in these areas so everyone is included.

Meet the shabby chic ‘whiz kidz’

Service user Sandra Fuller paints a chair at Whiz Kidz

If you think old, unloved wooden chairs and coffee tables are only good for the tip, think again. Thanks to a group who attend Whiz Kidz in Pennycross, Plymouth, they are now being transformed into the latest, must-have ‘shabby chic’ furniture.

The items are being upcycled by Kay Morgan, Leon Gough and Sandra Fuller who live at Victoria and Grenville House care service in Victoria Terrace, in St Jude’s.

The trio all have weekly sessions at the activity centre where they restore and paint the pieces or cover them in decoupage. The furniture is then sold to locally or via online sales sites. The group also make bird boxes.

RNIB opens new hydrotherapy pool at Pears Centre

Bradbury hydro centre opening

Leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has officially opened the new Bradbury Hydrotherapy Centre at the Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry.

The new hydrotherapy pool is part of the Pears Centre, which is run by RNIB and offers tailored education, care and therapies to children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs.

Church Farm Equestrian Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Church Farm Equestrian Centre

Church Farm Equestrian Centre, based in Bristol, is holding a special event in support of Disabled Access Day. 

Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses.

Taking place from 10 – 12 March, 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

Customers at heart of specialist continence products

continence products

Ontex, is a leading international producer of disposable personal hygiene solutions for all generations. Offering a comprehensive range of urinary continence products, supported by a dedicated team of professionals providing leading levels of customer service.

Recognising the importance of face-to face contact with customers, Ontex has invested in a large team of qualified nurses who offer training and support (on their iD and Lille branded products) to Care Homes and the NHS. Ontex is a key supplier to over 300 NHS organisations and is currently NHS Scotland’s preferred supplier.

Their quality, value-for-money products are also distributed in more than 110 countries through retailer private labels and leading brands including iD Expert and Lille.

CMG’s Avenue Road celebrates an ‘Outstanding’ week

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Staff and service users at Care Management Group (CMG) are celebrating after they received their third ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for their Avenue Road service in South Norwood.

Avenue Road joins their Kings Road service in Hampshire and Ridgeway service in Essex in receiving the rating.

CMG, a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities, can now celebrate having 80 services across the country rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, with the vast majority receiving the ‘good’ rating across all five inspection areas. 

Hft makes key recommendations in response to the Government’s “Improving Lives” Green Paper

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities has submitted its response to the joint Department of Health & Department for Work & Pensions Green Paper Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The Green Paper sets out the Government’s strategy to meet its manifesto ambition to half the disability employment gap.

Whilst Hft broadly welcomed the recommendations made within the Green Paper, the charity had five key demands arising from the consultation. They were:

A return to local commissioning of employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities, allowing work coaches to build up a detailed knowledge of the needs of both the local business and people seeking supported employment.

Ambitious Charity Unveils Progress of Innovative New Housing

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THE CONSTRUCTION of six pioneering homes set to transform the lives of those with disabilities is well underway in Dundee.

Designed and created by Blackwood, one of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers, the hugely innovative houses will set a new standard of accessibility by combining technology, modern construction and engagement to meet customers’ changing needs.

Since it built its first home in Dundee in 1972, Blackwood has endeavored to be a pioneer in accessible housing. Today, the Blackwood vision is to be able to offer beautiful, accessible and affordable homes.

Being legally blind didn't stop me

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Hi,

My name is gough from Beernuts Productions, a predominately film production company, based in Australia. I say predominately because we also produce audio downloads and books. 

So why would U Can 2 ask me to write on their blog? Well I am legally blind. I had a hemorrhagic stroke when I was an infant which caused me to loose most of my eye sight. So I guess my career choice is somewhat surprising.

Wrea Green Equitation Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Instructor Sarah Hodgetts with Solo

Local equitation centre, Wrea Green is holding a special event to mark Disabled Access Day. 

Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses.

Taking place from 10th-12th March 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

Measuring success by growing independence

Rebecca receives her certificate from the Mayor of Croydon

For Joseph Osoba and his team at a supported living service in Penge, South East London, while it tugs at the heart-strings to say ‘goodbye’ to the individuals they support when they move out and start living independently, it is also a time for celebration.

“They all have learning disabilities and associated mental health issues, and they come to us for support in learning the skills that will enable them to live on their own, so when they’re ready to move on, it means we’ve done our job,’ Joseph said, “but it’s always hard to see them go.”

The latest success story from Joseph’s service, Crystal House, is 24-year-old Harrison, who lived with them for just over a year.

Models with disabilities needed for photoshoots

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A modeling and acting company are looking for children and adults with learning or physical disabilities to take part in a professional photo shoot.

Social care professional, Laura Johnson and performing arts teacher, Zoe Proctor,recently established Zebedee Management as they wanted to see better representation of people with disabilities within fashion, media and the arts. They areholding a series of photoshoots around Sheffield and Lincolnshire.

Koller Supports a Community Transport Event in Devon

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The annual Transport for Your Community Conference will once again take place on 1 March in the Kenn Centre, Exeter, and Koller, specialists in the design and manufacture of wheelchair accessible vehicle products, will be showing their support for the event by exhibiting several products from their range.

Transport for Your Community (TFYC) represents and provides support to a range of community transport providers across Devon. The annual conference brings together a variety of suppliers who deliver an invaluable service to people in the county.

Campaign launches to develop deeper understanding of attitudes towards home adaptations

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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund research into older people’s views on adapted homes.

It is hoped insight drawn from the work will help to improve support services and enable more people to live independently.

The campaign, launched on Crowdfunder – www.crowdfunder.co.uk/consumer-views-on-home-adaptations-for-disability – has been set up by Foundations, the national body for England’s 200 not-for-profit home improvement agencies.

William Merritt Charity Moves into New Disable Living Centre

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The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre have moved into a newly renovated building in Leeds and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Lord and Lady Mayoress officially unveiled the plaque on Friday 27th January 2017 and on Saturday the local community enjoyed the continued celebrations and got the opportunity to have a look around the new Centre. Guests enjoyed cake, sweets donated from Haribo, and samples from Wiltshire Farm Foods.

What it’s really like to date with a disability

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Often surrounded by misconceptions, Leslie Ostrander, an Ambassador of Bard Care, sets the record straight. 

Can I find love, true love after spinal cord injury?  Who will love me just as I am?  I asked myself these questions for years.  I was confident in many areas of my life.  I conquered snow skiing, competed in “beauty” pageants (I was really after the scholarship money), and attended college.  But love?  Somehow that seemed unattainable.

I was in my early twenties and was satisfied with my life.  I had a great career.  I had a chic one-bedroom apartment in the suburb of Atlanta.  I travelled.  I had a core group of supporting friends.  I was comfortable with who I had become and the direction my life was headed.

Ground-Breaking Designs for People with Disabilities Win Top Awards

The Blackwood Design Awards

 

Digital glasses which assist people who have lost the use of their arms and a wheelchair that goes up and down steps have been crowned the winners of a “Dragons’ Den” style design competition.

The Blackwood Design Awards - which discover, and champion, new and innovativeideas to improve the lives of those with physical or learning disabilities - recently took place at the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre and saw nine shortlisted inventors pitch for the top spot. 

This year, for the first time, the competition was made up of two distinct categories. 

Blind Veterans UK supports GP training days

Blind Veterans

National military charity Blind Veterans UK is involved in an innovative joint project supporting Health Education England in delivering a series of half day and full day training sessions on veterans’ healthcare for GPs across England.

Blind Veterans UK, which provides free services and support for all veterans, no matter when they served and how they lost their sight, was approached to take part in the programme which launched in 2015 and delivered its first training event of 2017 this week in Lancaster. Blind Veterans UK, along with other military charities, supported the project by providing a variety of speakers across the country in 15 sessions run during the last academic year, with a further 15 booked during this academic year, 2016/2017. 

‘Wheelchair versus buggy’ ruling welcomed

wheelchair user and bus

Yesterday’s bus space ‘wheelchair versus buggy’ Supreme Court judgment has been hailed a “significant change of culture.”
Wheelchair user Doug Paulley, who brought the case, is reportedly “absolutely delighted” with the ruling – which means bus drivers will have to do more to ensure wheelchair users can get on buses.

Previously passengers with buggies occupying wheelchair spaces could be ‘requested’ to vacate the space. But FirstGroup’s policy did not require any more of their drivers than simply making the request.