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Majority of employers struggle to know where to source disabled talent

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The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) has launched RIDI 100: a directory of recruitment service providers which are committed to the inclusion of disabled jobseekers. The introduction of the resource comes in response to a survey of internal hiring managers which found that 70% of employers struggle to know where to source disabled talent. The same study found that just 11% of HR professionals feel ‘confident’ in knowing where to find candidates with a disability. 

Winners of Inventor Prize JUST announced - Bristol designer wins £5,000 for Braille e-reader

Winner of Inventor Prize

Little over a year ago, the Inventor Prize was launched as part of the Industrial Strategy, in order to find Britain’s grassroots and garden shed inventors. Today innovation foundation Nesta, supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is announcing 1 overall winner and two recognition awards, from their ten shortlisted finalists. The awardees will receive £50,000, £15,000 and £5,000 respectively, to help get their product to market.

40,000 Urged to sign-up to the largest ever study of depression and anxiety to transform mental health care for future generations

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Researchers at King’s College London are launching the largest ever single study of depression and anxiety. By recruiting at least 40,000 people in England who have experienced either depression or anxiety at some point in their life, the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study will make important strides towards better understanding of these disorders and improving the lives of future patients. GLAD will provide a ‘bank’ of potential participants for future studies on the genetic aspects of these two conditions and reduce the time-consuming process of recruiting patients for research.

Alicia Wood, Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions, comments on the government’s response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Second Annual Report

Alicia Wood, Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions, comments on the government’s response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Second Annual Report

“The Second Annual LeDeR Report published in May sent shockwaves through the social care sector. Today, Dimensions welcomes the Government’s much-anticipated response. It goes a long way to assuring us that the government recognises the urgent need to stamp out the profound health inequalities that people with learning disabilities experience.

WestBridge Capital backs MBO at AJM Healthcare

WestBridge Capital backs MBO at AJM Healthcare

WESTBRIDGE CAPITAL, which typically invests in medium sized enterprises, has backed a management buyout of AJM Mobility Limited (t/a AJM Healthcare), which provides mobility and equipment solutions to the NHS, Local Authority Partners and individuals across the UK.

AJM is a leading integrated wheelchair service provider for the NHS, delivering services to a population of over 2 million, and was the first company in the UK to be granted CECOPS accreditation for integrated wheelchair services, widely acknowledged as the gold standard for quality in the sector. AJM employs over 150 people, ranging from specialised therapists to field service engineers.

Sport and leisure sector offers golden opportunity for training and employment in Essex

Sport and leisure sector offers golden opportunity for training and employment in Essex

New research shows that the significance of sport to the Essex economy is comparable with other industries including burdening creative industries in driving employment growth. Over 11,000 new jobs in sports and leisure could be created, to add to the 21,400 already employed in the sector.

Active Essex, the county sports partnership for Greater Essex, and Creative Sport & Leisure Ltd, specialists in apprenticeships and work-based learning, have unveiled a new Sport Skills Strategy and Action Plan based on new research that identifies the need to develop a highly skilled, dynamic and diverse workforce in the sport and leisure sector.

£4.3m innovative Radyr development will cater to those with disabilities

£4.3m innovative Radyr development will cater to those with disabilities

The construction of a £4.3 million innovative housing development in Radyr, Cardiff, parts of which are designed specifically for the needs of individuals with physical disabilities, will start this autumn. 

Aspects of the bespoke development, being built by Hale Construction in partnership with Taff Housing Association, will be wheelchair-friendly and designed specifically with the needs of disabled users in mind.

The designs of the development for 36 units on De Clare Drive in Radyr were approved in May 2018 – construction of the development is expected to take 62 weeks. 

The development will comprise 18 one-bedroom apartments, 10 two-bedroom apartments and eight three-bedroom homes – four of which will be suitable for wheelchair users. 

BRITS ‘too embarrassed’ to wear a hearing aid

BRITS ‘too embarrassed’ to wear hearing aids

Silent epidemic of hearing loss means Brits damaging quality of life, say experts

NEW Styletto by Signia is a revolutionary hearing aid that aims to empower wearers through technology, innovation and stylish design

Friday 7th September 2018. Over half of people might who need a hearing aid aren’t doing so because of discomfort (57%) and embarrassment (56%) according to a recent survey of UK consumers[i]. In light of this, experts are warning that in choosing not to wear a hearing aid, many could be seriously damaging their quality of life.

WheelPower appoints new Chair

WheelPower appoints new Chair

WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, today announced the appointment of Rob Wilson as their new Chair of Trustees. Rob succeeds Kevan Baker OBE who retires as Chair after more than 20 years in the role.

Former Member of Parliament for Reading, Rob Wilson has a wealth of experience and joins WheelPower at an exciting time during the 70th anniversary year of the first Stoke Mandeville Games which sparked the Paralympic Movement.

How Good Design is Behind Effortless Independence

How Good Design is Behind Effortless Independence

As Cliff Kuang said in Fast Company, “Disability is an engine of innovation”[1].  Yet too often, it produces clinical, functional products. Somehow style gets lost in the design for people with disabilities. And yet, just because we lose our mobility, or hearing, or sight, it doesn’t mean we also lose our style or our desire for an exciting social life. It’s important to have wheelchairs and hearing aids that work, but the next step could be; ones that we actually covet! Design for people with disabilities currently provides for our basic needs, but it needs to respond to our desire for a good night out!

New book, Mindful Little Yogis, aims to help children with special needs, master self-regulation and improve mental wellbeing

New book, Mindful Little Yogis, aims to help children with special needs, master self-regulation and improve mental wellbeing

LONDON, England (7th September 2018) – Mindful Little Yogis is a new book to help children with special needs master emotional self-regulation and improve mental wellbeing. As a step-by-step guide to calming strategies for children, the book contains fun, practical mindfulness activities, adaptable for a range of abilities, including autism, ADHD and other special needs. With simple breathing techniques, sensory integration, yoga games, and other activities, children learn to self-regulate and find a sense of calm during times of anxiety and other heightened emotions.

Green-Fingered Alice Wows Friends At Care Home

Green-Fingered Alice Wows Friends At Care Home

A woman with learning difficulties is wowing house-mates and staff at the residential service where she lives in Kent, with her previously unsuspected horticultural skills. Twenty-five-year-old Alice Hoad never misses a chance to visit the newly-renovated vegetable patch of Rhyme House in Sittingbourne to inspect the fruit and vegetables she has planted herself, and water them or do some essential weeding. 

Before this summer Alice – who has autism and exhibits echolalia - had no experience of gardening since childhood, but staff at Rhyme House correctly identified it as a new hobby that was likely to appeal to her. 

6 ways resistance training can help with depression

6 ways resistance training can help with depression

We all know that when we exercise, it lifts our mood and makes us feel better. In fact studies have shown that if you’re physically active, your risk of developing depression reduces by 15%. Recent research from the University of Limerick found that resistance or weight training significantly reduced depressive symptoms for around 2,000 people who participated in their study. With this in mind, we caught up with Keith McNiven, founder of London based personal training company Right Path Fitness (https://rightpathfitness.co.uk/) to give us his 6 top tips on how resistance training can significantly help with depression.

1) The feel good factor

Olympic Park Wheelchair Basketball Tournament to support Women in Disability Sport

Olympic Park Wheelchair Basketball Tournament to support Women in Disability Sport

Leading disability charity Path to Success has announced September 25th as the date of its 3rd annual charity Wheelchair BasketballTournament, which will this year raise money for women in disability sport.

The tournament will take place at the iconic Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park, with funds raised directed to Path to Success’s ‘Path to Tokyo 2020’ campaign. Corporate teams are being invited to donate and take part in the tournament, competing to be crowned Corporate Wheelchair Basketball Champions 2018.

Teams will be coached and joined on court by Paralympians Louise Sugden and Ann Wild OBE, while Channel 4 presenter Jordan Jarrett-Bryan will also coach and compere the event.

Enchanted Forest ploughs £6,000 into show to improve accessibility

Enchanted Forest ploughs £6,000 into show to improve accessibility

The award-winning Enchanted Forest sound and light show is ploughing £6,000 into the event to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and disabled customers.

The investment in the Pitlochry event this October will include improved path access, increased access to the show's catering and storytelling areas, and a state-of-the-art Mobiloo toilet. Together, the changes will enable many more visitors to gain accessibility to all parts of the show.