Mum of two, Gina Wade spends all the time she can helping her daughter Sophie overcome the symptoms of spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Walking and moving is always difficult for Sophie because of her stiff, tight muscles, but the pony she loves so much eventually led her to trying a unique treatment that finally helped ease her symptoms...
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that many people living with a disability have to deal with misconceptions and stigma on a daily basis. From ignorance and prejudice, to barriers to work and education, the effects of these misconceptions can have profound and wide-ranging effects on the lives of disabled people.
UKS Mobility recently talked to 18 bloggers about their experiences and the misconceptions that those living with a disability face. Here, we take a closer look at the most common misconceptions they mentioned. We hope this will help raise awareness and reduce the stigma and improve conversation around disability.
1. All people with disabilities use wheelchairs
The last few weeks have been out of this world for science fiction fan Peter Makar, who has come face-to-face with some of his favourite stars.
Peter, who lives at the Homeleigh residential care home in Crumpsall, Manchester, not only saw the latest Star Wars movie on the big screen, but also got to see some of his favourite characters in person.
Peter, who has recently celebrated his 52nd birthday, attended the ‘For The Love Of Sci-Fi’ event at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park.
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) broadly welcomes the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in work, but is hugely disappointed that it has not taken the opportunity to explore tax reliefs and other changes to tax rules and practice that could help support more disabled people into work and help those already in work to stay in work.
The Government’s plan to transform disability employment over the next ten years was launched recently. Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, providing dedicated training for work coaches to support people with mental health conditions and reforming Statutory Sick Pay.1
A mechanical horse called ‘Mr Williams’ is helping disabled riders at a Cumbria riding school to gain confidence in the saddle.
Mr Williams has been part of the equine team at Happy Hooves Riding Centre since 2014, when owner Alison Noble purchased him realising he was a valuable asset for their equine therapy courses, and he was the only mechanical horse in the area at the time.
As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Happy Hooves also saw the benefit that Mr Williams, could bring to their disabled clients.
In true Vale tradition Aylesbury’s Stoke Mandeville Stadium is set to play host to the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony, in the run up to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
On Friday 2 March 2018 the Stadium will be lit up to bring Paralympic sport to the fore in a day of sporting demonstrations, talks and events.
Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable care cots and beds for disabled children and young adults, will be showcasing its caring and ethical approach at Kidz to Adultz North.
16th November: Kidz to Adultz North, Stand B13, 9.30am – 4.30pm EventCity, Barton Dock, Road Manchester M17 8AS.
The joy of Woodlarks is that everyone involved is a volunteer. The disabled people who come here have all sorts of disabilities. They rely on volunteer helpers to enable them to join in all that Woodlarks has to offer.
As one camper said, ‘A new experience every day.’
The summer half term week, and every week through July and August, urgently needs active helpers to engage for a week.
As soon as bookings open in January, camp leaders are flooded with applications from disabled people who want to attend their week. Sadly, they have to put many on a waiting list until they can be sure that they have enough helpers.
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK, joined Health and Social Care professionals, local schools, colleges and support groups, people supported, carers, friends and relatives and the Precious Homes team on 18th October 2017 for guided tours around the state-of-the-art new services and social enterprise.
Our three-tiered pathway model from residential through to supported living provides individuals with a ‘Transition Care Pathway’ on site, enabling a step-down to more independent living and reduced support over time.
St Margaret’s Hospice has extended its bereavement counselling services, more than doubling the number of individuals being supported following the death of a close family member.
Over the last three years the Hospice has grown its team from a single practitioner to three dedicated roles to be able to deliver this critical service.
St Margaret’s Clinical Director, Joy Milliken said: “Care of a family doesn’t stop when a loved one dies. We can offer ongoing professional support and counselling which can play a vital part in the bereavement process, helping someone come to terms with such a life changing event.”
Players from a powerchair football team have praised one of Scotland’s leading charities for helping to showcase the sport to new audiences.
The South Ayrshire Tigers thrilled a large audience by demonstrating their talents at Blackwood’s sporting-themed AGM, which aimed to encourage its customers to get more involved in sport and try new activities.
The team, which comprises members, Annmarie Robertson, Scott Robb, Scott Wood and captain James Doull, hope that their appearance will encourage others to take it up and to generally promote the sport to more people.
Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.
Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity
Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.
Creative Support North Lincolnshire joins national campaign day to celebrate supported housing.
Creative Support is highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to North Lincolnshire as part of today's Starts at Home day.
Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation, celebrates how this housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.
Muggi is an innovative new product which enables hot and cold drinks to be carried safely in any environment.
This unique tray enables up to four mugs to be carried safely in one hand, leaving the other hand free to support the user. Muggi also fits on to walking frames and can be conveniently placed on the lap of wheelchair users.
We all value our independence, without it we can feel defeated, depressed and at a loss.
It is therefore imperative that people living with disabilities have as much encouragement and aid to help maintain a healthy independent lifestyle whether that is something as simple as opening packaging, putting socks on or travelling and engaging in social activities whilst creating a sense of independence.We offer gadgets that allow an individual living with a disability to keep their independence doing day-to-day tasks inside and outside their home.
Modern fittings make designing stylish and accessible bathrooms easier than ever before.
Providing bathrooms that are accessible and appealing to both able and less able is a design challenge. Less able does not just mean those who are registered disabled where specific facilities such as bath hoists may be needed but the many who suffer less serious problems that can make life difficult. Although it is true to say that accessible bathrooms can be ugly, this does not have to be the case. Choosing the right, well designed fittings can make life easy for less able users without spoiling the visual appeal of the room or limiting its use.
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.