Independent Living

Accessibility Mark Centres riding the wave of success in awards

Accessibility Mark Centres riding the wave of success in awards

Two Accessibility Mark accredited riding centres have received recognition at the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) 2017.

Divoky Riding School based in Somerset was judged the winner in the Best Rural Sporting Business category, with Radway Riding School based in Warwickshire crowned runner-up.

Pat Bishop from Divoky Riding School was presented with the prestigious award at a glittering awards ceremony held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey that was compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame.

Inspirational sportsman highlights transformational impact of sport for people with disabilities

Inspirational sportsman highlights transformational impact of sport for people with disabilities

Scotland’s Wheelchair Rugby League captain has urged people with disabilities to realise the positive impact sport can have on their lives.

Graeme Stewart told a special sporting themed AGM of specialist housing and care provider Blackwood how sport helped him overcome challenges associated with his injury.

Graeme, from Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, was just 16 years of age, and two days away from joining the RAF, when a tragic accident left him paralysed in the legs.

The 50-year-old is now not only the proud captain of his country at rugby league, he has also been cox of a rowing team, regularly plays basketball and has climbed Ben Nevis.

Ayrshire Powerchair Football Team Show Their Skills

Ayrshire Powerchair Football Team Show Their Skills

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.
 

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

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.

 

Breakfast meeting to celebrate supported housing at Scunthorpe

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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.

The UK’s first discount card for people with disabilities has arrived

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Introducing the Diversability Card, the official discount card for people with disabilities, providing exclusive and market-leading discounts with the UK’s favourite brands, service and entertainment providers.  

 

The card has been founded by disability rights campaigner Shani Dhanda, who lives with a rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease, affecting only one in 15,000 people in the UK. With mainstream media throwing out images of unattainable perfection, lacking any social and cultural relevance to ethnic minority communities, raising awareness around disability and diversity is Shani’s passion. 

 

Theraposture to demonstrate why it is the considered choice at Rise 4 Disability

Theraposture

Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, will be providing informative demonstrations of its trusted Rotoflex turning bed system and future-proof Mascot cot at Rise 4 Disability.

7th September: Rise 4 Disability, Stand B1, Kent Showground, Maidstone, ME14 3JF, 10am - 4pm, free admission.

Which Door Entry Systems Suit You?

Norman Niven

Norman Niven Chief Executive of telmenow.com, a company which offers technology products for independent living, discusses the different door entry systems available to help the user feel more secure at home. 

 

There is a vast array of door entry systems on the market and, depending on what level of monitoring you are looking for, something will be available to help with additional safety precautions.

 

Whether you need a gadget for your own peace of mind, or if it is for a loved one and you want to provide that extra sense of security, there should be something or a combination of products which suit your needs. 

 

Don't miss seeing superheroes in action at Dorney Lake!

Don't miss seeing superheroes in action at Dorney Lake!

With only a few days to go ahead of its debut event, the Superhero Series powered by npower is inviting spectators to come and see nearly 2,000 superheroes at Dorney Lake on August 19th. 

The series has an open invite for everyone to come down with megaphones, banners and flags to cheer the Superheroes over the line. Not only will you be treated to some trailblazing sporting moments and top celebrity spotting, the day is also laying on a super-sized fun day out for Superheroes, Sidekicks and spectators big and small.

Maintain your independence with Spring Chicken Ltd

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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.

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

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.
 

10 Great Apps for Accessibility

10 Great Apps for Accessibility

The loss of one (or more) of the human senses, or difficulties in communicating with the world around you, can severely hamper your quality of life. When it’s a constant struggle to communicate something that you need, you will cling to any assistance you can obtain, whether that’s a sign language interpreter or a text-to-speech pad. Overcoming such obstacles is now easier than ever, thanks to the introduction of so many practical apps to help people with difficulties such as impaired hearing or vision, developmental delays, dementia and paraplegia.