£8 million for disability sports projects

MASONS_SPORT_ENGLAND44 projects across England can now offer more opportunities for disabled people to play sport thanks to £8 million worth of funding announced by Sport England.

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Easter play schemes for disabled children axed due to ‘short breaks’ cuts

Councils are reducing the hours of support they assign to families to use for short breaksThis Easter, children with disabilities are struggling to gain access to play services as funding for short breaks continues to be cut. Short breaks provide respite care for families and carers of children with disabilities, but since 2010 the money allocated for them by local authorities has been greatly reduced.

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Diabetics say yes to Chocolate this Easter!

chocolateThe good news is that chocolate doesn’t have to be excluded from your diet this Easter. A diabetic eating chocolate may raise eyebrows amongst some people but within reason, chocolate consumption is okay in moderation. In most cases, chocolate will cause blood sugar levels to rise, therefore it’s best to limit chocolate treats to small amounts and to avoid eating when blood sugars are already higher than the recommended blood glucose levels.

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Pressure sensors to help prevent pain for amputees

_74233456_prostheticResearchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor – dubbed a “second skin” – which they say could prevent dangerous sores.

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Win a Holiday to Jersey

Jersey445PosAbility magazine has teamed up with Maison des Landes Hotel and Condor Ferries to offer our readers the chance to win an accessible holiday in Jersey Click here to enter

Middlesex Sports Foundation in partnership with GB Wheelchair Rugby

Middlesex & GBWR Partnership

David Pond, CEO, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (left) – Kylie Grimes, Wheelchair Rugby Paralympian – Rhidian Jones, Chairman of the Middlesex Sports Foundation (right).

The National Governing Body for Wheelchair Rugby, GBWR, has agreed a deal with the Middlesex Sports Foundation worth £50,000 that will run for the next four years. 

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Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill

Iain Duncan Smith personal independence paymentsShe calls it: “Heartbreaking, truly astonishing, I’ve never seen anything like this.” Emma Cross is a senior Macmillan Cancer Support benefits adviser, and she says delays in Iain Duncan Smith’s new personal independence payments (PIP) leave the sick utterly destitute. “Does anyone know how many people are struggling?”

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Dying Government scientist judged fit to work by Atos

Screen+Shot+2014-04-10+at+12.28.00Increasingly disliked Atos assessors judged a dying Government scientist fit to work even though his doctors were pushing him to have a heart transplant. Before his death, Robert Barlow, 47, could barely read or walk and had given him just 18 months to live.

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Benefit claim assessments take ‘double time’, says Capita

_74135050_de27-1The head of a company assessing people in Wales for a new disability payment has admitted they are taking “significantly longer” than predicted.  It comes after claims people in Wales with serious conditions like cancer are waiting too long to be assessed.

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See Hear: Are deaf people being let down in hospitals?

_74132132_couple-and-childDeaf people have been going on record about difficult experiences they’ve had in hospitals due to lack of sign language interpreters. See Hear looks at three cases where this trauma could have been avoided had sign language interpreters, or other communication support, been provided.

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There’s a better way to support disabled people – listen to us, for starters

Disabled people protest hardest hitEmployment and support allowance (ESA), the benefit that provides support if you are too ill or become so disabled that you cannot work, is failing on every level.

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Wheelchair user braves skydive to help feed hungry kids

Padraig and his girlfriend Elizabeth

Padraig and his girlfriend Elizabeth

A disabled County Mayo man has undertaken a tandem skydive to raise money for his favourite charity, Mary’s Meals. Brave Padraig Keogh took the plunge on Sunday (April 6) at Clonbullogue Airfield in Offaly (Irish Parachute Club), the day before his 45th birthday. Padraig, who was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, has dedicated much of his time over the past five years volunteering for Mary’s Meals, which runs school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.

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