Author: PosAbility

Dream made reality as Cheltenham students with disabilities take to the piste

A group of students with disabilities from National Star College are to embark on their first skiing adventure, thanks to the help of The School Travel Company Ski.  The seven students, all with varying levels of learning and physical disability, depart for a week on the slopes of Andorra tomorrow, 16 January.  The Cheltenham-based college struggled to find a travel operator to help, until The School Travel Company Ski stepped in. The company has more than 30 years experience in organising educational and residential tours for school and youth groups. Chris Slater, Product Manager at The School Travel Company...

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Access for All campaign launched

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, is today launching a new Access for All campaign, aimed to raise awareness of accessible destinations and businesses in England; informing disabled people of accommodation and visitor attractions when planning a day trip or holiday. Following a successful pilot project in 2013/14, with four destinations; VisitEngland accessed funding from the European Commission to expand the Access for All initiative, with a grant of €125,000. For the past year VisitEngland has been working with seven local destination partners across the country, to create a series of access guides covering coastal, countryside and city destinations, which...

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IPC Athletics World Championships set to be successful

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are confident that Doha will deliver a very successful IPC Athletics World Championships in October. Led by Head of IPC Athletics, Ryan Montgomery, the IPC delegation are in Doha to observe the GCC Para-Athletics Championships, which are serving as a Test Event for the World Championships. We also spoke to Hannah Cockroft ahead of her appearance at the Championships. You can read her interview in the October/November issue of PosAbility magazine. Speaking at a press conference to discuss the outcome of the Test Event, Ryan Montgomery said: “We have been able to witness a...

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Specialist gym gets paralysed woman back on her feet

A West Mids woman says a specialist gym saved her after she was suddenly left paralysed from the waist down and in a wheelchair for 16 months. With no conclusive diagnosis and treatment available, Tabitha Fung (32) started undertaking bespoke classes and training programmes at Sandwell Leisure Trust’s Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, near Birmingham – a centre of excellence for people with disabilities and one of the few ‘Excellent’ accredited Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) facilities in the Midlands. In just six months Tabi has dropped two dress sizes, has a lot more energy and confidence, drives an adapted...

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Scottish FA offers refund to wheelchair users with restricted view at Hampden

Following Monday’s match with Germany at Hampden Park, the Scottish Football Association has issued an apology with an offer of refunded tickets after up to 100 disabled supporters had their view of the match obscured by advertising boards. Complaints flooded in across social media as wheelchair users in the South stand complained about the boards which blocked their view of the pitch. Whilst some users were moved to an alternative viewing platform in the east stand during the 3-2 win for World Cup winners, Germany, capacity restrictions means that not all of those who were affected could be moved....

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