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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Lothian Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Team Put Sponsor Through Its Paces

Staff from a leading housing and care provider are licking their wounds after being put through their sporting paces by two of Scotland’s top wheelchair basketball teams. Blackwood Housing and Care representatives were trained by Lothian Phoenix – for whom they are the official sponsor – and Dundee Dragons, as part of a four hour event at the Lynch Sports ... Read More »

Disability arts: the challenge of ensuring creative momentum

There’s a lot to celebrate in the work of disabled artists right now. Ramps on the Moon, for example, brings together a collaborative network of seven Arts Council England national portfolio theatres to create three new pieces of high-quality touring theatre. Each venue will co-produce shows over consecutive years, giving all the organisations direct experience of working with disabled artists ... Read More »

Model with bionic arm calls for the fashion industry to start ‘celebrating uniqueness’ as she prepares to walk the runway at NYFW

Following from the success of last years New York Fashion Week, which saw models with a variety of disabilities take part, model Rebekah Marine will walk the runway at the FTL Moda show on September 13, sporting her state of the art prosthetic. Rebekah, 28 from New Jersey will be sporting her new i-limb quantum prosthetic hand, which was made ... Read More »

Kennedy Scott and Central YMCA today launch a new national service to support people with disabilities into work

Kennedy Scott and Central YMCA are launching their new DWP Specialist Employability Services (SES) contract today, September 1st. This is an important milestone for Kennedy Scott as this represents both a new Prime Contract, and an extension of the organisation’s service across the UK for the first time. This two-year contract will support 735 people with disabilities, more than a third of ... Read More »

Launch of ‘Ask For My Seat’ badge

It is not always clear when someone is in need of a seat. Chronic pain, injury, illness or disability often mea travelling on public transport can be difficult without a seat. Having to ask for a seat is a barrier and most of the time people would rather suffer in silence. The ‘Ask for my seat’ badge was created by Antiblanks ... Read More »

3D printed prosthetic helps tropical toucan

We’ve all heard of the new revolution in 3D printers being used to help develop prosthetics, but what about injured birds? Tieta the Toucan was left with a severely damaged beak after being mistreated. Tieta was rescued from an illegal market stall in Brazil, and with the help of researchers from three universities, was fitted with a brand new prosthetic ... Read More »

Choice Unlimited National Event coming to Stockport

Choice Unlimited National Event coming to Stockport, in partnership with Stockport Centre for Independent Living (CIL), for disabled people, older people & carers! We pleased to announce that Disability Stockport are presenting their first Choice Unlimited on Tuesday 22nd September at Stockport Town Hall. With a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport and live performances from EAICO choir ... Read More »