Author: posabilitymagazine

Accessible performances at Hull New Theatre

Following its £16m refurbishment earlier this year Hull New Theatre has re-opened with improved accessibility for all.  An important part of this is their programme of accessible performances, which includes Captioned Performances and BSL Interpreted Performances for deaf and hearing impaired patrons, Audio Described Performance and Touch Tours for blind and visually impaired patrons, and Relaxed Performances for those with a learning disability, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Condition or sensory and communication disorders and their families.p Captioned Performances give deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people access to live theatre shows by providing captions similar to television subtitles. The...

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Why change your life when you can change your home?

For many, the concept of having to move home becomes all too real when the stairs become difficult to manage or not an option at all. Too many people with disabilities are confined to the ground floor, sleeping in the living room, or are forced to moving to a bungalow or a flat with lift facilities. But not everyone has the ability to live downstairs due to insufficient toilet facilities or not enough room to fit a bed. And the cost of moving is usually over and above what is feasible, not to mention inconvenient and an unwelcome change....

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The FA People’s Cup is back

This season’s competition launches with new finals venue – St. George’s Park The FA People’s Cup is back following a very special launch event at St. George’s Park (on Friday 12 January), turning dreams of lifting a trophy at Wembley Stadium into a reality for people all over the country. And with registration to the free-to-enter five-a-side tournament now open to amateur players of all ages and abilities, people can dust off their boots in preparation for the nation’s largest and most inclusive small sided football competition. To celebrate the launch, a diverse group of amateur players came together at...

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Finding answers for developmental delay

In 2001, the Human Genome Project successfully described the entire genetic code of a single person. This milestone was just the beginning of a new revolution in genomics for rare disease. People who will benefit most from our ability to sequence the human genome rapidly are those with genetic changes related to intellectual disability or learning difficulty. Imagine being a family who has known for years that your child has delayed development: “I always knew there was a problem and it comes as a relief that the cause of the problem has been found.” “It is good to know...

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Andy Macleod on the prosthetics helping him prepare for 2022 Winter Paralympics

“When I first went to university, everyone was a snowboarder or a skier, and I was so excited to get involved. I picked up a snowboard in my first year and felt like a natural” says Andy Macleod as he looks back to the moment he caught the winter sports bug. Sadly, just months after his first experience on the slopes, Andy was the victim of a road accident that led to the loss of his right leg below the knee. Almost seven years after the crash, Andy has made extraordinary progress and is training to become a Paralympic...

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