Author: posabilitymagazine

Becoming an endurance athlete and breaking 47 world records was tough, but facing up to hearing loss was even harder

It was November 1998 when I was on a green patrol in Northern Ireland to Lisburn Barracks. I was waiting for some of the guys to get back and was standing very close to the first of two car bombs that went off inside the barracks themselves. Because of my proximity to the explosion, my hearing was permanently damaged and I was subsequently medically discharged from the army.  Just like that, my whole world crumbled before me. I joined the army when I was only 16-years-old and it became my whole life. I served with The Royal Green Jackets...

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Deaf failed by Welsh health boards under Equality Act

Health boards in Wales are breaching the law by not providing accessible services for the deaf and hard of hearing, the BBC has learned. The seven health boards should have published policies about improving access to services in December. The director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru said they were not meeting legal obligations from the Equality Act. But the health boards said they were striving to improve access for the deaf and hard of hearing. Meanwhile, a separate report shows that 90% of GPs in Wales are failing to provide reasonable alternative methods for deaf people to book...

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Judge rules learning disabled ‘owed care’ by health chiefs

Health chiefs owe a legal duty to assess and review the community care needs of mental health patients in NI, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice McCloskey held that, in suitable cases, social needs should be met within a reasonable time. The verdict has implications for more than 130 people with learning disabilities waiting to be resettled. Campaigners said the decision was an important legal victory for long-stay hospital patients. The case was taken by lawyers for an unidentified man who spent 11 years at Muckamore Abbey in Antrim as a voluntary patient. Judicial review proceedings were...

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Paralympic cyclist backs specialist broker Chartwell

Paralympic cyclist Jody Cundy, who became a household name after London 2012, has linked up with specialist insurance broker Chartwell to advertise its range of policies. Jody, 34, a world and Paralympic swimming champion before repeating the feat when switching to the velodrome, has been sponsored by the Norfolk-based broker for several years. But now he is lending his name to a new advertising campaign that plays on his unfortunate false start in London, when officials denied him the chance to defend his 1km title won in Beijing in 2008. The world record holder at the event, Jody’s wheel...

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Fittleworth Wins Stomawise Award for the Second Year Running

Fittleworth, a medical home delivery company were listed as finalists in November for the Stomawise Golden Owl Awards and have now won ‘Most Helpful / Reliable Delivery Company’ as voted for by their clients for the second time. After two months of customer voting Fittleworth were met with the happy news in the New Year of winning this prestigious award given out by Stomawise, an internet based support network for people who have a Stoma. There were a total of 5,111 votes, and Fittleworth were up against many competitors. Fittleworth are extremely proud to win the award for the...

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