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Art and Aspergers

 A 20-year-old from Cardiff whose artwork helps control his Asperger’s Syndrome has become an online hit. Chris Baker started drawing after leaving school aged 14, and has begun displaying his work at exhibitions across the UK. His mother Sam Baker, 42, said Chris’ life has “transformed” since he discovered his passion for drawing. His work will be on display at ... 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 »

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 »

BP courage award launched

A new award recognising the immense courage of an individual, team or organisation at a Paralympic Games will be presented at November’s Paralympic Sport and Media Awards in Mexico City, Mexico, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and BP have announced. The BP Courage Award was first presented to the IPC at last October’s Anniversary Dinner marking 25 years of the ... Read More »

Channel 4 and Scope partner for Shorts series starring Alex Brooker

  Channel 4, in partnership with Scope, has commissioned a brand new advertiser funded Shorts series What Not To Do starring Alex Brooker, the disability charity’s ambassador and star of Channel 4 show The Last Leg. The six, three 3 minute short form series launches exclusively on All 4 for Channel 4’s digital Shorts platform and will be available to view in early ... Read More »

£45 million transformation ‘going for gold’ for disabled access

Bristol Colston Hall has secured a coveted award from the UK’s leading organisation who campaign to improve disabled access at live music venues. Attitude is Everything awarded the Bronze standard following the Fast Forward Festival held last weekend. Their Charter recognises the steps venues take to serve deaf and disabled people, advising on actions to improve their rating up to ... Read More »

Caroline Bowditch returns to the Fringe with Falling in love with Frida

Glasgow based performer and choreographer Caroline Bowditch brings her Herald Angel Award winning work Falling in love with Frida back to the Fringe after a sell-out run in 2014. Falling in love with Frida explores the life, loves and legacy of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), probably the most famous disabled female visual artist in the world.  Today she is largely remembered for her artwork, ... Read More »

Crowdfunder campaign launches for Rayn jacket

Inspired by wheelchair users the Rayn jacket is designed to keep you dry whilst sitting in the rain. After consultations the final design is now in production, with a crowdfunder campaign underway to get your very own version of this innovative product. In Summer 2014, Ryan came to Open Style Lab with a challenge: As a wheelchair user, he couldn’t ... Read More »

Radio 1’s Big Weekend gains ‘CredAbility’ for disabled customers

Radio 1’s Big Weekend Festival has become the latest recipient of the CredAble Provider Quality Mark- awarded to organisations that can demonstrate a commitment to quality for disabled customers. This years festival, held at Earlham Park Norwich next weekend (23rd & 24th May) boasts a line up including household names such as Foo Fighters, George Ezra, Florence + the Machine, Taylor Swift, Context, ... Read More »

New venue found for Maidstone Resource Centre

A group of disabled people in Kent are delighted to have moved into a lovely new venue for their local activity and skills group. The group of 42 disabled people were devastated when told the centre may need to close but a new provider, Housing 21, stepped forward after seeing an urgent media appeal and offered a new venue at Tovil ... Read More »