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RNIB launches ‘In Your Pocket’ making reading accessible for people with sight loss

‘In Your Pocket’ is an easy to use, voice controlled media reader, specifically designed for blind and partially sighted people. It combines a stand-alone Samsung media player, O2 connectivity and RealSAM interactive speech software together with a subscription to RNIB Library and Newsagent. The interactive software enables blind and partially sighted people to access their favourite books, magazines, newspapers and ... Read More »

Deputy First Minister visits Royal Blind School

The Royal Blind School played host to the Deputy First Minister on Wednesday 22 February. John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, was invited to the Royal Blind School to see how it delivers education and care to young people with visual impairment, including some with complex needs. The school is run by national ... Read More »

Almost 30,000 call on Government to close autism employment gap

29,090 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to take decisive action to double the number of autistic people in work by 2020. The petition was delivered on 21 February to Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, by Cheryl Gillan MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, and a number of ... Read More »

Improvement of Employer Attitudes Crucial for Disabled Jobseekers

National disability charity responds to new findings from the Centre for Social Justice, and calls for the Government to actively work with employers to promote disabled people. New polling from the Centre for Social Justice showed that two thirds (63 per cent) of HR decision makers think there are barriers to hiring disabled people, and that only a third (33 ... Read More »

Options appoints Anna Kennedy (OBE) AS Autism Ambassador

Options, the specialist autism provider of Outcomes First Group, has teamed up with leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE. Options has appointed Anna as the autism ambassador for the group. Anna has to date worked closely with the autism services with Outcomes First Group and is now extending her role across the services within the group. Anna, who has two ... Read More »

Wrea Green Equitation Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Local equitation centre, Wrea Green is holding a special event to mark Disabled Access Day. Accessibility Mark has joined forces with Disabled Access Day to encourage more disabled people to consider taking part in horse riding activities and learn about the benefits of spending time with horses. Taking place from 10-12 March 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled ... Read More »

Chief Executive of Royal Blind to step down

The Chief Executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded has announced his retiral. Richard Hellewell has said he will retire from his position as Chief Executive in July 2017, after leading the two charities for the last ten years. During his time, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded achieved significant development and growth. Royal Blind established two adult residential ... Read More »

Marathon man steps up for local charity

Local man, Gareth Powell, has run his first ever marathon, half a world away in Disney World, Florida and raised over £1,150 for Stick ‘n’ Step – a charity much closer to home. Having never run 26 miles before and with only a few months training, Gareth, 36, completed the race in under five hours. He finished it in 4 ... Read More »

PosAbility columnist Sam Renke becomes patron for Head2Head Theatre

Samantha Renke (Actress and Disability Campaigner) recently worked professionally with Sara Cole, Artistic Director for Head2Head Theatre. The charity was delighted when, on learning about its work, Sam agreed to become a Patron and is already actively involved in its promotion and future activities. Based in Surrey, the charity’s team of three professional actors tour specialist education schools throughout London ... Read More »

Prague Filmmakers Launch Documentary Crowdfunding Campaign for Greater Inclusivity of Disabilities in Sport

Prague based filmmakers, Paul Dean (UK) and Kristyna Balaban (Canada), announced the launch of their indiegogo campaign to raise funding for the completion of their documentary, ‘The Road Less Run’, and to help spread the unique concept of inclusion of disabled athletes in marathon running developed in Prague by the charity Running With Those That Can’t. From 2009, with courage, ... Read More »

One in three parents of a child with a learning disability is in a distressed relationship

Charities Relate, Relationships Scotland and Mencap call for increased support for families Parents who have a child with a learning disability are facing unnecessary pressures on their relationships. This is according to a new report, which finds that one in three of these parents is in a relationship which would be described in the counselling room as ‘distressed’ (compared to ... Read More »

Sponsor needed to go the distance for charity race team

Stick ‘n’ Step, the North West charity that provides support to children with cerebral palsy and their families, is looking for a headline sponsor for its cycle race team at Revolve 24. This is a major 24 hour cycling endurance event being held at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit later this year. Taking place on 16 and 17 September at ... Read More »