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NHS funding for advanced prosthetic technology imminent

Amputees in England living with above-knee limb loss are awaiting the imminent decision, from the NHS, for funding approval of a vital and necessary policy; Clinical Commissioning Policy: Microprocessor Controlled Prosthetic Knees. This policy would give above-knee amputees living in England access, via the NHS, to a life changing Microprocessor Controlled Prosthetic Knee (MPK). If funding is approved it is ... Read More »

North Somerset Parents’ Group Relaunches With New Name

An independent group that provides parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) a means to voice their concerns with local authorities and service providers, has changed its name. Previously known as ‘Our Voice Counts’, the parent participation forum has relaunched as ‘North Somerset Parent Carers’, a name designed to better reflect the group’s core values. “Working in ... Read More »

Charity announces record levels of support for disabled children

Over 15,000 more UK families are applying for vital grant support compared to five years ago, according to the latest figures from Family Fund, the UK’s largest charity providing grants to families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Family Fund’s Annual Review 2015/16 outlines the impact of the 89,423 grants and support services provided to families across ... Read More »

Access for all as National Trust Stourhead add Mountain Trike wheelchairs to fleet

The Mountain Trike Company who manufacture and produce all-terrain wheelchairs have been working with the National Trust for some time and in 2015 developed the MT Push, a buddy chair.  This was developed from the original Mountain Trike wheelchair at the behest of the Visitor and Services Manager at the National Trust Brownsea Island site.  They could see the benefit ... Read More »

HSBC launches new British sign language service in branches

New service makes it easier for deaf BSL users to contact HSBC in branch HSBC is making it easier for deaf British Sign Language (BSL) customers to carry out their day-to-day banking in its branches by providing instant access to a BSL interpreter, the bank has announced. Video Remote Interpretation will be available to both personal and business customers in ... Read More »

‘Life million times better’

Zoe is an alcoholic – but she neither needs nor wants to drink. She is an alcoholic in recovery – a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. She has another illness too – chronic osteoporosis, which has left her with fractures in her spine and hips. “I spent 38 years actively drinking, and most of them alcoholically, before I put the bottle ... Read More »

Top 50 most influential disabled people announced as the RIWC comes to Edinburgh

Powerful Media and Shaw Trust have announced a list of the 50 most influential disabled people globally, ahead of an international disability empowerment conference starting tomorrow Edinburgh. The inaugural Global List will be launched at the 23rd Rehabilitation International World Congress (RIWC) on Tuesday 25 October, and celebrates the achievements of 50 of the most accomplished people living with disabilities ... Read More »

Sport England Announces New Funding Boost for InstructAbility

News of the £380,000 investment came during an awards evening to celebrate the achievements of disabled fitness instructors who have graduated through the scheme and the leisure operators that have provided work placements and employment. InstructAbility is a project designed by Aspire, the spinal injury charity and delivered in partnership with YMCAfit, to give unemployed, disabled people the training, qualifications ... Read More »

Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Awareness Week

Celebrating training to support more disabled people to lead active lives  Over three years, 6,000 people have enjoyed the benefits of the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training and, as a result, more disabled people are leading active lives. To celebrate the success, we are calling on the nation to raise awareness during Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Awareness Week (24-28 October 2016). ... Read More »

My Ted Talk: Values In Life

By Hannah Deakin On Friday 17 June I spoke at a TEDx conference at my old school, Sir William Perkins’s School. TEDx events are local, independently organised events where people share a TED-like experience. They are events where you can be motivated and inspired by speakers. The TEDx conference was a wonderful experience, with an array of very interesting and talented ... Read More »

Partnership calls on global community to support social inclusion through sport and technology

A unique partnership between UK employment charity Shaw Trust and international sports technology business Ottobock, is calling for greater access to sport and assistive technology to achieve independence for disabled people. Shaw Trust and Ottobock will be using the 23rd Rehabilitation International World Congress in Edinburgh this year as a platform to raise the awareness of the importance of sport ... Read More »

Care Home has ambitions to raise dementia awareness

A Glasgow care home has given invaluable training to parishioners and Sisters of a local church to help raise further awareness of dementia. Bupa’s Craigbank Care Home, on Saracen Street, ran a training session at its dementia cafe which was attended by the Sisters of the Church of St. Teresa of Lisieux, the local community and relatives of the home’s ... Read More »