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Autism East Midlands proudly launch Autism Can

Autism East Midlands proudly launch Autism Can! with grant support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. With the grant support of £19,653 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Autism East Midlands proudly launch Autism Can! Kick starting last month and with the planned capabilities to continue onwards until 2029. The grant will be spent on purchasing a variety of equipment, ... Read More »

David Williams can now enjoy the open road thanks to Lewis Reed

David Williams from Chester is enjoying the freedom that comes with your own vehicle as he is now the proud owner of a converted VW Shuttle SE wheelchair accessible vehicle from Lewis Reed. David (51) was born with Cerebral Palsy Grade 4 which means he has difficulty controlling his limbs, is unable to walk and has a speech impediment. The ... Read More »

Try something new at Moors Valley on Disabled Access Day

From joining in the parkrun or taking part in an under-7s sensory nature trail, to cycling and even orienteering, visitors of all abilities and ages can get out and about at Moors Valley Country Park’s Disabled Access Day on 11 March. Rangers, guides and other support staff will be on hand to assist visitors with whatever they may like to ... Read More »

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 »

Edinburgh Tenants To Test Ground-Breaking New Wheelchair Design

Tenants at a housing development in the capital are to be among the first to try out and provide invaluable feedback on a pioneering new wheelchair. Blackwood’s Abbey Court development, which provides housing and support for people with physical disabilities, will host a focus group with inventor Alex Papanikolaou, in which tenants will have the opportunity to test his unique ... Read More »

Public Health Essex commits £100,000 to sports focused health and social intervention

Sport For Confidence, a pioneering organisation that brings health professionals, leisure providers and sports clubs together to deliver occupational outcomes using engagement in sport and physical activity, has received a £100,000 funding grant over the next two years from Public Health, Essex to make its highly successful programme accessible to more communities across the county. The investment, made available via ... Read More »

Brotherwood Launch Innovative WAVR Experience

Virtual Reality Technology Comes to the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Market Brotherwood have long been considered as the innovators of the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) marketplace – from designing and manufacturing the first Wheelchair Access conversion to be integrated into a standard passenger car back in 1985, to creating the first ‘passenger up-front’ WAV; and introducing new concepts in the WAV ... Read More »

Autochair case study: Lynn and John Gregory, Sittingbourne

“The future was looking so bleak for both of us until we found the Autochair Olympian. Since it was installed we’ve got our lives back. We can leave the house with confidence – we’re really, truly living again.” Lynn Gregory, Sittingbourne John and Lynn Gregory were an active couple living life to the full until just 12 months ago. Grandparents ... 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 »

Staying safe key safes in West Yorkshire

Each week there are stories of cost strains facing the NHS and social care providers due to our ageing population and budget cuts, but a company in West Yorkshire is providing a simple service to help overcome this burden. Be Safe Key Safes, which is located in Leeds, provides a service to vulnerable members of society by simply fitting a lockable key safe on the exterior ... Read More »

Interview awkwardness still a barrier to disabled workers

With new research showing more than a third of UK workers considered changing employers in January, new not-for-profit disability organisation Purple is highlighting how daunting this process can be for employees with disabilities who are cautious about moving roles due to barriers and stereotypes. According to Purple’s recent nationwide survey of one thousand businesses, a fifth of hiring managers (22%) ... Read More »

The forgotten minority | Disabled people matter

By Shona Louise www.shonalouise.com This is a post that I’ve wanted to write for a long time, probably for about a year. There’s a reason to why I haven’t posted it until now, a bit of a cycle if you want. Event happens that forgets or discriminates against disabled people > I get annoyed and frustrated > go to write ... Read More »