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Healthy Athletes: 20 years providing free medical treatment at Special Olympics

by Pablo Martinez Dorado, AIPS Young Reporter, Spain Sometimes, when athletes are competing in major events such as the Special Olympics, basics such as proper medical treatment in their home countries are taken for granted. However, this can be a difficult challenge in areas where incomes are modest or visiting a doctor regularly is not a priority. More than 200m ... Read More »

Take the Drama Out of Dressing with Willow Bug

Stylish Adaptive Clothing for Children with Special Needs Willow Bug is a new and unique online destination offering stylish adaptive clothing for children with special needs. Designed and made in the UK, the Willow Bug collection is created with love, care and attention to guarantee unrivalled quality, durability and functionality.  Featuring everyday outerwear essentials for four year olds to teens ... Read More »

BSL Performance of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ signed by Jeni Draper!

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue Wednesday 5 July – Sunday 10 September BSL Interpreted Performance: Thursday 13 July at 11am FOR ACCESS RATE TICKETS: Call 0330 333 4815 or email access@nimaxtheatres.com BOOK ONLINE: www.nimaxtheatres.com Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ best-selling picture book What the Ladybird Heard makes its West End debut this summer at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on 5 ... Read More »

British Blind Sport and RDA launch guide to visually impaired equestrian sport

British Blind Sport and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) are proud to launch a new educational resource, designed to support visually impaired (VI) people who take part in equestrian sport and activities. National charities, British Blind Sport and the RDA are working in partnership to better understand the needs of visually impaired people when accessing equestrian sport. With support ... Read More »

Blind veteran Simon Brown shortlisted in Sunday Express People’s Choice category at Soldiering On Awards 2017

An Iraq War veteran who was blinded in conflict has been shortlisted in the prestigious ‘People’s Choice’ category sponsored by the Sunday Express in the seventh annual Soldiering On Awards. Simon Brown, 38 and from Leeds, was nominated for the award by national military charity Blind Veterans UK, which has supported him since he lost his sight. The Soldiering On ... Read More »

Patron, Joanna Lumley opens new facilities at The Grange Centre

Absolutely Fabulous star, Joanna Lumley, opened the newly-refurbished building of The Grange Centre for People With Disabilities, Bookham, on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 Joanna Lumley is a patron of The Grange, which supports people with disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. Lumley unveiled plaques thanking charitable trusts and foundations and individuals who raised the £440,000 needed to make The ... Read More »

Equipment decision closes Coed y Brenin adaptive mountain bike project

The “Challenge your Boundaries” adaptive mountain bike facility, based at Coed y Brenin trail centre, is sad to announce its closure, following the Snowdonia National Park (SNP) decision to move two of the three project bikes elsewhere. The SNP is to relocate the bikes out of the National Park to Plas Menai near Caernarfon, where they will form part of ... Read More »

Step up for Stick ‘n’ Step on Wirral Coastal Walk

Fundraisers at local charity Stick ‘n’ Step are appealing for people to step up and step out on this year’s Wirral Coastal Walk to help them raise funds. The charity provides free conductive education to children with cerebral palsy, which encourages confidence, independence and mobility. Stick ‘n’ Step takes part in the famous walk every year and this year hopes ... Read More »

The Brotherwood Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Weekend Returns

Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 April 2017 Haynes International Motor Museum, Somerset Explore the UK’s leading range of WAVs See the launch of the new Brotherwood Mercedes-Benz V-Class Discuss your personal transport needs with expert advisors Explore the world-class Motor Museum Brotherwoood are pleased to announce that the Brotherwood ‘WAV Weekend’ Event will be returning this April Bank Holiday Weekend, giving you ... Read More »

Home Comforts for Far Flung Centenarian

A woman who has spent her life in far-flung places has celebrated her 100th birthday at a Dundee retirement housing development. Emily Lyall, who was born in Soho and grew up in Kent, made India, Egypt and Singapore her home before returning to the UK. Celebrating with family and friends at Bield’s Strathmartine Court, Emily revealed that her secret to ... Read More »

Coveted Award Nod for Tech-Savvy Housing and Care Provider

One of the country’s most innovative care providers is celebrating after being recognised at the highest possible level with a nomination for a prestigious award. For the first time, Edinburgh-headquartered Blackwood Housing and Care has been shortlisted as a finalist for the coveted UK Housing Awards 2017, in the inaugural Outstanding Approach to Promoting Digital Inclusion category. The nomination recognises ... Read More »

Disabled Access Day open morning at Rural Oscar finalists

Katherine and Andrew Graham, co-owners of Wallops Wood Cottages, are delighted to have been awarded Highly Commended in the South East Countryside Alliance Awards, known as the Rural Oscars. Wallops Wood Cottages hosted an open morning on Friday 10 March as part of the third annual Disabled Access Day campaign, which this year took place from 10-12 March. Andrew of Wallops Wood ... Read More »