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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 »

Autochair brings renewed freedom to WW2 rifleman and author

Former British paratrooper and rifleman Victor Gregg is a World War 2 veteran whose horrific experiences have been documented in the Rifleman book trilogy, serialised in the national press and heard on the BBC. As a prisoner of war escapee who was sentenced to death and then ‘torn into bits mentally’ after surviving the allied bombing of Dresden, 97-year-old Victor ... Read More »

London launches resale scheme for summer of World Athletics tickets

London 2017 Ltd has launched a resale scheme to safeguard tickets for the World Para Athletics Championships 14-23 July and the IAAF World Championships London 2017 04-13 August The scheme will enable those wishing to re-sell their tickets to do so via their official ticket account to another genuine athletics fan Drive announced to avoid ticket touting with many sessions ... Read More »

New NHS funding helps amputee to improve his mobility and safety

NHS England is now able to offer microprocessor controlled prosthetic knees under newly approved funding. John Morris, an amputee of over 50 years and a patient at the Bristol Centre for Enablement, is one of the first to benefit from this new policy. At the age of 14, John from Catcott in Somerset had his left leg amputated through the ... 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 »

Raising Awareness of Nystagmus through Virtual Reality

Novel research at the University of Sheffield has produced a virtual reality smartphone app to allow healthy individuals to experience the debilitating effects of Nystagmus, an eye condition that can be acquired through conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. Nystagmus is an eye movement disorder where the eyes wobble uncontrollably, leading to significant visual impairment. If nystagmus develops early ... Read More »

The safest drinks tray in the world

Muggi is an innovative product that enables hot drinks to be safely carried in any environment. This unique tray enables up to four mugs to be carried safely in one hand, leaving the other hand free for support, boosting its health and safety credentials. It securely holds most shapes and sizes of mugs, cups and glasses and will catch any ... Read More »

Have your say in plans to change parliamentary constituencies

Have your say – see what others said about plans to change parliamentary constituencies and tell the Boundary Commission for England what you think! The Boundary Commission for England needs your help once again as it begins the next step of its 2018 Boundary Review – the second consultation. Parliament has asked the Commission, an independent and impartial public organisation, ... Read More »

Church Farm Equestrian Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Church Farm Equestrian Centre, based in Bristol, is holding a special event in support of 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 ... Read More »