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The April/May 2017 issue of PosAbility magazine out now

The April/May 2017 issue of PosAbility magazine out now. In this issue we explore . . .   Cooking with Gas: Read how Susie Longair received a kitchen makeover Domestic Abuse: We explore the frightening realities for some women living with disabilities in abusive relationships Employ Me, I Dare You: Sam Renke discusses all things employment and disability Jodie Finds Her ... Read More »

The Oct/Nov issue is out now!

The October/November of PosAbility Magazine is out now, read on to find out what our latest issue has to offer! Take a look inside the issue, with . . . How much has it touched you?: Our very own Mik Scarlett ponders the legacy of the Paralympic games. The ‘Token’ Disabled: Sam Renke talks about her role in a hilarious ... Read More »

Harrow MP backs gardening service supporting disabled people into work

Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, attended an awards ceremony hosted by Shaw Trust at the charity’s horticultural social enterprise project in Clamp Hill, Stanmore. During the visit, Mr Blackman presented the project’s service users with certificates recognising their achievements and the progress they have made to gain key skills for the job market. 40 year-old Lee Emery from Willesden ... Read More »

Delays to welfare payments for disabled people ‘unacceptable’, admits minister

The delays facing some claimants of a flagship government welfare scheme are “unacceptable”, a minister admitted as the latest update was published. Data released by the Department for Work and Pensions showed that of the 529,400 cases registered for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) between April 2013 and the end of July this year, just over 206,000 had been cleared – ... Read More »

Greater risk of dementia for those with diabetes

People who suffer from diabetes have a 50 per cent increased risk of dementia, a new global study suggests. Experts said changing lifestyles to reduce the risk of diabetes, and other associated health risks, such as obesity and heart disease, was key to tackling the time bomb facing Britain’s ageing population. In the report for Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global ... Read More »

Student takes a leap of faith to raise £7,000 for deafblind charity

Emma Bridge, a 22-year-old student from Cambridgeshire who’s terrified of heights took part in a tandem skydive on Saturday to raise money for national deafblind charity Sense. Emma, who is partially sighted and has hearing loss, has raised nearly £7000 so far. “I know first hand how hard it can be at times to live with both sight and hearing ... Read More »

Kanye West’s idiotic attitude to disability is symptomatic of a bigger problem

In the immortal words of President Obama, Kanye West “is a jackass”. The Mail reports that the entertainer, and self-proclaimed “voice of this generation”, recently stopped a concert in Australia to demand that two disabled people in the audience stand up and dance. One was in a wheelchair. The other had a prosthetic leg, and was reduced to the indignity of waving ... Read More »

Campaign to highlight disability hate crime in Northern Ireland

A campaign to raise awareness of disability hate crime in Northern Ireland has been launched. Leonard Cheshire Disability, which provides voluntary services to people with disabilities, said the reporting of such crimes was “surprisingly low”. Last year, 70 disability hate crimes were reported, an increase of 100%. The organisation said there were several reasons why people failed to report such ... Read More »

Older patients and families forced to pay ‘dementia tax’, says UK charity

Hundreds of thousands of older people and their families are being forced to pay a “dementia tax” if they are struck down by the condition, a leading UK charity has warned. People with dementia are having to fork out for care while people with other long-term conditions are being looked after by the state, the Alzheimer’s Society said. Sufferers and ... Read More »

Disabled singer responds to childhood bullies in song

A Belgian singer with one arm tells BBC Ouch how she composes lyrics, and also displays a talent for turning negatives into unlikely positives. As a child, when Ilse Gevaert was teased for having a prosthetic forearm her father bluntly advised: “If you get bullied just take your arm off and hit them on the head with it.” Unlike many ... Read More »

What it’s like to live with Bipolar II disorder

Mental illness is a silent epidemic among men, says Sam Hawken, and it’s up to us all to take it more seriously The police were coming. I had only a few minutes to act. I called the mental-health hotline for my insurer and, when the call was answered, I said, “I have bipolar disorder and I’m off my medication. I ... Read More »

One-handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy becomes patron of arts charity Create

Award-winning concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy has become a Patron of creative arts charity Create. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, Nicholas has become a familiar name in classical music circles with appearances at the BBC Proms, on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 and ITV. Create’s other Patrons include writer Esther Freud, choreographer Matthew Bourne OBE, percussionist Dame Evelyn ... Read More »