Computershare helps Edinburgh resident with learning disabilities realise dream

Karl Levy - Computershare analyst
Computershare, a leading financial services provider, is helping an Edinburgh resident with learning disabilities to achieve his dream job.  

Karl Levy, who has Asperger syndrome and dyslexia, is working as an apprentice operations analyst at Computershare’s city-based Leven House.

Computershare supports Karl with specialist equipment and training, while his co-workers are being taught how to communicate effectively with people with Asperger syndrome and dyslexia.

Mark McDougall, Global CIO at Computershare, said: “Computershare is an equal opportunities employer that takes its responsibility to nurture all talent extremely seriously, and we are delighted that Karl is progressing well.”

Clearwell Mobility becomes the South East’s exclusive supplier of the NINO

Clearwell Mobility NINO Wheelchairs

Clearwell Mobility has taken delivery of a new state-of-the-art powerchair – the NINO - which offers a unique mobility solution, combining a Segway with a wheelchair.

The NINO enables users to go forwards and backwards by moving their torso and also has the ability to connect a smartphone to monitor and control the powerchair. With two central wheels, users can turn sideways and completely rotate instantly, without going backwards and forwards.

Designed and manufactured in France, and modelled to distract from disability, the NINO is a fashionable powerchair that focuses on design and individuality for the rider. At less than half the length of a traditional wheelchair, it enables users even more freedom to move around, without the frustration of a traditional chair.

Autism’s Got Talent and Autism with Attitude to perform at the Apple flagship store in Covent Garden

Autism with Attitude dance group - Autism's Got Talent

Autism’s Got Talent and Autism with Attitude to perform at the Apple flagship store in Covent Garden during World Autism Awareness Week 1-7 April 2019

On Friday 5th April 2019 at 5:30pm, Apple’s flagship store in Covent Garden, London, will be abuzz with energy when Autism with Attitude (AWA) – the groundbreaking street dance group from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge – showcase their moves as part of World Autism Awareness Week, 1-7 April. The dance troupe – whose tenacity and talent has inspired millions – will be joined by performers from Autism’s Got Talent, the show created by Anna Kennedy OBE, Autism Ambassador for Options Autism, to raise public awareness of the condition and give adults and children with autism the chance to shine.

The slowly shifting social norms of disability in Britain, 2009 - Today

The slowly shifting social norms of disability in Britain, 2009 - Today

It was 10 years ago to the year, in 2009, when the UK government threw its weight behind the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The ratification of the convention was met with thunderous applause in the disabled community, and was seen as the beginning of the end of outdated notions towards disability.

The UNCRPD marked a seismic shift in attitudes towards the disabled – at least on paper. The crux of the Convention was the re-focusing of disabled attitudes away from what is known as the “medical” view, to a more progressive social model.

The Hytte – Accessible self-catering holiday cottage near Hexham in Northumberland

The Hytte – Accessible self-catering holiday cottage near Hexham in Northumberland

The Hytte is award winning, accessible, self-catering accommodation for eight people. 

Guests love the character of this Norwegian inspired traditional timber Hytte or mountain lodge with its grass roof. Luxury rated as five star Gold and designed from the outset as a great “get together” venue which has been adapted to meet the needs of guests with disabilities, ensuring all family members and friends can enjoy a holiday together.

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon
UK Tour: February – May 2019

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon brings a diverse cast of Deaf and hearing actors to the stage to follow the story of Mathilda, a little grey sheep whose mind is always full of questions. Join her on a journey of self-discovery as she learns the joys of self-expression and see how, with a little imagination and a big open mind, anything is possible! The DH Ensemble have made Mathilda’s world fully welcoming and accessible to D/deaf and hearing children and their families through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language, creative captions and animation.

New Glamping Site Expands Near York

New Glamping Site Expands Near York

A luxury glamping site that opened less than a year ago is expanding thanks to the success of the business.

Wigwam® Holidays Ball Hall Farm, owned by the Medley family, is just outside the village of Storwood near York and is about seven miles from Pocklington, North Yorkshire.

The site, which currently has six Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins in place, is set to take delivery of three more deluxe cabins and three brand new Accessible Running Water Deluxe Cabins, which are suitable for wheelchair users and their carers. The additional cabins make a total of twelve units at the working farm site.

Emma Medley said: “We opened in June 2018 and had a busy first season, thanks to the glorious summer last year and to the quality of the en-suite Wigwam® Cabins

New tours available for Deaf visitors at Wheal Martyn Clay Works 

New tours available for Deaf visitors at Wheal Martyn Clay Works 

Wheal Martyn Clay Works in St Austell has launched their first ever British Sign Language (BSL) tour, to help Deaf visitors that use BSL, to gain a deeper understanding of the clay mine’s unique history.

With over 50,000 people in the UK using BSL as their first language, English may be difficult for some to fully understand, so providing written information or using subtitles in films may not be enough. By producing a BSL guided tour, Wheal Martyn will help their Deaf visitors, to gain a better appreciation of the history of the site and become much more involved in their visit.

Increasing awareness to increase blood donor numbers

Increasing awareness to increase blood donor numbers

As the NHS Blood and Transplant service in England look to increase donor numbers by nearly 5,000 in February, a cord blood collection and storage company have released a guide to blood donations and collections to help raise awareness and encourage more people to donate.

Cord blood collection and storage company, www.smartcells.com choose to support several relevant awareness events throughout the year, using their expertise and influence to highlight the key messages of each campaign and encourage support from others where they can. This year they have created and released a Guide to Blood Donations and Collections to help build awareness.

Disabled Access Day Event Inspires New Riders at Happy Hooves Equestrian Centre

Disabled Access Day Event Inspires New Riders at Happy Hooves Equestrian Centre

Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of visitors to a special event held to mark Disabled Access Day, at Happy Hooves Riding Centre in Penrith, Cumbria.

As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, the event was an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of horse riding for people with physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems.

Disabled Access Day is all about creating new opportunities for disabled people to try something new and highlight the fantastic facilities that already exist, as well as the welcoming environment that venues offer.

6 ways to make sure customers spend the purple pound

Purple pound - a clothes shop with a lift

The purple pound - the collective spending power of those with disabilities – is worth a hefty £249 billion to the UK economy. But campaigners say that it is not being fully realised by businesses and organisations across the country. 

As well as improving a company’s financial outlook, there are clear moral and legal obligations of improving accessibility – which can be straightforward and, quite often, totally free too.    

Cibes Lift UK has worked with a range of retail outlets across the country to install equipment to enable step free access to their premises.  

Caring For All With Triton's Omnicare

Triton's Omnicare

As Britain’s population continues to grow, homes are increasingly being designed with inclusivity at the forefront. Triton Showers’ new Omnicare range is the ideal solution for those in need of a shower which can be used comfortably and easily by all.

With safety at its core, the BEAB care approved Omnicare gives total peace of mind to every user, parent or carer, while remaining stylish and attractive thanks to a variety of finishes.

32nd Inter Spinal Unit Games attracts newly paralysed sports participants from across the country

Snooker player from 2018 Inter Spinal Unit Games

Next month Stoke Mandeville Stadium is hosting the nationally renowned Inter Spinal Unit Games from 8-12 April 2019, organised by the national Charity for wheelchair sport, WheelPower to transform the lives of disabled people through sport. The highest number of spinal units and participants ever recorded are set to attend this year.

Millions of EU voters with disabilities will not be able to cast their ballots in EP elections

EU voters with disabilities

With many legal and technical barriers still in place across the EU, not a single Member State has ensured that elections are accessible to all, an EESC report finds

On 20 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) issued an information report presenting the full state of play when it comes to the right of persons with disabilities to vote in the European Parliament elections.

The report entitled "Real rights of persons with disabilities to vote in EP elections" shows that despite many binding legal documents protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU, millions of them will not be able or allowed to cast their votes this spring, or may at least have difficulties to do so.

The Brain Race kicks off global contest to defeat brain tumours

The Brain Race Kicks Off Global Contest To Defeat Brain Tumours

Bethesda, MD - The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI), a global nonprofit that accelerates research commercialization, today launched THE BRAIN RACE, an open innovation contest to advance high-impact inventions and solutions to defeat brain tumors. With support from The Brain Tumour Charity and Resonance Philanthropies, THE BRAIN RACE will launch 15+ startups to commercialize promising drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health solutions to improve outcomes and survivorship for people with brain tumors. THE BRAIN RACE will also crowdsource ideas with the potential to improve quality of life for brain tumor survivors.