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South-East England ‘has the most blue badge residents’

The most blue badge residents in England can be found in the South East of the country, according to data acquired via a freedom of information request by Volkswagen Motability scheme provider, Inchcape Volkswagen.

According to the request sent out to various councils on August 15th 2016, an estimated 364,116 blue badges were found to be in operation throughout South-East England.

Of the councils which provided data, the next highest number of active blue badges can be found in the North West (362,294), with the South West having the third most blue badge residents (279,251). 

Gorvins - Guide to Using a Trust in Your Will

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As parents, it’s never fun to think about what would happen if you weren’t around, but if you have a successful business, have money in property or are simply thinking about protecting and controlling your family’s assets, you may be considering using a trust to protect your child.

So, what exactly is a trust?

A trust is an arrangement in which ownership of someone’s assets is transferred to trustees, for the benefit of the trust’s beneficiaries. Trusts are often written into Wills and only take effect on death, although it is also possible to set up lifetime trusts.  

But, does using a trust mean my child can’t access funds?  

Considered Construction Boosts Business

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An experienced architect, city planner or builder will already be aware of the Equality Act(2010) and its predecessor the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) in regard to ensuring disabled access to public buildings, offices or new-build homes.

Being sympathetic to a wide range of disabilities and individual needs can be challenging for any business, but it’s imperative that companies think more inclusively when they’re developing their premises.

How accessible is the Internet for people with disabilities?

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Many news websites feature a ‘carousel’ of top stories front and centre on their homepages, namely links to pages which remain on screen for a few seconds before moving to the next link and rotating periodically. This is a snazzy feature which makes the site look visually impressive, but it’s a feature that is wasted on people with visual impairments who depend on screen readers to deliver the content to them, as such technology is not compatible with carousels.

Try something new at Moors Valley on Disabled Access Day

 Moors Valley

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 try - and you do not need to be registered disabled to do it! Some local charities will also be on hand with information to share. 

Llyr celebrates new CO-OP post

Llyr Joyner,

A man with learning disabilities from Gwynedd in Mid Wales is celebrating landing his ‘dream job’ at a local supermarket.

Llyr Joyner, who has Asperger’s, was taken on as a volunteer by the Co-Op in Tywyn on January 9, and now works three shifts a week.

The 32-year-old lives at Cerrig Cornel care service in Llanegryn which provides support for people with learning disabilities, including autism, mental health, alcohol and substance misuse issues and acquired brain injuries.

Cerrig Cornel service manager Simon Moore said Llyr was as ‘pleased as punch’ about his new job at the Old Station Yard store.

“Because of his Asperger’s Llyr doesn’t like change, so the whole process has been quite challenging, but I’m pleased to say he’s taking it all in his stride.

Edinburgh Tenants To Test Ground-Breaking New Wheelchair Design

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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 Freedom One Life® power wheelchair.

Award winning Scottish entrepreneur Alex, from Perth, has Cerebral Palsy and for the past year has been using one of the latest prototypes of his chair, covering over 2,000 kilometres to date.

Wellow Trekking Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

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Wellow Trekking Centre based in Bath, Somerset, 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 Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

Inclusion & Accessibility for Disabled & Ageing Population

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Smartphone’s are increasingly central to our lives. As multiple services go online, getting access to technology is crucial to ensure the disabled or older generations are not excluded. "Digital inclusion" is vital to users who can benefit from so many features that regular Smartphone owners take for granted, for example; shopping online, access to thousands of free Android apps to read novels, keep health notes, or enjoying video chats with relatives.  It is important to increase development in these areas so everyone is included.

Meet the shabby chic ‘whiz kidz’

Service user Sandra Fuller paints a chair at Whiz Kidz

If you think old, unloved wooden chairs and coffee tables are only good for the tip, think again. Thanks to a group who attend Whiz Kidz in Pennycross, Plymouth, they are now being transformed into the latest, must-have ‘shabby chic’ furniture.

The items are being upcycled by Kay Morgan, Leon Gough and Sandra Fuller who live at Victoria and Grenville House care service in Victoria Terrace, in St Jude’s.

The trio all have weekly sessions at the activity centre where they restore and paint the pieces or cover them in decoupage. The furniture is then sold to locally or via online sales sites. The group also make bird boxes.

RNIB opens new hydrotherapy pool at Pears Centre

Bradbury hydro centre opening

Leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has officially opened the new Bradbury Hydrotherapy Centre at the Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry.

The new hydrotherapy pool is part of the Pears Centre, which is run by RNIB and offers tailored education, care and therapies to children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs.

Church Farm Equestrian Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Church Farm Equestrian Centre

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 Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

Customers at heart of specialist continence products

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Ontex, is a leading international producer of disposable personal hygiene solutions for all generations. Offering a comprehensive range of urinary continence products, supported by a dedicated team of professionals providing leading levels of customer service.

Recognising the importance of face-to face contact with customers, Ontex has invested in a large team of qualified nurses who offer training and support (on their iD and Lille branded products) to Care Homes and the NHS. Ontex is a key supplier to over 300 NHS organisations and is currently NHS Scotland’s preferred supplier.

Their quality, value-for-money products are also distributed in more than 110 countries through retailer private labels and leading brands including iD Expert and Lille.

CMG’s Avenue Road celebrates an ‘Outstanding’ week

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Staff and service users at Care Management Group (CMG) are celebrating after they received their third ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for their Avenue Road service in South Norwood.

Avenue Road joins their Kings Road service in Hampshire and Ridgeway service in Essex in receiving the rating.

CMG, a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities, can now celebrate having 80 services across the country rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, with the vast majority receiving the ‘good’ rating across all five inspection areas. 

Hft makes key recommendations in response to the Government’s “Improving Lives” Green Paper

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities has submitted its response to the joint Department of Health & Department for Work & Pensions Green Paper Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. The Green Paper sets out the Government’s strategy to meet its manifesto ambition to half the disability employment gap.

Whilst Hft broadly welcomed the recommendations made within the Green Paper, the charity had five key demands arising from the consultation. They were:

A return to local commissioning of employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities, allowing work coaches to build up a detailed knowledge of the needs of both the local business and people seeking supported employment.

Ambitious Charity Unveils Progress of Innovative New Housing

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THE CONSTRUCTION of six pioneering homes set to transform the lives of those with disabilities is well underway in Dundee.

Designed and created by Blackwood, one of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers, the hugely innovative houses will set a new standard of accessibility by combining technology, modern construction and engagement to meet customers’ changing needs.

Since it built its first home in Dundee in 1972, Blackwood has endeavored to be a pioneer in accessible housing. Today, the Blackwood vision is to be able to offer beautiful, accessible and affordable homes.

Being legally blind didn't stop me

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Hi,

My name is gough from Beernuts Productions, a predominately film production company, based in Australia. I say predominately because we also produce audio downloads and books. 

So why would U Can 2 ask me to write on their blog? Well I am legally blind. I had a hemorrhagic stroke when I was an infant which caused me to loose most of my eye sight. So I guess my career choice is somewhat surprising.

Wrea Green Equitation Centre Supports Disabled Access Day

Instructor Sarah Hodgetts with Solo

Local equitation centre, Wrea Green is holding a special event to mark 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 10th-12th March 2017, Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people to visit somewhere new. It could simply be a trip to a local coffee shop or restaurant or to places further afield like famous British tourist attractions.

Measuring success by growing independence

Rebecca receives her certificate from the Mayor of Croydon

For Joseph Osoba and his team at a supported living service in Penge, South East London, while it tugs at the heart-strings to say ‘goodbye’ to the individuals they support when they move out and start living independently, it is also a time for celebration.

“They all have learning disabilities and associated mental health issues, and they come to us for support in learning the skills that will enable them to live on their own, so when they’re ready to move on, it means we’ve done our job,’ Joseph said, “but it’s always hard to see them go.”

The latest success story from Joseph’s service, Crystal House, is 24-year-old Harrison, who lived with them for just over a year.

Models with disabilities needed for photoshoots

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A modeling and acting company are looking for children and adults with learning or physical disabilities to take part in a professional photo shoot.

Social care professional, Laura Johnson and performing arts teacher, Zoe Proctor,recently established Zebedee Management as they wanted to see better representation of people with disabilities within fashion, media and the arts. They areholding a series of photoshoots around Sheffield and Lincolnshire.