Aergo - Designed to Empower


Aergo is a smarter postural support system for wheelchair users, empowering people to be more independent in their daily lives. The system has a network of air cells that detects pressure changes and adjusts automatically to provide continuous support as the user moves. It is the first device of its kind to give users more control over their own posture with a remote-control and expandable frame that can be tailored to fit a range of body shapes.

Aergo is the brainchild of CEO, Sheana Yu, a London-based design engineer. Having suffered with scoliosis throughout her life, Sheana is on a mission to create inclusive products that empower people with postural needs to be more independent.

Scotland’s First Dementia Friendly Park Opens

Scotland’s First Dementia Friendly Park Opens

Scotland’s first ever Dementia Friendly park is being launched today (5th) in one of Stirling’s best used recreational areas by walking charity, Paths for All.

In a bid to make Stirling’s Kings Park more accessible to everyone, the city space has been transformed to allow those living with dementia to be able to enjoy, and feel safe in, outdoor spaces.

Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt, will be there to officially open the park.

A celebration event between 1pm - 3pm was held at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Dumbarton Road, to discuss the changes made to the park. 

A tour of the park provided opportunities to learn how better design of outdoor spaces can help improve the quality of life for anyone living with dementia. 

App Launch Aims to Improve Washroom Standards

Cleen App

An innovative new app has been launched which aims to raise washroom standards in businesses and public places across the UK. The Cleen App is free to download and enables customers and visitors to rate the washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.

With the Cleen App, users can either compliment accessible and clean washrooms or post complaints and issues they have faced such as dirty basins, no soap or toilet paper, access problems for people with disabilities and lack of baby changing facilities.

The reviews are fun and easy to post by clicking different icons and users can even upload photographs to support their review.

WDBS Coaching Zone to be Sponsored by Go Green Energy


World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced an innovative new sponsorship deal with independent renewable energy company Go Green Energy for the 2018/19 season.

Beginning with the WDBS Welsh Open in June, each Friday open day staged by WDBS will now incorporate a new ‘Coaching Zone’ at which people with disabilities can receive advice and guidance from a WPBSA World Snooker coach. To be sponsored by Go Green Energy, the designated area will be open not only to regular WDBS players, but also newcomers and local community groups to participate in snooker.

Revolutionary Glove Shortlisted for Award

RAPAEL Smart Glove

The RAPAEL Smart Glove is revolutionising patient rehabilitation thanks to its interactive gaming element, which encourages and motivates its users to keep repeating measured movements.

With its range of games that, using algorithms, adapt to the progression of its users, the RAPAEL Smart Glove brings feeling and movement back to inactive parts of the hand, wrist and forearm.

Not only does the outstanding piece of equipment increase the difficulty of the movements and games with the patient’s progression, it also tracks and records their development.

Chelsea Foundation’s Disability Showcase

Chelsea Foundation

The Chelsea Foundation’s inaugural Disability Showcase proved a huge success with more than 850 young people and adults with varying disabilities visiting Cobham and Stamford Bridge for a weekend of football fun.

The two-day event, which was the largest football disability showcase event in the UK, began at our Cobham Training Ground on Saturday before switching to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

In total, more than 850 participants were involved over the weekend, incorporating eight disability football tournaments with 80 teams from 30 different clubs taking part.

Lincolnshire care home rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by The Oaks in Bardney, Lincoln, to be Outstanding following an inspection in September.  

The Oaks is registered to provide accommodation and personal care for up to six people who may have learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorder.

Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and people were being provided with safe, responsive, caring, effective and well-led care. A full inspection report has been published on the CQC website: 

Christchurch Group delivers specialised training as part of Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Awareness Month

Staff at Orchard House, an Oxfordshire based neurological rehabilitation centre, have undergone stroke sensory training as part of National Stroke Awareness Month.

After a stroke, a sensory impairment can occur, affecting the way your brain interprets your senses, causing numbness or the inability to feel heat or cold.

Although these symptoms range across the board, they can all be addressed by sensory re-education exercises, which simply reteach your brain how to interpret your senses.

‘Make May Purple’ is the Stroke Association’s annual awareness month, which takes place each May and invites friends, families and communities to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke.

Derby Success for Neale and Ahmed

Derby Success for Neale and Ahmed

The Paul Hunter Disability Classic successfully returned to the Cueball Derby last weekend as World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) staged its latest event for players with learning and sensory disabilities.

The final event of the 2017/18 season, the weekend saw a significant increase in entries from the inaugural competition at the same venue a year previously as two past champions claimed their latest WDBS titles.

The Group 7 tournament for players with visual disabilities saw Birmingham’s Nick Neale claim his second WDBS gold medal following a dominant display in Derby.

Innovative new glasses could revolutionise visually impaired athletes training

Innovative new glasses could revolutionise visually impaired athletes training

INNOVATIVE new glasses which could revolutionise the way in which visually impaired athletes train and compete are one of the many exciting entries for an innovative design competition.

The as yet unnamed concept is the brainchild of Andrew Taylor, a 24-year-old graduate from the University of Bath who had his eureka moment while in the final year of his design project.

His design works in a similar way to parking sensors in that it tracks an athlete’s position in their lane and running direction which is then translated into an audio signal.

The audio gets louder dependent on where the runner is on the track, allowing them to maintain a steady line around the circuit.

Autism With Attitude win second place at UDO European Street Dance Championships

 Autism With Attitude

Autism With Attitude street dance group from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge have changed perceptions of young people with autism by competing in the European United Dance Organisations (UDO) Championships in Germany last weekend – and winning second place in the final! Part of Outcomes First Group, Hillingdon Manor provides specialist education and support to pupils aged three to nineteen years old with autism.

The street dance troupe faced top level competition in their category from 15 other teams from across Europe – including the current Dutch and French champions, who finished in first and third place respectively. No other group had special needs.

Koller Makes the VW Transporter Safe for Wheelchair Users


The dynamic EXCEL Aries combined wheelchair and passenger restraint has been specifically designed by Koller to fit VW T5 and T6 Caravelle rails allowing the vehicles to become wheelchair friendly by simply removing or repositioning rear passenger seats.

“We decided to make a restraint especially for the VW Caravelle as it is a popular choice for the conversion to wheelchair use. It is very versatile with a wide choice of adaptation options and configurations. This means it can meet most user’s requirements and so is perfect for day to day transport requirements. EXCEL Aries allows users to easily fit restraint systems without having to change any existing fittings,” said Andy Nurrish, Koller sales manager.

College's FestABLE is dedicated to specialist learning

Sally Phillips FestABLE

Youtubers, assistive technology experts and professionals working with young people who have special educational needs and disabilities will gather for the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning. Young people have helped plan FestABLE’s diverse programme which includes all sorts from the chance to go in the country’s only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon and play with eye-gaze controlled computer games, to sessions on speech and occupational therapy, Education, Health and Care plans, early autism intervention, SEND reform and removing the barriers to achievement.

TCL Group duo aim to conquer the Alps in memory of colleague

TCL group

Iron-thighed TCL Group cyclists are aiming to conquer the Alps in memory of a colleague who died 18 months ago.

Burleys MD Tony Cammiss and TCL regional director Jon Collins are swapping the relative flatness of the Leicestershire countryside for the Alpine majesty of south eastern France when they cycle a section of the Tour de France along with 15,000 other two wheel loving fanatics.

The pair will be joined by a few friends to raise money for CRY - Cardiac Arrest in the Young -  the TCL Group's nominated charity chosen after the sudden death of young fencing operative and popular colleague Chris Williamson.

wheelAIR are calling all wheelchair sports teams!

wheelAIR backed by Paralympians including Scottish archer Nathan MacQueen

wheelAir are looking for wheelchair sports teams to take part in a short demonstration of their cooling wheelchair backrest cushions.

The cushions are for manual wheelchairs and the talks will include a 15-minute taster session, plus the opportunity to buy in bulk and receive a team deal. 

wheelAIR was devised by Corien Staels of Staels Design in Scotland, and has become a hit after being backed by Paralympians – including Scottish archer Nathan MacQueen – and featuring on Dragons’ Den. 

Surrey Teacher and Anxiety Coach Announced as 2018 ‘Inspirational Achiever of the Year

Samantha Hearne from Egham, Surrey is celebrating after been announced as ‘Inspirational Achiever of the Year’ as part of their SuperAchievers awards, after hundreds of nominations from across the globe were submitted, to the business superbrand.   

Samantha is a secondary school teacher by trade and has been teaching for seven years, as well as being a Head of Year for four years. Around a year ago, Samantha also launched an anxiety coaching business, ‘A Happy Mind’. 

Prestigious award for pioneering project


An ambitious project, led by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), has scooped a prestigious award after helping to tackle loneliness in local communities.

Since its launch last year, dozens of people have taken part in a wide range of activities organised as part of BeConnected, a pioneering scheme that's now been recognised by a national organisation representing housing association customers.

At a recent awards ceremony in Birmingham, SARH was presented with the Community Focused Service/Product of the Year for the Central Region by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (Tpas).

Deaf people encouraged to speak up for their ‘right to hear’

Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf people are being encouraged to speak up for their ‘right to hear’, this Deaf Awareness Week, and make sure venues and services they use are accessible.

The advice laid out in a guide to mark Deaf Awareness Week 14 – 21 May emphasizes the rights hearing-impaired people have to access information and services under the law and what hearing support they should expect in public spaces under building regulations.  

The guide, produced by assistive hearing technology specialists Contacta, also provides practical advice to help people with hearing loss speak out if venues such as banks, shops, public buildings, universities and theatres don’t have a hearing loop, or the loop doesn’t work. 

YHA boosts 8-year-old’s bucket list of wishes

Family Breaks programme

A Yorkshire mum has thanked, Family Breaks programme, a leading youth charity for helping make one of her son’s dreams come true as his sight deteriorates.

Fred Howe, aged 8 from Haxby, suffers from a progressive eye condition which may eventually cost him his sight. Before that day, Fred’s mum Karen is helping him fulfil his bucket list of experiences which he has named Fantastic Mr Fred’s Flight For Sights, in honour of his favourite book Fantastic Mr Fox.

Thanks to YHA (England and Wales), the youngster and his family, which includes mum Karen, sister Eva (10) and dad Dave, got to experience the London Marathon. 

YHA’s Communities Team arranged for the family to have grandstand seats in St James Park, the finish line of the race.