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Student Volunteers Gain Valuable Experience Through Accessibility Mark

Student Volunteers Gain Valuable Experience Through Accessibility Mark

In 2018 Sparsholt College in Hampshire became the 50thcentre to gain Accessibility Mark accreditation, with the aim of expanding its services to disabled riders.

Horse riding has many well-documented therapeutic benefits for disabled people but, as a recent study by RDA found out, it can also have a huge impact on the volunteers that support participants.

Full-time students undertaking one of the range of equine courses on offer at the college are actively encouraged to volunteer with the Accessibility Mark sessions that take place every week, to help build their portfolio and improve their employment skills.

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.”

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the convention was met with thunderous applause in the disabled community, and was seen as the beginning of the end of outdated notions towards disability.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.

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.

Why is blood donation important?

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.

Independent Assessors of Care Quality

Independent Assessors of Care Quality

RDB Star Rating, an independently accredited ‘quality’ assessment company, is pleased to announce that the participating Lancashire care homes have once again achieved fantastic results for 2019. In the latest round of independent assessments they have all been awarded either 4 or 5 stars, which denotes good or excellent standards of care.

Susan Barr, registered manager at Bushell House, who participated in the scheme, said: “We really can’t thank RDB enough! This process assists us to constantly improve our service and is great for staff morale. We appreciate the independent view of the assessor and the affirmation of what we are doing well and pointers to help us in areas where we can improve.”

Making exercise more inclusive

Making exercise more inclusive with Tony

Nottingham City Council has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing the number of people with disabilities taking part in sport and leisure exercise and activities.

The council aims for Nottingham to become the fastest growing city for disability sports participation, and the new It’s for me campaign will raise awareness of leisure activities available to people with a disability or long-standing health conditions.

Mental health charity woodfuel centre receives five-figure support to develop vocational training programme

Training programme

A North East-based not-for-profit has received a £10,000 grant from the Reece Foundation to help towards further development of a vocational training programme.

Blyth Star Enterprises, which provides living support, rehabilitation and day services for people living with mental health issues and or learning disabilities, has received the funding to put towards the expansion of its popular training programme at its Woodfuel Centre in South East Northumberland.

Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement 

Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement 

“The government can no longer provide short-term solutions to long-term problems”: Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement             

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has expressed concern over the lack of funding proposals for social care in the Spring Statement.

Poor sleep linked to obesity & depression

Poor Sleep Affecting Obesity & Depression

People with medical conditions such as obesity and depression are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, according to The Sleep Council's Great British Bedtime Report*.

Of all the 5,000 people surveyed, 29% said they slept poorly most nights. But that figure shoots up to 45% for people who are obese and 53% for people with depression.

The conditions also have an impact on how much sleep an individual gets. On average, 41% of people survive on less than six hours a night, but for depression that jumps to 56%, and obesity 51%.

Graham rises to the challenge

Graham who rose to the challenge

Graham who rose to the challenge is a Manchester man with learning difficulties who says he longs to exchange letters with his children has vowed to achieve that goal by learning to read and write. 

And with support from his care workers and the staff at Abraham Moss Community School, Graham Oddie is making great progress on the one-year course he started last September. 

The 64-year-old who lives at Homeleigh, a supported living service in the Manchester suburb of Crumpsall run by the Regard Group, said that although the course is challenging and seems to get harder as he progresses, he is “...up to the challenge no matter how long it takes.” 

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses for visually impaired shortlisted for National Technology Awards

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses for visually impaired

OXSIGHT’s range of cutting-edge smart glasses which enhance the remaining vision of blind and visually impaired people have been shortlisted for the Technology for Good award at the National Technology Awards. The National Technology Awards celebrate the pioneers of new technology and excellence in the UK’s technology industry. The Technology for Good award is a new award for 2019, and celebrates organisations which are using technology to improve people’s lives.  

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses help people with peripheral vision loss, also known as ‘tunnel vision’, by using augmented reality and image interpretation technology to enhance their remaining vision. Peripheral vision loss can be caused by a number of sight conditions, including glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Learning disability charity reflects on outstanding women

Learning disability charity reflects on outstanding women

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities is reflecting on the achievements of the women who run, support and use its services.

International Women’s Day takes part annually on 8 March and celebrates the achievements and progress of women like Abby, Judy and Sally all over the world. This year’s theme calls for a more gender-balanced world. 

Poor nutrition hampers traumatic brain injury recovery

Poor nutrition hampers traumatic brain injury recovery

Poor nutrition can hamper Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) recovery, yet its role is still viewed as insignificant compared to physical rehabilitation techniques. According to Chroma, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, nutrition needs to be considered an integral part of the rehabilitation process.

Fatigue, gut health, weight management and tissue viability can all be adversely affected by inadequate nutrition, and as a result Chroma has started to work with Specialist Nutrition Rehabilitation dietitian, Sheri Taylor to ensure nutrition is fundamental in the recovery treatment plan.

Sporting superstars deliver the ultimate Pep Talk to athletes ahead of the Special Olympics

Special Olympics racer

Some of the most iconic managers, coaches and athletes in the world – including Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate – have come together to deliver the ultimate team talk ahead of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. The cast of sporting superstars shine a light on intellectual disability and highlight even those we now deem to be invincible have had to overcome their own challenges.

Path to Success Raise over £10,000 for London Titans WCB

Path to Success Raise over £10,000 for London Titans WCB

London Titans Wheelchair Basketball Club have been presented with a five figure cheque by a leading disability charity to fund their forthcoming European exploits.

Ahead of their most recent match against the Owls, the capital’s premier Wheelchair Basketball team received over £10,500 in a charitable donation from Path to Success, the leading UK disability charity.

The funds were raised at Path to Success’s charity Wheelchair Basketball tournament at the Copper Box Arena in September. Businesses made a donation to enter teams into the tournament, before competing for the title of Corporate Wheelchair Basketball Champion 2018. 

Disabled young people are invited to apply now for an annual IT competition

Disabled young people are invited to apply now for an annual IT competition

Could you be the next Tim Berners-Lee or Steve Jobs? Disabled young people are invited to apply now for an annual IT competition designed to test ability, creativity and skill.

The UK IT Challenge is an annual competition for disabled young people hosted by Shaw Trust, a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, and supported by BT.

Taking place from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 July at BT’s Adastral Park, Ipswich, 50 disabled young people aged between 13-24 years old from across the UK will come together to compete on a number of different IT challenges designed to test ability, creativity and skill.