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Mapping for Change Launches ‘Ramp It Up!’

‘Ramp It Up!’

Local businesses are invited to compete for the chance to win one of 10 wheelchair ramps to improve access to their premises. Who wins will be decided by the public.

The London-based social enterprise Mapping for Change is inviting communities from around the UK to help their towns and cities become more wheelchair friendly. They are calling on you to ‘Ramp it Up!’ and have launched an exciting competition to encourage your local business owners to get on board.

Caroline finds her feet

Caroline

A woman who lives in a Hove residential service is keen to move from her wheelchair into her dancing shoes after an amazing six-month turnaround.

When Caroline moved into Cloverdale House in March she was wheelchair-bound and unable to stand at all, but after an amazing team effort from the support staff at Cloverdale, the involvement of some dedicated therapists, and a good deal of determination on Caroline’s part, she is now back on her feet and going from strength to strength.

Service Manager, Trevor Wilcox, said: “When Caroline moved in she was very reserved and anxious, and the history from her previous home was unclear as to why exactly Caroline was unable to walk. 

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Ross Hovey’s mobile phone is his lifeline and in connecting LightwaveRF’s smart home solutions he has transformed his home and way of life.

A Liverpool football fan and banking professional, he has a rare neuromuscular disorder, spinal muscular atrophy - a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement.  For 37 years old Ross, this means loss of strength in his arms and legs.

With support from his parents nearby, his specially designed wheelchair, team of dedicated carers and LightwaveRF smart home solutions, Ross lives independently in his home in Cambridge.

Ottobock Ambassador and wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn has been selected to represent GB in Rio

Ottobock Ambassador and wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn has been selected to represent GB in Rio

Commenting on the announcement of Ottobock ambassador Samantha (Sammi) Kinghorn being selected to be part of the track and field British Paralympic Wheelchair Racing team heading to Rio, Phil Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock, said:

“We are ecstatic that Sammi has been selected to represent GB in her discipline of Wheelchair Racing. She has again and again amazed us with her talent and tenacity. She is a true inspiration to other and we are privileged to have her as an ambassador.”

Clothes for sitting posture to change fashion for wheelchair users

Wheelchair users fed up with clothes designed for able-bodied people could soon benefit from a knitwear range which centres on a sitting posture.

Nottingham Trent University Masters student Sophie Neff created her own brand, Inclusive Knits, to address what she sees as gap in the market, particularly for men.

The 25-year-old – who’s studying MA Fashion Knitwear Design at the university’s School of Art & Design – created a range which is more practical and comfortable for people who have to sit for the majority of the day, but which are just as wearable when standing.

Only 2 months until the North’s largest independent living event….

DNEX, the North’s largest independent living event will take place on September 21st and 22nd 2016 at Newcastle Racecourse, opening at 10 A.M. daily. DNEX will be opened by acclaimed Metro Radio DJ and ‘Night Owls’ host Alan Robson.

With over 100 exhibitors showcasing services and products ranging from sensory toys to wheelchair covers, from aids for healthcare professionals to moving & handling equipment, from accessible holidays to digital aids and from driveway adaptations to convenience foods, DNEX is a must-attend event for disabled people, older adults, healthcare professionals, carers and anyone with an interest in disability.

Lagooni shower-toilet wheelchairs: customisation, flexibility and lots of freedom of movement

Lagooni shower-toilet wheelchairs:

 

Lagooni BV was established by Paul Kampshoff. An industrial designer with South African roots, Paul had been working as an industrial designer for his own company Vision XP for several years before he started Lagooni. At Vision XP he also developed products for functionally impaired people. He relies on his own experiences for his designs.


BT Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team wins silver at Para Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Japan

Tokyo international tournament success gets British team in top form for RIO, says GBWR coach.

The BT GBWR wheelchair rugby team played in the Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Tokyo last week, beating the world’s top teams to reach the finals.

The four teams taking part were

USA (world ranking2), Australia (world ranking 3), Japan (world ranking 4) and GB (world ranking 5).

Each team played each other twice, with the two top teams playing in the final, and the bottom two teams playing for the bronze medal.

GBWR Head Coach, Paul Shaw, said:

The Moat House Annan - £500 Draw Luxury Disabled Friendly Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation

The Moat House Annan - Luxury Disabled Friendly Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation

 

The Moat House Annan is now open for guests after it's redevelopment by local family with expertise in the field of disability.

They believe it to be the first of it's kind in the UK, being a tastefully appointed fully adapted historic house on the moat bank of an ancient Mott & Bailey castle. To celebrate it's opening The Moat House are offering a chance to win a £500 voucher off the cost of a weeks stay to anyone who registers on their website.

First Mobility Scooters: The Useful Information

People buying their first mobility scooters will find a wealth of information to sift through. All of this information could potentially be useful when you’re narrowing down your choice, whittling your options down to just one mobility scooter that you’d eventually like to buy. At the start, though, it could all be too overwhelming. Instead, this useful information should make up the core of all of your research:

What’s the law regarding mobility scooters on the road?

You don’t need a license to ride your mobility scooter.

There are two types of scooter that you might choose to purchase.