Stroke survivor Megan Giglia is on her way to Rio

Stroke survivor Megan Giglia is on her way to Rio

A leading manufacturer and supplier of prosthetic limbs, Ottobock, is proud to announce Megan Giglia as its newest ambassador. In January 2013, the then 27-year-old from Stratford-upon-Avon suffered a stroke leaving her with right side paralysis along with various neurological issues and an uncertain future.

Now, just over three years on, Megan is a para-cyclist who has won gold medals, set new world records and she is looking forward to competing in the Rio Paralympics, which take place from 7-18 September.

16 year olds to drive cars at Kit4Kidz2Adultz Exhibition

The Kit4Kidz2Adultz Exhibition in Leeds on 5th October will give people who are 16 years old or over who get or have applied for the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The minimum age in the UK for driving a car is 17 years old, unless you receive the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance, in which case you can start to drive at 16. 

Parents of gold medalist Adam Peaty nearly didn't make it to Rio

Parents of gold medalist Adam Peaty nearly didn't make it to Rio

The parents of Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty nearly didn’t make it to Rio to watch their son compete, but their dreams were fulfilled thanks to a kitchen appliance.

Disabled caretaker Mark Peaty, 56, and nursery manager wife Caroline, 50, live in a three-bed semi-detached house in Uttoxeter, near Derby, with their son Adam, 21. Last month their Whirlpool washing machine required a repair and the couple called appliance care provider Domestic & General to get it fixed.

Typical small talk with the repair engineer turned to their children’s shared love of swimming, with Mark and Caroline sharing their angst over whether or not they’d be able to travel to support their son in the biggest competition of his life. 

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service

Autochair founder praised as mobility product clocks up nearly 20 years of service

A long-serving customer of Derbyshire vehicle adaptation firm Autochair has paid tribute to its founder for helping his wife retain her independence for nearly 20 years.

John Edwards said the expertise of David Walker, who set up the firm more than 30 years ago, had greatly benefitted his wife Hetty’s life after a scooter hoist was first fitted into their car in 1997.

Mrs Edwards has arthritis, which makes it difficult for her to get about and which is why the couple had bought a scooter in the first place, but it was too heavy for them to lift into their then car, a Mitsubishi Shogun, if they wanted to go further afield.

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

5 easy ways to make getting around at home easier

Whether it’s ensuring that you can look after yourself, or caring for a loved one, there are some simple changes that can be made to your home to make getting around hassle-free. 

Improve your bathroom

A raised toilet seat can make all the difference to someone with mobility issues. The same goes for a toilet frame – just making it that little bit easier to visit the toilet unaided. 

There’s plenty of options for the bath or shower too, with a huge range of seats and stools available that can be fixed to the wall, or stand-alone depending on how your bathroom is laid out.

Rearrange your furniture

Hull to Stage WDBS Event

Hull to Stage WDBS Event

World Disability Billiards and Snooker will stage an event in Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time this November.

The WDBS Hull Open will be open to players of classification groups 7-8 and will be played at the Tradewell Snooker Club, located in the East Yorkshire city which has been named as the UK City of Culture for 2017.

The main two-day competition will be held on 12-13 November 2016 and will be the second WDBS event open to players with either visual or hearing impairments, following the Woking Open in May. At that event, Hull’s Lee Douglas finished as runner-up in the group eight tournament and was one of three players from the city to take part.

Austistic Travellers Face Lack Of Support At Uk Airports

The UK’s busiest airports are failing to provide adequate support for autistic travellers according to a new survey.

With school holidays in full swing and millions of families travelling by plane this summer, the survey of the UK’s 30 busiest airports by sensory equipment specialists Experia, found that only one third offer sufficient autism-friendly facilities.

Despite autism affecting an estimated 700,000 people in the UK, none of the airports had a designated quiet or sensory area for autistic travellers, and only seven (23 per cent) provided a specialised guidebook for autistic passengers.

MS Fest - 3rd September, Godstone farm

MS Fest - 3rd September, Godstone farm

No matter how you know Paul Wheeler, as a father, son, brother, partner or friend, he is a truly awesome guy!!

Paul was diagnosed with Relapsing, Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2012 and has been given the opportunity to go to Mexico to have life changing stem cell treatment. To be able to go he needs to raise £45,000!!

To help him do this and potentially change his life please come along and support MS Fest.
MS Fest is a family friendly mini music festival taking place at Godstone Farm in Surrey on the 3rd of September 2016 where 50% of admission tickets will be donated to the MS Society to raise money for vital research and 50% to Paul to help him beat this horrible disease.

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.

Leading disability care provider celebrates 20th anniversary

Leading disability care provider celebrates 20th anniversary

People from across the country who are supported by learning disability care provider Care Management Group (CMG) came together at one of its services in Essex this week to celebrate CMG’s 20th anniversary.

The event marks 20 years of success with CMG growing exponentially from just two residential services in 1996, to becoming one of the UK’s leading disability care providers today. The group now has over 120 homes in England and Wales which provide support to hundreds of individuals and their families.

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer

Mobility Aids to Help You Get Out and About This Summer

Summer 2016 is finally here, which means you’re probably already thinking about where your next day trip will take you. 

Whether it’s a day at the seaside or a stroll through the park, you want the experience to be as hassle-free as possible – not always easy when you or a member of your party suffers from limited mobility.

Before packing your bags, consider our pick of some of the most travel friendly mobility aids on the market.

1. Elite Care EC1863 Compact Wheelchairfenetic1_0_0.jpg

Cerebral Palsy: Facts and Symptoms

Cerebral Palsy: Facts and Symptoms

Cerebral palsy refers to several neurological defects that occur when the parts of the brain responsible for controlling muscles, posture and balance are damaged during the fetal stage, during birth, or after birth. As a result of brain damage it affects body movement and muscle coordination. Since a child affected with cerebral palsy may not develop symptoms until early childhood, the condition may not be diagnosed immediately in some cases. 

Carers UK sets out vision for improving the lives of carers to inform Government’s new Carers Strategy

Carers UK sets out vision for improving the lives of carers to inform Government’s new Carers Strategy

Carers UK has set out its vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers, calling on the Government to be bold as it develops its new strategy to improve the lives of those caring unpaid for older, disabled and ill family members and friends. As the UK approaches the tipping point where the number of older people needing care is predicted to outstrip the number of working age people available to provide it [1], Carers UK has carried out a comprehensive review of how people are supported now, and in the future, to provide care without putting their own lives on hold and jeopardising their health and long-term financial security. 

New lifts transform accessibility at Tower Hill Tube station

New lifts transform accessibility at Tower Hill Tube station

·        Two new lifts now serve the Zone 1 station, providing step-free access between the ticket halls and all three platforms

·        Tower Hill is London’s 68th step-free Tube station

·        More than half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations to become step-free by 2018

London Underground’s (LU’s) Tower Hill station is the latest on the Tube network to become step-free, following the installation of two new lifts between the ticket halls and all three platforms.