Cineworld and Odeon launch more autism friendly film screenings

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Dimensions, which supports people who experience autism and people with learning disabilities, has partnered with Cineworld to extend its Autism Friendly Film initiative. The screenings will now take place in more than 100 cinemas across the UK every two weeks as Dimensions joins forces with both Cineworld and its original partner, ODEON. Dimensions and ODEON […]

Join a Disability Essex social club in your area

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Throughout the leafy, wind blown counties of Essex and unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend, Disability Essex are busy building a valuable network of informal social clubs supporting people with disabilities, their families, friends and carers within their own locality. The charity, formed in 1949 and known previously as the Essex Disabled Peoples Association Ltd, […]

Essex Council gives advice on flood warnings

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Essex County Council is advising residents to travel with extra caution as heavy rainfall is causing a number of problems on the county’s roads. If you are concerned you can keep up to date through the Essex Highways website or navigating through the Essex County Council website Residents can also check for the latest traffic […]

Talking Cash Machine Campaign: Money can talk for some!

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DG Writer Kerry Barr talks talking cash machines… According to The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) the money you obtain from your local ATM is well and truly founded for use only by fully sighted people, or those explicitly with a knowledge of Braille, simply because of the 2005 EU directive. So why […]

Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council invest £13 million to create national stem cell resource

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The Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council have announced a £12.75 million initiative to create a catalogue of high-quality adult stem cells known as “induced pluripotent stem cells” (iPS cells). The initiative will provide a knowledge base to support the use of such cells in studying the effects of our genes on health and disease. […]

Rethink Mental Illness commends MPs for speaking out

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National charity, Rethink Mental Illness has given an award to four MPs for speaking openly about their own mental health problems in Parliament and challenging negative attitudes towards mental illness. The charity awarded Labour MP Kevan Jones and Conservative MPs Andrea Leadsom, Charles Walker and Dr Sarah Wollaston with its new, Outstanding Achievement Award at […]

£5 million for veterans in need of new prosthetics

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As the country paid tribute to its troops on Remembrance Sunday, Health Minister Dan Poulter called for veterans to come forward and get services to help improve their physical and mental health. The Department of Health has £5 million available to spend on new prosthetics centres for veterans in 2013. The money is part of […]

Novel by Thomas Wright wins the 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize

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The Wellcome Trust has announced the winner of its notable Book Prize award. The successful author, Thomas Wright, was award the amount of £25,000 for his book, Circulation, an outstanding biographical novel about English physician, William Harvey. The Wellcome Trust Book Prize was created to celebrate literature which embraces the twin themes of medicine and […]

E-Learning award for disability charity, Whizz-Kidz

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The Kidz Unlimited website has earned Whizz-Kidz an award at the prestigious 2012 E-Learning Awards. The charity for physically disabled young people, was recognised with a bronze award at the event at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, London. It was awarded for “excellence in the production of learning content” in the charitable sector. […]