Increase In Number of Disabled MPs

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Two new disabled MPs have been elected to Parliament following last Thursday’s election, bringing the total to five. The new MPs, both Labour, are Marsha De Cordova, who is registered blind, and Jared O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy. They join three other disabled MPs who kept their seats: Robert Halfon and Paul Maynard, who also […]

Disabled Flyers Still Short-changed By Airlines

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So – how easy is it for disabled flyers to – well, fly? It is an era when both carriers and airport authorities are disability aware, and there are international laws and regulations in force which govern air travel by disabled people. Yet evidence exists that disabled people still suffer disproportionate problems. Jenny Gumbrell, who […]

Specially Adapted Wheelchairs Help Disabled Players

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Two bowls clubs in Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear, have been given specially adapted wheelchairs so that disabled people can take part in the game. The 12 wheelchairs were given to Houghton Town Bowling Club and Houghton Indoor Bowls through the efforts of George Duffell, who is an ex-bowler himself. George, 86, saw people […]

Brexit: What Will It Mean For Disabled People?

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With the United Kingdom Government giving formal notification this week that the UK is leaving the EU, there are concerns about the rights of the estimated 3.3 million Europeans who are living in the UK and the 1.2 million Britons who are living in EU countries. Of particular concern is how Brexit will effect disabled […]

Andrew, 5, Gets Iron Man Hand

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A disabled boy who is a huge fan of Marvel comics has been given a new superhero hand like Iron Man’s, thanks to a prosthetic made by staff and students at a local academy. The hand, made on a 3D printer, means that Andrew Traynor, 5, can manage everyday tasks, grip his comics properly to […]

Dementia: Cities, Communities and Businesses That Care

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We are all living longer, and dementia touches all of our lives. By 2030, the World Health Organisation predicts that 75.6 million people globally will have the disease. The good news, however, is that cities, communities and businesses worldwide are taking steps to address the problem. Becoming “dementia-friendly” is on the rise, and growing. Becoming […]