Dementia: New Study Confirms The Power of Music

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There is emerging and convincing evidence that listening to and playing music can help patients suffering from dementia. Surveys show that even if they no longer speak or respond, dementia sufferers are often able to communicate and engage through music, tapping into forgotten memories and emotions. The most recent study, published in January, was carried […]

Changing Places: Why Disabled People Loos Out

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Toilets have been in the news – and not in a good way. Disability campaigners have been highlighting the horrendous issues faced by severely disabled people who need to visit the loo in places such as supermarkets, restaurants, and shopping centres, and are prevented from doing so because there are no “changing places” toilets. A […]

Did Charles Dickens Suffer From PTSD?

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We think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as being a modern concept, but this most disabling condition is not new. A recently discovered letter reveals that the famous nineteenth century novelist Charles Dickens could well have been a sufferer, following a train crash that took place on the afternoon of 9th June, 1865. The […]

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 […]