Making Music Accessible – ALF Drum Studios

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Andy Lawrence Franklin of ALF Drum Studios in Braintree is embarking on an exciting initiative for teaching people with disabilities how to play drums. The idea came from seeing fellow drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard, who lost his left arm in a car crash in ’85 when the band were at their peak. His […]

Gaming for Disabled Children

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Gaming for Disabled Children is a way for differently abled children to experience gaming technology when they have a disability. Ceyda’s story is an example of what can be achieved. Read it here. Video Gaming Ceyda’s having fun playing her favourite video game. “Booyah!” she shouts as another baddie hits the dust. But she’s not […]

Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition

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Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition by Local Hospitals Get ready to assemble at the starting blocks ahead of a race to the finish line for an Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition. This competition is being run at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust. The team will be accepting entries for the Rio 2016 […]

ECDP launches Disability Inclusion Society community projects

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In collaboration with Essex Social Services, Basildon Council and MP Stephen Metcalf, Essex Coalition for Disabled People (ECDP) has launched a new community interest group. The Disability Inclusion Society has been set up to work with small groups of disabled and non-disabled individuals on community projects. Working with trained artists, DIS will allow up to […]

Meet the British Paraorchestra

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The British Paraorchestra, founded by British conductor Charles Hazelwood, is an innovative orchestra for disabled musicians. It provides a platform where they can display their talents, and even turn professional. You may remember them from their performance at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony, where they accompanied Coldplay. There is often very little opportunity for people with […]

If music be the food of love… tuck in!

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“If music be the food of love, play on” is surely one of the bard’s most famous lines after “To be, or not to be” (and infinitely more optimistic). And like love, music can evoke a wide range of emotions – a three minute composition has the potential to change your mood, your mind, even […]