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Blue Badge scheme extended to include hidden disabilities

Posted by admin on 11th September 2018

People living with disabilities such as a mental health condition and autism, will be eligible next year for a Blue Badge parking permit. From 2019, people with ‘hidden disabilities’, less obvious illness and disabilities, will have the right to a parking permit, allowing them to park in places not available…

Get active! The importance of sport for wheelchair users

Posted by admin on 09th May 2018

With 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK, there’s increasing demand for improved opportunities for disabled-friendly sport. Getting active offers important health benefits for wheelchair users and can significantly improve their everyday life.  Regular physical activity is good for physical and mental wellbeing and can be a great way to meet new people.…

Courageous Climber Recognised for Mountain Wheelchair Ascent

Posted by admin on 19th February 2018

Not even a mountain the size of The Empire State Building stops some wheelchair users from reaching their goals. Hong Kong-based climbing pro Lai Chi-wai has hit the headlines over a year after conquering the summit of Lion Rock, a mountain that overlooks his home city, having hauled himself almost…

Campaigners Push for Disabled Access Rating System

Posted by admin on 24th January 2018

A petition to create a system which rates business premises on their accessibility, has attracted thousands of signatures. Campaigners representing the Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People, reignited the accessibility debate, arguing that the government should do more to help those who with disabilities live normal lives. While the initiative is…

Kyle’s story…

Posted by admin on 18th January 2018

Thanks to the Gowrings team, Kyle can now travel to infinity and beyond! Kyle is 9 years old and battles with a rare condition called Trisomy13. He requires 24 hour care which his family provide along with the constant support of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and every character in the Toy Story…

More people with disabilities now in postgrad study – but is enough done to support them?

Posted by admin on 16th November 2017

The number of people entering postgraduate study with disabilities has doubled in the last decade, according to the Higher Education and Funding Council for England (HEFCE). But while positive news, in reality, do people with disabilities in postgrad study receive the support they need?  Universities now more accommodating Disability Rights…

Inspirational wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft wins Disabled Sportswomen Award

Posted by admin on 03rd November 2017

World champion and Paralympian Hannah Cockroft, has just scooped the title of Great Britain’s 2017 Disability Sportswoman of the Year. The award is one of seven awards presented at the glittering annual Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards. Now in their 30th year, the awards look to celebrate the outstanding achievements…

Considering a Winter City Break? – Top 5 Wheelchair Accessible Cities

Posted by admin on 10th October 2017

UK’s top 5 wheelchair accessible cities When you have a disability, visiting a new place can feel like an epic planning project. In fact, being able to go anywhere can all come down to the very smallest detail that many other people take for granted. But while the UK has…

Accommodating Disabled Air Travellers – How the Airports Rate

Posted by admin on 16th August 2017

Regulator finds Heathrow poor for disabled travellers Just as many holidaymakers look forward to flying out for their summer break, Heathrow Airport has received a ‘poor’ rating for accommodating disabled travellers. A report by the industry’s regulator found that Heathrow airport failed to treat some passengers with “dignity and respect”. In…

Disabled Shoppers Feel Forced to Shop Online Rather than Battle the High Street

Posted by admin on 27th February 2017

People with disabilities say that poor access in UK town centres forces them to do their shopping online. They also experience difficulties using the most basic facilities such as toilets and changing rooms, according a new report. Many said that they struggle to access shops, cafes and restaurants. Some even said they felt invisible to staff who,…