Dogs can be trained to assist people with disabilities, helping their owners in their daily lives to become much more than just pets. In many cases they can help them overcome physical and psychological problems as well as providing faithful companionship.
Assistance dogs serve to help people overcome the limitations that may be imposed on them by a particular disability or by the challenges of navigating around their environment. In theory, anyone with a physical or mental condition that substantially hinders their ability to lead a fully independent life can adopt one of these assistance animals.
Leading an active lifestyle is important for everyone. Being active puts you in a good mood, positively affects your health and encourages you to lead healthy habits. Taking part in activities also enables you to be social and make new friends with similar interests. Activities for people with disabilities are particularly important on a physical and psychological level. Physical recreational activities and exercise can help to burn calories and maintain muscle tone. Even a low intensity activity will be beneficial and help to boost metabolism and circulation and improve sleep. On a psychological level activity increases the ability to concentrate and reduce stress.
Looking for a job when you have a disability can be daunting, but the fact that over 3.4 million disabled people in the UK are in employment* shows that with the correct preparation and the right attitude it can be possible to bag the job of your dreams.
Check out our top tips for securing a job when you have a disability.
My name is Andrea Schütt and since 2010 I rely on a manual power assist wheelchair. On the first weekend of August 2017, the world’s biggest Heavy Metal Open-Air Festival took place again in the tranquil little German town of Wacken, in Schleswig-Holstein. The festival provides metalheads in wheelchairs a fantastic festival experience, with mobile wristband distribution, wheelchair repairs, medicine storage, physiotherapy and recharge stations for power wheelchairs.
With summer just around the corner you may be planning your holiday (if you haven’t already!). Looking to book a Spanish beach escape? If so, check out this list of accessible beaches to help you to choose the perfect resort.
When planning a trip, it is important to organise some things like hotels, transport, visits to monuments or restaurant reservations in advance. If you have a disability or have a mobility problem, prior planning ensures you can choose buildings and locations which are accessible to you.
This guide will help you find the beaches that are best equipped with ramps, walkways, adapted changing rooms and other aspects to cover your needs.