As a full time professional Boccia player with four Paralympic medals to his name, David Smith MBE is no stranger to both domestic and international travel. His trips to Spain, Portugal and other European countries are frequent, with occasional trips to destinations that are further afield, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Rio, Canada and the US. Here he shares with us his top tips for travelling as a wheelchair user.
If you are disabled or chronically ill and unable to work you may be wondering where you can find financial support. Thankfully, there are a number of benefits available that can give you the help you need. One option is Employment Support Allowance (ESA) offered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the UK. But what is ESA and how does it work?
Did you know that Boccia is currently the fastest growing Paralympic sport by participation?
Boccia is probably the most accessible game in the world and the only one where able-bodied people can easily play alongside those with disabilities. The rules for Boccia are quite simple in principle, although more complexity is added when you compete at higher levels.
In summer the days seem longer and full of opportunity, with endless places to be explored and family memories to be made. Whilst spontaneous days out are great, it often pays to plan ahead, especially if you’re looking for a destination which offers good accessibility for wheelchair users. Here are some ideas of accessible attractions within the UK, including a story centre in London, the chance to get close to wild animals in the Midlands, a traditional sea-side day out and the opportunity to chill out at a spa.
Dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and competitive spirit are some of the hallmark characteristics associated with the first ever paratriathlon in the last Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.