Live without Limits Blog

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We talk about invisible disabilities

We talk about invisible disabilities

03/09/2021

The term disability is often associated with people with physical illnesses that we can easily identify. For example, when we see a person in a wheelchair or using a prosthesis, a cane or any other functional device, we are aware of their disability and we know how to act.

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How life changes after an amputation

How life changes after an amputation

13/08/2021

Recovery after an amputation is a complex process that confronts patients with sadness, anger and frustration. This is why friends and family must know how to help recently amputated people adjust to their new life.

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Which handbike is right for you?

Which handbike is right for you?

30/07/2021

Which handbike is right for you?Just as there are a multitude of different bicycles, there are also various handbikes that are adapted to the needs and preferences of the individual person . So it doesn't matter how old or how fit you are - it's up to you whether you just want to get from place to place faster, go on a short bike ride or actually try out a new sport. In some cases you can even operate your handbike with your foot or simply enjoy the advantages of an electric drive

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Yoga Positions for Wheelchair Users

Yoga Positions for Wheelchair Users

15/05/2020

Yoga is a spiritual and physical discipline celebrated for its positive influence over health, pain relief, and relaxation. Practicing yoga is beneficial for people of all abilities, body types, and fitness levels. It is credited for reducing aches and pains, and promoting general wellbeing and positive mental health.Yoga is a very adaptable exercise, and can be easily practiced from a seated position or otherwise modified to your needs. Because of this, it is highly suitable for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities. There are numerous adapted yoga positions which can be incorporated into the physical therapy or exercise routines of people with disabilities.

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5 essential tips for the correct maintenance of your electric wheelchair batteries

5 essential tips for the correct maintenance of your electric wheelchair batteries

29/04/2020

Over the past few years, battery technology has come a long way. However, some of the advice provided regarding the maintenance of electric wheelchair batteries has not made great progress. This has led to a series of confusing and sometimes contradictory instructions about the "best" way to take care of batteries. In this article we will clear up some of these myths and legends and give you 5 tips for you to follow. During confinement we do not make intensive use of the chairs, so it is essential to take proper care of the batteries to prevent them from becoming damaged by disuse.

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COVID-19 Tips for wheelchair users

COVID-19 Tips for wheelchair users

21/04/2020

Greetings from Beneficial Designs. My name is Peter Axelson. I am a wheelchair user, designer, and engineer, and I am reaching out today with important information regarding COVID-19 precautions to be taken by wheelchair users.

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The importance of physical activity for children with disabilities

The importance of physical activity for children with disabilities

16/10/2019

Physical activity is very beneficial for all children. Exercising is not only good for children’s health and well-being, but it also plays a key role in their development and learning. Thanks to physical activity, children and adolescents can improve their self-esteem, develop social relationships and learn to overcome their limitations.

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Travel tips for wheelchair users on long journeys

Travel tips for wheelchair users on long journeys

08/10/2019

Travel for wheelchair users can sometimes be quite difficult and there can be barriers and obstacles that need to be overcome, especially on long journeys.  But, keeping a positive attitude and following some basic rules are key to enjoying the adventure.

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Water sports for people with disabilities

Water sports for people with disabilities

01/10/2019

Sport is becoming increasingly inclusive and continues to adapt to people’s diverse capabilities. Swimming, diving and sailing are just some of the water sports that allow people with disabilities to practice sports activities during the summer. These sports combine physical activity with leisure and well-being.

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Travel tips if you use a catheter

Travel tips if you use a catheter

24/09/2019

Travelling with a catheter can be uncomfortable and intimidating, but it is far from unachievable: although there are some small risks associated with long plane journeys. Although different airlines have their own guidelines regarding what assistance is available, in most cases, there are no problems in this respect, and you should simply follow some basic advice.

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2019 Disability influencers you should be following

2019 Disability influencers you should be following

10/09/2019

As the online world continues to grow and with more and more people becoming social influencers, it's a great time for individuals to share their voice. There are millions of influencers out there from beauty bloggers to foodies who inspire their own community.

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The benefits of wheelchair dancing

The benefits of wheelchair dancing

27/08/2019

Dancing has many benefits both physical and psychological; it helps keep active, control functions such as cholesterol, and is also a great natural antidote against osteoporosis and stress. These benefits can be enjoyed by anyone who practices dancing, regardless of age, gender or physical condition. In this article, we'll focus on the benefits of wheelchair dancing.

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Adventure sports for people with disabilities

Adventure sports for people with disabilities

21/08/2019

Adventure sports and disability are not incompatible. Actually, with adaptations of kit and the help of qualified professionals, people with disabilities can participate in canyoning, skydiving, hiking, rafting or caving in a totally safe manner.These types of activities present a considerable challenge for people with disabilities and are recognised as an effective way to keep fit and raise self-esteem.In this article, we will discuss several adventure sports that are accessible to everyone.

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Disability and the cinema | 4 actors with disabilities

Disability and the cinema | 4 actors with disabilities

08/08/2019

A long time has passed since Tod Browning directed his famous film in 1932, “Freaks” which was one of the first films on the big screen to address the subject of disability. Since then, the relationship between disability and film has been prolific with numerous examples of works that address incapacity in all its forms across all genres (biographies, dramas, documentaries, etc.).They have all, almost always in a positive manner, contributed to increasing the visibility of disabled people.

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Must-do Wheelchair-friendly Trips and Experiences

Must-do Wheelchair-friendly Trips and Experiences

30/07/2019

As a wheelchair user, travel can sometimes be intimidating and might even be seen to be prohibitive. But the UK has some truly fabulous sights and attractions that have been made accessible. It is easier than you might imagine to find places for a wonderful day out or a longer trip; there is something for everyone. Here is a just a small selection of great ideas for wheelchair-friendly trips.

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2019 Travel options for those who are disabled

2019 Travel options for those who are disabled

02/07/2019

Travelling is an exciting part of life. It’s the chance to experience new cultures, enjoy new sights, and have lots of fun exploring new places. However, between the transport, accommodation, and crowds of tourists, travel can prove stressful for people who have special needs or require additional support - but it doesn’t need to be! Take a look at our top travel options to make your next holiday enjoyable and worry-free.

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Top tips for taking an Accessible holiday

Top tips for taking an Accessible holiday

19/06/2019

Holiday season is upon us and as we begin to plan our trips away, there are a few top tips to remember before taking an accessible holiday.  Everybody should have the freedom to travel whether you have a disability or not. There are lots of companies available that can help plan an accessible trip, it's also just as easy to plan your own with our top tips.  Although there may be a few challenges when planning, it shouldn't mean that your dream holiday is impossible.

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How to talk to children about disabilities

How to talk to children about disabilities

23/05/2019

Opening up the discussion about disabilities with children is something most parents wouldn’t think of doing unless a child notices someone with a disability. There are a whole host of disabilities out there and not all disabilities are visual. According to the World Health Organisation, 15% of the world’s population is disabled.  With such a high percentage of individuals, it’s important to talk to children about the visual and non-visual disabilities that are out there. 

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Optimal rear wheel configuration

Optimal rear wheel configuration

14/05/2019

Are you efficient when propelling your wheelchair? Is propelling your wheelchair painful for you? This may have to do with the position of your rear wheel.Manual self-propulsion is the kind of mobility used by people with lower extremity disabilities in order to keep having independence and autonomy to complete daily activities.

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Adapting the Workplace for People with Disabilities

Adapting the Workplace for People with Disabilities

07/05/2019

Life can be very challenging in the workplace for people with disabilities in the UK. In decades gone by, those with disabilities may have really struggled because the workplace was not adapted to their needs, making it was difficult to get around. In some cases, areas of the workplace may have been inaccessible. In addition, there were no special facilities catering to those with disabilities, simply because there were no stringent regulations in place.

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Online Communities for People with Disabilities in the UK

Online Communities for People with Disabilities in the UK

30/04/2019

There is no doubt that modern technology, and specifically internet technology, has revolutionised our lives in many ways. These days, we can go online for all sorts of purposes, from accessing entertainment to communicating with loved ones, carrying out banking transactions, or learning new skills.

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Unleash Your Potential with UK Grants for Disabled Athletes

Unleash Your Potential with UK Grants for Disabled Athletes

23/04/2019

There are many people with disabilities who excel at certain sports. However, it can often be difficult for them to reach their full potential because of a lack of funding. For those with a passion and talent for sports, it can become extremely frustrating to be held back simply because of finances. Fortunately, there is a solution available in the form of UK grants for disabled athletes.You will find a wide variety of grants that you may be eligible for as an athlete with disabilities. These grants are available for all sorts of purposes ranging from the purchase of specialist equipment and gear through to training, travel expenses and more. With the financial aid provided through these grants, disabled athletes can unleash their potential and enjoy participating in the sporting activities that they have a passion for.

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Tips for Parenting from a Wheelchair

Tips for Parenting from a Wheelchair

18/04/2019

Parenting in any terms can be difficult, but adding a wheelchair to the mix can add a heap of challenges to the equation. With a lack of information out there offered by professionals on how to care for children from a wheelchair, we have collated personal experiences and tips from parents on online forums to create our own advice on making parenting from a wheelchair a little easier. 

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Meet Bonio - the face of the Q200 R

Meet Bonio - the face of the Q200 R

09/04/2019

Originally from Poland, Bonio is a professional wheelchair Basketball player and model. Back in the winter of 2018, we took to the city streets of Birmingham to shoot the photography for a number of our new Q-series powered wheelchairs, the Quickie Q100R and the Q200R. As well as the right location for the photoshoot we also needed the right people. Of course, they needed to be wheelchair users, but they also needed to embody Quickie’s ‘live without limits’ philosophy, which is where Bonio (or Przemyslaw Bonio to use his full name) comes in.

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How to take part in adapted cycling

How to take part in adapted cycling

29/01/2019

Adapted cycles make cycling accessible for all, and there are a wide range of cycles which can suit people living with a variety of physical and learning disabilities. There are also wheelchair cycles available which you can ride with a non-disabled friend. Some cycles also utilise hand cranks so that you don’t need to use your legs to get involved in cycling. 

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Adapted and Disability Football

Adapted and Disability Football

22/01/2019

There are several ways for people living with a wide range of disabilities. These include adapting football for:Blind or visually impaired peopleHearing impaired or deaf peopleFootball for amputeesFootball for people with cerebral palsyFootball for people with learning disabilitiesWheelchair and powerchair football

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Introducing Claire Lomas

Introducing Claire Lomas

15/01/2019

When my new Quickie Krypton R arrived - it makes me think back to how I felt after my accident and my thoughts now. I feel so incredibly lucky to have this smart lightweight wheelchair. I am certainly not embarrassed but I am proud. I am not sad or angry but excited, happy and grateful. The lightweight Krypton helps my independence, being able to get it in and out my car easily and without straining my arms. It feels stylish and neat too. I am also aware that my arms get a lot of use and the Krypton is so easy to push along it is much less wear and tear on my arms.

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UK Holidays and breaks for people with disabilities

UK Holidays and breaks for people with disabilities

08/01/2019

Taking a break in the UK is an excellent option, with so much choice. You can choose from the beach, countryside, or towns and cities. You can have relaxing breaks, rambling breaks, take in a London show and so much more, all within a few hours of travelling. Many hotels, travel companies and tour firms  are now disability friendly in the UK, so it’s a great time to get looking!

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Benefits of standing wheelchairs

Benefits of standing wheelchairs

31/12/2018

Naturally, wheelchair users will spend a large proportion of their time in a seated position, unfortunately this can have a negative impact on their health with side effects including pressure ulcers. Standing powerchairs can offer a solution for wheelchair users who are looking to realise the health and lifestyle benefits of a more upright posture, or who want the ability to change position.

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Introducing Tiri Hughes

Introducing Tiri Hughes

11/12/2018

These are exciting times for gymnast, Tiri Hughes. The 19-year-old, who is originally from South Devon, has recently started her first year at Oxford University, studying medicine.Tiri is an occasional wheelchair user, opting at other times to use a crutch to get her up and about and prevent muscle wastage. She says: “I have H-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and secondary Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (as well as my visual impairment, which is totally separate). These cause chronic pain, joint instability, weakness, dizziness and fatigue.”

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How to get a disabled parking bay?

How to get a disabled parking bay?

04/12/2018

If your application succeeds, your council may offer you a bay directly outside your home. If this option is not available, your council will try to offer you a space as near as possible to your home.  The space offered to you is only advisory and therefore has no standing in law. This means that any disabled Blue Badge holder may park there. Non-disabled people are asked to park elsewhere but are not legally obliged to do so. White lines are there to let other motorists know the bay is intended for the use of a disabled resident. 

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Chasing your dreams in a wheelchair

Chasing your dreams in a wheelchair

27/11/2018

There comes a time in everyone’s life, generally when they are aged between 16 and 18 where they are asked a very important question; who do you want to be? That is when you start to ponder… Do you want to join the civil service? Go to business school? Attend college? Or maybe something else entirely?

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How seat elevation can give powerchair users more independence.

How seat elevation can give powerchair users more independence.

13/11/2018

Reaching higher levels, for example ordering at a café or bar, or trying to reach something on a high up shelf, is one of the common difficulties wheelchair users may experience. Frequently, only horizontal mobility is taken into account, but vertical mobility could be just as important for them. Often this need is perceived as a luxury. However, the ability to rise up in a powerchair has huge potential to increase the user’s quality of life.

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Discover adapted padel

Discover adapted padel

06/11/2018

In just over two years, adapted padel has become a booming sport, highlighted by the creation of clubs, associations and tournaments throughout the country. This new sport, which allows those with physical and mental disabilities to participate in, is played in a wheelchair, uses racquets and a conventional padel ball, and incorporates modifications similar to those of wheelchair tennis, such as the ball being allowed to bounce twice.

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Meet Clara Holmes - the face of the Q100 R

Meet Clara Holmes - the face of the Q100 R

16/10/2018

I try to live my life to the fullest the best I can. I try to have a positive outlook on life and surround myself with positive people. Of course, there are many challenges I face as a wheelchair user, but I believe the first hurdle you must get over is the in the mind. Once you have conquered that, then you can deal with other challenges you may face.I have been modelling for the past year and a half, after I was spotted in Canary Wharf by two model scouts from Zebedee Management and the next day I was signed to the agency.

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Making life easier with disability aids

Making life easier with disability aids

10/10/2018

There are many modern day gadgets and gizmos that can help to make the world increasingly inclusive and interactive for wheelchair users and those with disabilities. From modern technology which allows users to more easily interact with the world around them, to more traditional mobility aids such was walking sticks and crutches, there are assistive devices that can help with almost any type of disability.

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Introducing David Smith

Introducing David Smith

02/10/2018

David Smith, or ‘Smithy’ (there were a lot of Davids at his school) has been an active contributor to the Sunrise Medical blog for a while now. His extensive experience of travelling with a powered wheelchair meant he could offer helpful updates to our article about travelling by aeroplane with a wheelchair and he has also written a really informative piece on his real passion, Boccia.

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Adapted bathrooms: a practical guide to making your bathroom wheelchair accessible

Adapted bathrooms: a practical guide to making your bathroom wheelchair accessible

26/09/2018

 An accessible bathroom for people with disabilities provides easy access and comfort, as well as ensuring self-sufficiency and dignity. So what should you consider before fitting an adapted bathroom suitable for use with a wheelchair?UK regulations largely apply to facilities in commercial or public places, such as hotels, restaurants and train stations, but we can still take tips from their recommendations when looking to plan domestic bathrooms.

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My travel experiences as a powered wheelchair user

My travel experiences as a powered wheelchair user

22/08/2018

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.

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What is Employment Support Allowance?

What is Employment Support Allowance?

07/08/2018

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?

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Boccia: How is it played?

Boccia: How is it played?

26/07/2018

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.

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Accessible summer plans for wheelchair users

Accessible summer plans for wheelchair users

17/07/2018

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.

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Accessibility apps to make your life easier

Accessibility apps to make your life easier

28/06/2018

Whatever you’re looking to do, you can be sure there’s an app to help you.  Whether it’s finding your way around a new city or locating the nearest wheelchair accessible toilet, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most useful accessibility apps around to enable you to live without limits.

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Housing for people with disabilities in the UK

Housing for people with disabilities in the UK

11/06/2018

Becoming disabled through age, or maybe injury or illness; or finding that your mobility has worsened brings with it a host of challenges. One of these is making sure your home is safe and accessible. The home you live in now might be the one where you raised your family and, as such, may be filled with happy memories, but is it the right home for you now? Whatever your disability and your needs, there are a few options in terms of adapting your existing property or moving somewhere new.

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Wheelchair fencing: types and regulations

Wheelchair fencing: types and regulations

29/05/2018

Wheelchair fencing can be practised by both men and women in wheelchairs, by amputees or by those with mild cerebral palsy. The same weapon categories apply to those used in classical fencing (foil, sabre or épée).The history of wheelchair fencing began in England in the 1950s at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where soldiers wounded in WW2 underwent recovery and rehabilitation.After its debut at the 1960 Rome Olympics, it soon became a very popular all-round adapted sport that required not only physical strength, but also precision, technique and style.

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Fashion and accessible clothing for wheelchair users

Fashion and accessible clothing for wheelchair users

22/05/2018

Adaptive clothing can be very comfortable and can help those who wear it to undertake their day-to-day activities with ease. These types of garment can often allow for a greater degree of independence, as well as making the work of caregivers and family members easier when it comes to dressing and bathing. But can adaptive also be fashionable?

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Wheelchair Rugby: the ultimate team sport

Wheelchair Rugby: the ultimate team sport

15/05/2018

Kirk Williams is an adventure photographer. Being a C6-7 quadriplegic, with paralysis from the chest down, he has refused to let his disability define him. He tried out a number of wheelchair adaptive sports and found wheelchair rugby was the most impactful for him.

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Accessible Trails in the UK

Accessible Trails in the UK

09/05/2018

With World Environment Day falling on Tuesday 5th June this year (2018) we’re encouraging Quickie users to get outside and enjoy the environment around them with this guide to a selection of accessible rambling routes.

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Mentoring for people with disabilities

Mentoring for people with disabilities

01/05/2018

A disability mentor provides advice and guidance as well as personal support to enable you to make your own informed and independent decisions.Having a mentor is not to be confused with coaching or counselling. Mentoring support for people with disabilities involves a specialist who has undergone specific training in disability issues. He or she will usually have a disability, which means they can combine expertise and training with life experience.

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Teaching young children: stories that deal with disability

Teaching young children: stories that deal with disability

24/04/2018

Simply imparting knowledge and information about disability is not enough to teach children nowadays. Our world demands that we educate them on other fundamental values in order to work towards achieving a truly accessible and equal society.Incorporating characters with disabilities into television series, films, toys or children's stories can be a good example of how to normalise disability from a young age. The stories that we have included deal with disability either directly as their central theme or simply by including characters whose disabilities are incidental.

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Multiple Sclerosis: Solutions for living life to the full

Multiple Sclerosis: Solutions for living life to the full

17/04/2018

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the myelin sheath, a protective layer that covers nerve fibres, causing damage to nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Deterioration of the nerve cells limits communication between certain parts of the nervous system and consequently leads to the development of physical and cognitive problems.

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Disability Associations in the UK

Disability Associations in the UK

10/04/2018

Disabled people are only too aware of the numerous challenges that can arise due to their disability. There can be financial pressures, maybe even getting into debt as a result of relying on benefit payments, or through having to take time off work; the hassles of arranging personal assistants, or booking holidays; not to mention the day-to-day challenges of accessibility and transportation.The web is a great resource for finding solutions to the challenges that can be faced. There is likely to be a website that concentrates specifically on your condition but these rarely offer more generic advice in terms of finances, care, holidays and employment. For this kind of advice it is advisable to look elsewhere. Here are some useful online resources to give you advice and support.  

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The Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games

03/04/2018

This year’s Commonwealth games will be held in the Gold Coast of Australia and will run from 4th to 15th April 2018. With the numbers being at an all-time high of 6,600 athletes from an astounding 70 commonwealth nations, making it the biggest ever. This a clear indication of the journey the games have made

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Hand bikes and disability: an active life on wheels

Hand bikes and disability: an active life on wheels

28/03/2018

There are a great number of adapted bikes on the market to choose from, so finding one to suit you should be relatively easy, regardless of your disability, age or fitness. There are hand bikes for leisure, recreational sport and competitive sports, as well as some that can be operated by foot.As with conventional bicycles, cycles for those with disabilities come in different sizes and adaptions, so it is advisable to take certain points into consideration before making your selection.

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8 Recommended Books Dealing with Disability

8 Recommended Books Dealing with Disability

21/03/2018

Throughout the history of literature many authors have thought up characters based on their personal experiences or of others they have known, creating unique personalities that take on a life of their own. These eight books that deal with disability are examples of just that.

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Who are the most decorated Paralympic athletes?

Who are the most decorated Paralympic athletes?

13/03/2018

In terms of disability sport the Paralympic games have to be regarded as the pinnacle of competition, with the achievement of being awarded a Paralympic medal the ultimate recognition and honour for a Paralympic athlete. But who are the most successful Paralympic athletes and countries?

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The Paralympic Winter Games - Have you tried out these sports?

The Paralympic Winter Games - Have you tried out these sports?

06/03/2018

The Paralympic summer games are not the only sport event worth watching – the winter games are equally exciting. Since 1976, they are held after the Olympic Winter Games.Whenever you think of Winter Games, skiing will surely come to mind. Athletes with disabilities can test their skills in a wide range of disciplines: slalom/giant slalom, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, and biathlon. In contrast to the Paralympic Summer Games, only athletes with physical disabilities are usually allowed to participate.

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Wheelchair hockey: how and where to practice it

Wheelchair hockey: how and where to practice it

28/02/2018

Wheelchair hockey can be practised by anyone regardless of their disability, as it is designed for powered wheelchair users.The wheelchairs can be adapted in terms of their speed, whilst other aspects of the game can be modified, such as the stick length or the inclusion of additional security such as seatbelts, making it a safe sport for both children and adults. It can be practised by men and women regardless of age, including those with severe disabilities such as neuromuscular diseases, cerebral palsy, poliomyelitis, hemiplegia, tetraplegia or spina bifida.

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Tips for parents of children with disabilities

Tips for parents of children with disabilities

20/02/2018

Raising a child is a huge and challenging responsibility. When that child has a physical or intellectual disability the challenges can seem even greater. Children with disabilities may have special educational needs, or require specialist equipment or support. Parents or carers of these children may need additional practical and emotional support to help to cope with their child’s demands.Getting to know families in similar situations can provide an important support network, enabling parents and carers to share help and advice and to lend an understanding ear when discussing the unique challenges of their situation.

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My career story taken to the radio

My career story taken to the radio

13/02/2018

My name is Paul Amadeus Lane and I am the current Bureau chief at ABC news radio in addition to being the host. Over time, I have interviewed many prominent people (from Dr. Maya Angelou to Jerome Bettis, the great American football player), covered major events, been an Abilities Expo ambassador and event moderator. To say the truth, I have had the time of my life.Never should you let the fear of the unknown bar you from doing great things!

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Wheelchair tennis in major competitions

Wheelchair tennis in major competitions

06/02/2018

We need to go back to the year 1976 to find the first mention of wheelchair tennis, when Brad Parks - a freestyle skier who became a paraplegic after a skiing accident - and his rehabilitation partner began to look into the possibility of adapting tennis to his disability.Tennis is one of the world’s most popular sports. Its adapted format differs mainly with specially designed wheelchairs (sometimes manual and sometimes powered), as well as the ball being allowed to bounce twice.

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Assistance dogs for people with disabilities

Assistance dogs for people with disabilities

16/01/2018

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.

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Get active! Get outside!

Get active! Get outside!

09/01/2018

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.

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Wheelchair rugby: rules and adaptations

Wheelchair rugby: rules and adaptations

02/01/2018

With a nickname like ‘murderball’ wheelchair rugby often has a reputation of being a violent sport and it is certainly one of the adapted sports with the most contact. With this in mind there are several tactical and safety issues that players must be aware of.One of the main advantages of wheelchair rugby is that it can involve any disabled persons, even those who suffer severe injuries that affect the upper and lower limbs (spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, amputations or deformities) making it an extremely integrative sport.

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Spasticity: a multidisciplinary disorder

Spasticity: a multidisciplinary disorder

26/12/2017

Spasticity is associated with different neurodegenerative diseases and disabilities that can be either congenital or acquired.It is estimated at present that twelve million people in the world suffer from spasticity, with cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis being the most common causes.Knowing the causes and effects of spasticity can help to provide a comprehensive treatment to counter its effects and improve the quality of life of those living with it.

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Basic maintenance tips for your manual wheelchair

Basic maintenance tips for your manual wheelchair

19/12/2017

Proper wheelchair maintenance is key to ensuring the mobility, performance and safety of your equipment.The maintenance of a manual wheelchair depends upon the model and the type of use it is subjected to.  It is worth bearing in mind that certain features are subject to greater wear and tear and so must always be in perfect condition in order to ensure their proper function and safety. 

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Creating the career of your dreams

Creating the career of your dreams

12/12/2017

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." These words coined by Confucius, an influential Chinese philosopher are wonderful sentiments. However, it is quite a challenge knowing whether or not you love a job until you actually get into it.

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How to get a job with a disability

How to get a job with a disability

05/12/2017

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.

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Adapted swimming: a very popular sport

Adapted swimming: a very popular sport

28/11/2017

Swimming has always been a prominent Paralympic sport and is one of the few disciplines to have enjoyed continuous representation since the first games of 1960 in Rome.Adapted swimming therapy provides improved independence and safety in the water; aerobic exercise to work and tone all the muscles of the body; and strength and resistance training - all whilst offering a relaxing effect.

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Key points to consider when travelling by aeroplane in a wheelchair

Key points to consider when travelling by aeroplane in a wheelchair

21/11/2017

Whether you’re planning a city break, a visit to relatives or a beach holiday having the lowdown on travelling by air with a wheelchair can make your journey run much more smoothly. These top tips can help you to navigate everything from assistance at your departure airport, check-in, transporting your mobility device, flying and special assistance at your arrival airport.

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What are the best wheelchair based exercises you can do?

What are the best wheelchair based exercises you can do?

14/11/2017

An active lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for exercise is essential for many wheelchair users and provides a much-needed boost of vitality, increased energy, improved muscle tone and greater coordination, as well as improving physical and mental health.Find out more about the types of wheelchair exercises and the benefits it can provide.

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Sports wheelchairs for every discipline

Sports wheelchairs for every discipline

02/11/2017

Wheelchair basketball is perhaps the best known wheelchair sport, but other sports such as tennis, padel, cycling and adapted rugby also use sports wheelchairs. Sports wheelchairs are often complex in their design and technology, adapting not only to the rigours of each discipline, but also being tailored to the needs of the individual, the sport and the environment the sport is played within.

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Wacken open air festival 2017 in a wheelchair

Wacken open air festival 2017 in a wheelchair

31/10/2017

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.

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Games for children with disabilities: how to stimulate them

Games for children with disabilities: how to stimulate them

24/10/2017

Childhood games are synonymous with activity, development and preparation for adult life. They are a source of self-affirmation, motivation, satisfaction and social interaction. In the case of children with some sort of disability, all these benefits are multiplied, so that the game becomes an occupational area essential for their social, cognitive, sensory, prescriptive, affective and communicative development.

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10 adapted sports for an active life

10 adapted sports for an active life

17/10/2017

Sport not only makes you stronger and healthier, it also helps to improve your mood. With a host of formal federations and regulatory bodies, as well as more amateur sporting associations, geared up to facilitating adapted sports – whether you want to compete for fun or for glory – there’s no reason not to join in!

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Scaling the mighty Kilimanjaro for clean water

Scaling the mighty Kilimanjaro for clean water

10/10/2017

My name is Spencer West. I have been fortunate to grace over 60 WE.org Day stages in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States as a featured speaker. In all my travels, I have spoken to and interacted with world prominent personalities such as Prince Harry; Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau; former U.S. Vice-President, Al Gore; Martin Luther King III; Mia Farrow; Jennifer Hudson and Natalie Portman; among many others.

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Paralympic sports: can you name the 22 disciplines?

Paralympic sports: can you name the 22 disciplines?

19/09/2017

There are currently 22 disciplines considered as Paralympic sports, which can be practised competitively in the Paralympic Games - the biggest sports competition for people with disabilities at international level. How many can you name? Here's our guide to the current list.

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Crafting the life you love

Crafting the life you love

12/09/2017

I am Sara. I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States. I am a daughter, aunt, sister, friend and professional. I sufferfrom Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a disease of the bones that makes them brittle. My mantra is “Design the life that I love."”

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Equine therapy: medical foundations of therapy with horses

Equine therapy: medical foundations of therapy with horses

05/09/2017

Equine therapy is considered an integrative therapy because it positively affects cognitive, physical, social, and occupational development. The fact that it is beneficial in so many aspects makes it a very useful tool for improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.

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4 factors that affect your mobility in a manual wheelchair

4 factors that affect your mobility in a manual wheelchair

29/08/2017

What affects the manoeuvrability of a manual wheelchair? The weight of the person who uses it? The material that the frame is made from? In truth, it is both of those things and a host of other variables, including the friction of your wheelchair that will affect your resistance and your bearing and, ultimately, your mobility.Biomechanical issues (size and position of the wheels, distance between the axles and angulation) also need to be taken into account, as well as other variable related to its use. By taking all of these into account, you will not only choose the best manual wheelchair for you but also have greater success in dealing with mobility problems.

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Blue Badge: How to get a UK disabled parking permit

Blue Badge: How to get a UK disabled parking permit

16/08/2017

In the UK, a parking permit for disabled drivers or passengers is referred to as a Blue Badge. The permits are valid for three years and are usually issued to those who have a registered disability which affects their mobility. If you are registered as blind, you will also automatically qualify for the Blue Badge scheme. The parking permit may be used to park in disabled spaces in the UK and in all countries within the European Union and the European Economic Area.

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Wheelchair basketball: How is it played?

Wheelchair basketball: How is it played?

14/08/2017

Wheelchair basketball is one of the most well-adapted sports, and is also one of the most widespread in the world. It is estimated that there are currently wheelchair basketball leagues and competitions in 75 countries, which gives us a good idea of its degree of social integration and level of competitiveness.

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Adapted toys for a childhood full of fun

Adapted toys for a childhood full of fun

08/08/2017

Play is a fundamental part of a child’s life. As well as being enjoyable, it is a necessary element of learning. In the case of children with disabilities, adapted toys are a particularly important resource that help to build self-esteem, fostering the development of the child’s capabilities.

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6 Wheelchair Accessible Cities

6 Wheelchair Accessible Cities

01/08/2017

Travelling with a wheelchair can be challenging but if you know the right destination to visit and if you choose a location that makes accessibility easy you can enjoy a memorable trip for all the right reasons!

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Wheelchair accessories to improve your mobility

Wheelchair accessories to improve your mobility

21/07/2017

Wheelchair accessories provide a host of everyday benefits, either by making day-to-day life more easy, increasing your mobility and independence, or improving your level of comfort.Choosing the right accessories for you depends on your individual needs as well as the type of wheelchair you use, although many accessories are available for both manual and powered wheelchairs, as well as scooters.

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All about wheelchair accessible taxis in the UK

All about wheelchair accessible taxis in the UK

18/07/2017

Did you know that since 6th April 2017 it has been illegal for taxi drivers to discriminate against wheelchair users? This new legislation, introduced by the UK government to increase inclusiveness, applies to vehicles that are designated as wheelchair accessible and means disabled users do not face discrimination or inflated fares when using this popular mode of transport.

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Sports and disability: paired together for an active life

Sports and disability: paired together for an active life

11/07/2017

Sport is a fantastic way to socialise, keep fit and beat stress, not to mention its therapeutic and rehabilitation properties. With the rising popularlity of the Paralympic Games, sports and disability are becoming increasingly interlinked and with the support of a health professionals and trained sports coaches more accessible to all, which helps you lead an active life.

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8 inspirational people with disabilities

8 inspirational people with disabilities

04/07/2017

If these famous people with disabilities share something, besides their professional success, it is their ability of self-improvement. The lives of most of them have not been easy and precisely because of that, they are an example and inspiration.  

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The ultimate guide to accessible beaches in Spain

The ultimate guide to accessible beaches in Spain

29/06/2017

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.

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Diaries of a Tuk Tuk ride

Diaries of a Tuk Tuk ride

06/06/2017

My name is Mitch St. Pierre, I have osteogenesis imperfecta, or in other words, my bones are brittle as glass so I use a wheelchair. I know what you must be thinking, what on earth would a person with my condition be doing in a Cambodian jungle, miles from civilization on a wheelchair? Well let's say I'm an adventurous soul. I was here in the jungle, north of Cambodia with my good friend from Canada, Shawn, and our new friend Max who had been working at my hotel.

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What you should keep in mind when buying your wheelchair

What you should keep in mind when buying your wheelchair

25/05/2017

When buying a new wheelchair you want to make sure you make the right decision to suit your environment, your lifestyle, your condition and your budget. With such a comprehensive range of both powered and manual wheelchairs available the choice can seem overwhelming, but with a bit of prior research and the help of a qualified professional to assess your needs you can easily find the right wheelchair for you!  

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Accessible tourism: how to plan your next trip

Accessible tourism: how to plan your next trip

24/05/2017

Planning a holiday or weekend getaway? Increasingly more and more cities are promoting themselves as offering ‘accessible tourism’ but it’s still worth doing some research and planning in advance to ensure a stress-free trip.

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