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Monday, 23 June 2014
Jordanne Whiley goes for third time lucky in Wimbledon wheelchair tennis

Jordanne Whiley is fresh from her success at the French Open. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jun/22/wimbledon-wheelchair-tennis-jordan-whiley

The Briton, who is also aiming for her third consecutive grand slam title, has reached the semi-finals in SW19 twice before


Fresh from her victory at Roland Garros, the wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley is hoping to secure her third consecutive grand slam title in the doubles at Wimbledon.
After wrapping up 2013 with a win at the Doubles Masters alongside Yui Kamiji, Whiley went on to claim victory at the Australian Open in January before the French Open this month. After reaching the Wimbledon semis two years in a row, Whiley is hoping her recent triumph will be the boost required to finally win at SW19. “I think having two slams will have a major impact on my game – it’s given myself and my partner a lot of confidence and drive,” she says. “The past two years we came so close, so hopefully we’ll be third time lucky.”
Whiley’s presence has been palpable on the wheelchair tennis circuit, given that the sport has largely been dominated by the Dutch – until now.
Her performance at the London Paralympics earned a bronze medal, an achievement upon which she hopes to improve in 2016. “I already have a countdown calendar to Rio on my iPad,” she says. Ranked second in the world for doubles and fifth in the world for singles, the UK top seed has already achieved a great many feats throughout her career – but the road to success has been anything but easy.
Born to Julie and the Paralympian Keith Whiley, Jordanne was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta – or brittle bone disease – at three months old. Whiley has broken her legs 26 times but, despite doctors telling her she would never be able to play sports, she adopted tennis at the age of three after watching her father play a match. “Someone spotted me on the sidelines, sort of mimicking every move, and gave me a racket.”
After picking up the sport, Whiley became the youngest person to win the national championships singles event at the age of 14. As well as her many sporting achievements she recently became an ambassador for RGK Life, the manufacturer of her wheelchair.
Whiley credits a large amount of the recent success to her coach, Paul Seymour. “Before Paul, I didn’t have a permanent coach. I just trained whenever and wherever I could, and it was quite stressful,” she says. “As soon as I met Paul and started training regularly, I was just happier playing tennis, and I think that’s shone through in my game.”
Looking ahead to Wimbledon, Whiley is not only hoping to use the momentum garnered at Roland Garros, but also to increase the profile of the sport. “Wheelchair tennis is definitely getting more exposure than it was,” she says, “but it’s going to be a slow process. I’ve noticed since the Olympics the coverage has been upped slightly, and the crowds at the grand slams are definitely much bigger. We still have a long way to go, but it’s on the right path.”
Having been a fixture at Wimbledon for the past four years, the one place Whiley will not be short of support is the All England Club. “It’s so nice to be British and play in a grand slam in front of a home crowd. The fans are absolutely amazing, and people are starting to know me more now that I’ve played in the semis twice,” she says. “Wimbledon is without a doubt my favourite tournament in the world.”

The Wimbledon wheelchair tennis doubles event runs from Friday 4 July to Sunday 6 July.

Source 
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jun/22/wimbledon-wheelchair-tennis-jordan-whiley
  

Wimbledon Wheelchair Tennis 2013

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Monday, 16 June 2014
Disablism | First there was racism and sexism, now there's ableism




What does the term disablism mean?

The term disablism is the discrimination of disabled people. The term describes the negative attitudes, behaviours, practices and environmental factors which discriminate (intentionally or unintentionally) against disabled people and create barriers to their equal participation in mainstream society.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-27840472



Disabled people have been tweeting their experiences of discrimination using the hashtag #StopAbleismBecause. But what is ableism? And why do UK activists use the word disablism instead?
What is it?

Ableism is a word which is increasingly being seen, especially on social media. It's a single word which people are using instead of the longer phrases "disability discrimination" or "disability prejudice".
Racial discrimination and gender discrimination have their own single words - racism and sexism - and so those ideas can be expressed a little more easily.

Disability discrimination is often complicated and misunderstood. At one end of the scale, buildings with steps instead of ramps may be said to be ableist. Less obvious perhaps is the notion ableism could be someone making assumptions about what disabled people can and cannot do. A person with ME might miss out on a party invite because the host assumes they aren't well enough to go, for instance. What may be kindness in the mind of one person is an act of exclusion to another.

Continue reading... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-27840472

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014
5 Accessible and Exciting Trips for Families with Disabilities




If a member of your family is disabled, there’s no reason why you all shouldn’t go out on fun family excursions.  A disability shouldn’t prevent you from exploring and adventuring as a whole group, so here are some of the best family outings to tick off your to-do list this year – and best of all, they’re accessible as well as exciting.

1 – Safari
There are a number of great Safari parks in the UK such as Chester Zoo which includes a large in-car safari section where friendly baboons are free to jump on your car and say hello.  Of course, a prerequisite of this is that you have a wheelchair accessible vehicle such as the ones available from Allied Mobility, but so long as you have one, your trip will be an entertaining and memorable experience for the entire family.

2 – Ocean Centre/ Aquarium
Water parks, aquariums and ocean centres provide people with valuable insight into what lies beneath the mysterious surface of the sea.  If your family are interested in the oceans, what could be better than a trip to a local aquatic centre where you can experience the majesty of marine wildlife in all its splendour?

3 – National Park
Not all walks or hikes are inaccessible to those in wheelchairs or for the severely disabled.  Sites like Walks with Wheelchairs provide a wonderful service which allows families with members who are disabled to pick and choose where they’re going to walk.  The national parks are a good bet, with exquisite scenery and plenty of accessible routes, you’re sure to enjoy your time.

4 – Theatre
Entertainment is not only fun, it’s a great way to expand the mind with a little bit of culture, and provides a great deal of welcomed escapism.  Therefore, an enriching trip to the theatre can be a pleasurable experience for everyone involved and provide some cultural education, too.

5 – Festival
In the same vein to the theatre, a music festival is a great place to go if you’re looking to expand your mind and experience your family’s favourite artists and bands.  You might be under the impression that festivals are long, arduous affairs that may be impractical for those people with disabilities.  However, the vast majority of festivals offer day tickets, meaning you can experience festival fun for a single day without paying for a full weekend ticket.  Best of both worlds.
So there you have it: 5 great activities for families with disabled members. Don’t let your disability spoil your fun.

This article was published on Large family life: http://www.largerfamilylife.com/2014/01/29/5-accessible-and-exciting-trips-for-families-with-disabilities/


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Thursday, 22 May 2014
Living with a Disability: Scott Pearce at TEDx@BSB


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014
How To GoPro For Wheelchair Users - Karman health care


The GoPro camera has become a huge sensation in the last few years because it allows people to actively record their lives while doing any sort of activity. GoPro cameras allow people to record their experiences while being able to do so non-stop without having to hold onto a camera.



Wheelchairs users are using the GoPro camera to record their activities without having to hold a camera while in action. We support people that do what they love and enjoy recording it, here are some videos that include wheelchair users doing some fun activities.

 Video #1: Paraplegic TV Reporter Goes Bungee Jumping in Whistler, Canada

For one of the scariest things I can imagine doing from a wheelchair – bungee jumping – this next video shows just that. Tara Weber, a T4 paraplegic and Canadian journalist (she was a longtime TV reporter in the Toronto-area). decided to go bungee jumping from her wheelchair, and asked her videographer cousin to help document it using his GoPro camera. Where she jumped – Whistler, Canada – is possibly one of the most beautiful places to go bungee jumping in North America. She went through Whistler Bungee too, a bungee jumping outfit in Whistler, Canada and they were more than accommodating to her wheelchair (avid disabled travelers, make a note). They did throw her off a bridge in a wheelchair, but she paid for it. heh The video itself is only 3 minutes long, but it shows everything you need, from her getting suited-up and prepped to the jump itself, all with the camera attached to her wheelchair. Despite being crazy afraid of heights, this video is so awesome it almost makes me want to try it (almost).

Watch Tara’s big jump at Whistler



Christiaan “Otter” Bailey, one of the few paralyzed pro-surfers in the world and a SCI superstar we’ve profiled, has been a pro surfer since he was 7 years old. Christiaan however was paralyzed eight years ago while filming a skateboard documentary (another passion of his), but he hasn’t stopped doing what he loves. In this video showing him doing dawn patrol (checking out the waves for the day) while working at an adapted kid’s surfing camp in Costa Rica, Christiaan puts a GoPro camera on the front of his longboard to get some epic footage of him, and holy cow is it awesome. If you’re not motivated by this, you may be dead (just sayin’).

Watch Christiaan surf on his stomach in Costa Rica 

 Video #3: B-E Aggressive – Footage of Wheelchair Lacrosse
If you’ve always been a little too intimidated to try a group adapted sport, this GoPro footage of the wheelchair lacrosse league in the USA will definitely change your mind. It shows how fast and furious this game can be, and wounded vets love it. If you were into aggressive sports before your injury and didn’t think you could find a sport that would give you that, wheelchair lacrosse is where it’s at. The video is quite lengthy, at 5+ minutes, but if you’ve always wanted to play, this is a great overview (and the first minute is by far the best). Watch two teams battle it out playing wheelchair lacrosse While capturing your wheelchair adventures comes at a steep price, (a GoPro camera starts out at $199), if you have the money and the creativity to go with it, it’s more than worth it. You could even get so good at it that you can sell your videos to rehab facilities, or start a blog and get some advertisers, and that would be a very good thing.

This article was published on Karman health care: http://www.karmanhealthcare.com/blog/2014/05/12/how-to-gopro-for-wheelchair-users/


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Accessible Holidays: Rob Testimonial #disabledholidays

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Last year Rob, wheelchair user from Hawaii enjoyed one of our accessible holidays with accessible excursions, italian food and wine and accessible tours in Sicily, with our support he and his wife were able to admire the wonders of this beautiful Italian region.

Our contribution was decisive to break down the problems of mobility difficulties. Sicily is not accessible but we have allowed wheechair users to enjoy our attractions.

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