England’s first Disability Pride festival took place in Brighton. The one-day festival celebrated and educated people about all physical and mental disabilities. The event in New Road was supported by disability charities Scope & Amaze, and was funded by a £10,000 National Lottery grant. It was the brainchild of Jenny Skelton who has three adopted children, all with special needs.
The event ran concurrently with Disability Pride events in New York & Italy.
Thank to Ana for extraordinary BBC news stories about technological advances:
Moment schoolboy sees clearly again: Charlie started losing his sight aged four, leaving him only able to see close-up. Goggle footage – GiveVision:
Moment deaf woman hears for first time: Mobile phone footage captures the moment Joanne Milne from Gateshead – who has been deaf since birth – hears for the first time:
A seven-year-old from Shirley in Birmingham shows off her new sports blade to playground pals. Watch this heart melting BBC news story:
“I want to celebrate the powers and abilities that wheelchair users have”
Mohammad Sayed was abandoned by his family in Afghanistan after his house was bombed and he was left paralysed. Now he has become a US citizen, and designed a comic book superhero – Wheelchair Man – based on his own life story.
An inspiring BBC interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39044623
Celebrating the artistic ability of disabled performers
Thanks to Chris for this
Thanks to ALS specialist tutor Sue for alerting us to this interesting article on applying for employment as a person with disabilities:
Thanks to ALS Tutor, Ildiko, for sending in this link to a TED talk given by seventeen years old Sam Berns. Sam developed Progeria, a rare and rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. Sadly, Sam died last January