Category Archives: disability

Despicable drive-by thief steals disability ramp

A despicable drive-by thief stole a disabled woman’s portable ramp in Cambridge – in less than 60 seconds.

Richard Seed, 58, of The Westering, dropped off his disabled wife Penny, 49, at Abbey Pools to go to the gym for her first day of physical rehabilitation after diabetes meant she cannot walk more than a few feet.

He put the ramp back in the boot of his car and drove along Pool Way in Abbey ward. He turned right on to Newmarket Road heading towards his home near Cambridge Airport at about noon on Friday.

It was while passing the area near Ivett & Reed stonemasons and Peasgood & Skeates Funeral Directors, just before the roundabout at McDonald’s fast food eatery, that the £300 ramp fell from the boot of the vehicle.

Mr Seed carried on a few yards and turned at the roundabout to return to pick up the ramp – which is bright red steel with a handle.

The turn took Mr Seed between 30-60 seconds to complete but when he reached the spot where the ramp had fallen, it had already gone and was nowhere to be seen.

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Pensioners launch class action lawsuit re ‘price fixing’ on mobility scooters

Pensioners angry at ‘price fixing’ on mobility scooters launch the UK’s first class action lawsuit that could open the floodgates for campaigning consumers

  • National Pensioners Convention alleges Pride breached competition law
  • NPC said Pride banned retailers from advertising online prices below RRP
  • Lawyers say case could be worth £7.7m and represent watershed moment
  • Pride said it is not aware of evidence that consumers have suffered loss

A pensioners’ group is suing a mobility scooter company for alleged price-fixing in what is believed to be the UK’s first ‘class action’ law suit.

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) alleges Pride, the market leader in the UK’s mobility scooter sector, breached competition law by banning online retailers from selling scooters below the recommended retail price.

Lawyers believe the case could be worth nearly £8m and represents a watershed moment for consumers.


Funding has been scrapped for social care for 12,415 blind or partially sighted pensioners, report reveals

Improving later life for people with sight loss

Funding has been scrapped for social care for 12,415 blind or partially sighted pensioners, a report reveals.

It means those who rely on help with everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, cooking, cleaning, washing, dressing and eating could be left to their own devices.

A joint investigation by Age UK and the Royal National Institute of Blind People found poverty-stricken over-65s had been ­disproportionately affected by the loss of ­public services due to cuts.

Around half of all blind and partially sighted older people live alone.

Read more: Our forgotten army of carers need a boost if we want to help elderly and vulnerable people

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said: “That so many blind or partially sighted older people who need social care aren’t getting is profoundly shocking.

“Losing our sight is something many of us fear the most, and the idea of struggling alone without social care assistance in such circumstances seems appalling in a civilised society.”

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England’s visually impaired team get ready to challenge for next month’s Blind World Cup.

BIRKENHEAD’S Ian Martin insists the only way is up for disabled cricket as England’s visually impaired team get ready to challenge for next month’s Blind World Cup.

Martin, head of disability cricket at the English Cricket Board, is adamant that England are leading the way with the infrastructure they have in place for success, writes Marios Papaloizou.

However the 44-year-old is not about to put any pressure on the 17-man side heading to South Africa for November’s Blind World Cup, England kicking things off against Sri Lanka on November 27 in Capetown.

With the likes of India and Pakistan to overcome England will face stiff competition to take the top prize for the first time in their history.

But for Martin the most important thing is that the team perform to the best of their abilities, and if they do that then they will be in with a shout of silverware.

He said: “What we look to do with all our squads is for our guys to be as best prepared as they can be and to perform to their potential.

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Disability genes to be probed by Welsh scientists

Cardiff University experts will look at faulty genes underpinning the learning disabilities that can go hand in hand with challenging behaviours and adult mental health problems
Welsh scientists are to probe why children with learning disabilities often end up with behavioural problems and troubled mental health in adolescence and adulthood.

Experts from Cardiff University will look at faulty genes underpinning the learning disabilities that can go hand in hand with challenging behaviours and adult mental health problems.

Professor Jeremy Hall, from Cardiff University’s MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, and scientists from Cambridge University and the University College London, hope to recruit 10,000 people to the study.

Professor Hall said understanding the link to faulty genes would see parents given more information and better prepare them for the future challenges they face.

The research also offers hope more effective treatments will be developed. Experiments on mice with Rett syndrome – a developmental disorder that almost always affects girls – have reversed the condition after treatment on the problem gene.

Professor Hall said: “There are an estimated 1.5 million people with intellectual disabilities in the UK and a significant number of them are children under 18 years of age.

“Whilst we know intellectual disability can be caused by events such as extreme premature birth, birth injury or brain infections, research has found that minor chromosomal anomalies – known as copy number variations (CNV) – are strongly associated with children with an intellectual disability.”

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England Physical Disability cricket squad just miss out

England’s Physical Disability squad

England’s Physical Disability squad

BROMSGROVE cricketer Sam Wyles couldn’t inspire his country to victory in Dubai last month – but he knows they should have returned to England with some silverware.

England’s Physical Disability squad embarked on their second ever international tour as they once again took on Pakistan in T20 and ODI series’ in the UAE.

After winning just one game on their maiden trip in February 2012, England slipped to narrow 2-1 defeats in each series but Wyles believes they were the better side.
The experienced Pakistan outfit were able to grind out the results after England pulled it back to 1-1 in each but Wyles insists, with six first-time tourists in the squad, there’s plenty to be excited about.

“Obviously the results didn’t go our way but everyone stuck together,” said the 24-year-old, who plays his club cricket for Wythall.

“I think it was very similar to last time. Last time we got ourselves into good positions and lost the crucial moments and it was the same this time.

“We probably won 60 or 70 per cent of the games but let ourselves down at crucial times. It is just about keeping our heads and composure when the tough part of the game starts.
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Britain’s biggest mobility scooter maker slammed for price fixing

The elderly were ripped off by Britain’s biggest mobility scooter manufacturer for nearly two years in an online price fixing scam, regulators alleged yesterday.
The Office of Fair Trading said it believed Pride Mobility from Bicester, Oxfordshire had “infringed competition law” and restricted consumers’ ability to get value for money.

Shoppers looking for deals on up to seven different models of Pride Mobility scooters were unable to shop around because internet retailers only ever gave the recommended retail price, the Office of Fair Trading said. The “practices” occured over a two-year period from 2010 to 2012.

Pride are the market leader in the mobility scooter sector, selling the “Jazzy Power Chair” and “GoGo Es 8” scooter. Today’s provisional finding from the OFT is the latest case to stem from an investigation of the entire mobility market two years ago. Then, it said prices for mobility scooters could vary in price by as much as £3,000.

Last month, Roma Medical Aids was accused of breaching competition law by preventing online retailers from selling its scooters or even advertising their prices on the web. In July last year, regulators criticised Derby-based Optimum Care Mobility for mis-selling to the elderly and disabled.
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