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Assistive Technology users face serious issues with using Windows 8.1

News   •   Jun 06, 2014 08:57 BST

You probably can’t have helped but notice that Microsoft released their latest operating system, Windows 8.1, towards the end of last year. Most of the talk has been about the new look, and that alone has divided opinion in the Aspire office. But we’ve also started to find a few glitches that could have very serious consequences for Assistive Technology users.

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Le Mans Celebration Dinner raises over £25,000 for Aspire and Hope for Tomorrow

News   •   Jun 03, 2014 16:10 BST

Last Thursday 29th May saw the inaugural Le Mans Celebration event in the City of London. Charities Aspire and Hope for Tomorrow joined forces to raise much needed funds to help those with spinal cord injuries and to fund mobile chemotherapy units.

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Aspire welcomes the spinal cord stimulation research by Newcastle University researchers

News   •   May 19, 2014 23:49 BST

Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, welcomes the news that Wellcome Trust-funded researchers at Newcastle University have been able "to restore the ability to grasp with a paralysed hand using spinal cord stimulation."

Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, comments: “We welcome these exciting research developments that may overcome some of the issues of paralysis.  However, we are still at least five years away from this technology being made available for human trial.  Every eight hours someone in the UK is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.  Aspire looks forward to any developments that will ultimately result in increased independence.  In the meantime, Aspire will continue to provide practical support to spinal injured people across the UK, supporting them from injury to independence."

Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, welcomes the news that Wellcome Trust-funded researchers at Newcastle University have been able "to restore the ability to grasp with a paralysed hand using spinal cord stimulation."

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Aspire calls on MEPs and candidates to commit to supporting the European Accessibility Act

Press Releases   •   May 15, 2014 16:43 BST

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day and in the lead up to the European elections Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, is calling for all UK political parties to commit to supporting the European Accessibility Act.

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“The Reluctant Heroes” photography exhibition to be held on Spinal Injuries Awareness Day at the Aspire National Training Centre

Press Releases   •   May 14, 2014 09:14 BST

Loughborough University’s Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport is hosting a unique photography exhibition entitled “The Reluctant Heroes” on Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day, Friday 16th May. The guest speaker at the event will be former GB Paralympian Andy Barrow. It will be held at the Aspire National Training Centre in Stanmore and will be open to the public from 2pm to 4pm.

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Charities join forces for Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day on 16th May

Press Releases   •   May 12, 2014 16:23 BST

On FRIDAY 16TH MAY Spinal Injuries Together, a group of the UK’s five major Spinal Cord Injury charities, will be joining forces to raise awareness of the life-changing effects of a spinal cord injury.
EVERY EIGHT HOURS someone in the UK is told they may never walk again due to spinal cord damage.  It could happen to any of us, at any time, as a result of an accident or illness.  There is currently no cure, although research into this continues, and it is estimated that there are 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.Spinal cord injury results in paralysis and can impact many areas of daily life including bodily functions, such as bladder and bowel control, temperature and blood pressure regulation, and sexual function.  However, with the help of these five spinal injury charities, it is possible to have a positive future after injury.  Together the five charities offer support services including mentoring, rehabilitative courses, information resources, vocational support, wheelchair skills training, help with housing, grants and general advice to enable people to live an independent life following their injury.  We are also active in campaigning and research.

Despite the difficulties of coming to terms with a spinal cord injury, we, the five major spinal cord injury charities in the UK, provide practical help and support so that spinal injured people are able to live a full and active life.

Follow the campaign on twitter: #everyeighthours   #16May

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Notes to editor:

·  Spinal cord injury occurs as a result of an accident or illness, with communication between the brain and the body severed, resulting in paralysis. An injury can also affect bodily functions, such as bladder and bowel control, temperature regulation, sexual function and blood pressure. The psychological impact of spinal cord injury on the individual and their loved ones is also immense as they learn to adapt to such a dramatic change in circumstances.

·  Spinal cord injury is permanent 

·  Every eight hours, someone’s life is changed forever

·  There are around 40,000 people affected by spinal cord injury (SCI) in the UK today.  

The Spinal Injuries Together charities organising Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day are:

Aspire, a UK charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injury. Their core services, including Aspire Housing, Assistive Technology, Independent Living Advice and Aspire Grants, support hundreds of people every year in their return to independence. For more information, visit www.aspire.org.uk.

Contact: Laura Haynes, Communications Manager: laura.haynes@aspire.org.uk

Back Up, a UK charity that has helped thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds rebuild their confidence and independence after paralysis. Their wheelchair skills training, mentoring service and rehabilitative activity courses are all run by people affected by spinal cord injury themselves. They also support people to overcome the challenges of returning to work or school. www.backuptrust.org.uk

Contact: Louise Wright, CEO: louise@backuptrust.org.uk

SIA, a UK, user-led charity of spinal cord injured people. They provide services and information to support individuals from the moment of injury and for the rest of their lives. Their main activities include delivering peer services in Spinal Injury Centres and District General Hospitals, a Freephone advice line, training programme, vocational support and employment service. They also campaign for the best medical and social care for the spinal cord injured community. www.spinal.co.uk

 Contact: Helen Chapman, Communications & Marketing Officer: h.chapman@spinal.co.uk

Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) is the Scottish national voluntary organisation for spinal cord injured people and those close to them. SIS provides immediate support through the office based Information Service and operates a self-referral information line. We also provide peer support within the Scottish national spinal unit along with a legal and welfare rights advisory service. www.sisonline.org.uk
Contact: Shaun Dargan, Communications Officer: shaun.dargan@sisonline.org

Spinal Research, the UK's leading charity funding groundbreaking medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck. Our vision is a world where spinal cord injury no longer means a lifetime of paralysis. www.spinalresearch.org.uk

Contact: to Jerry Doyle:  jerry@spinal-research.org or 01483 898786


Aspire is a leading charity, supporting the 40,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at anytime and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury, helping them move from injury to independence.
The services that Aspire provides are Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.

On FRIDAY 16TH MAY Spinal Injuries Together, a group of the UK’s five major Spinal Cord Injury charities, will be joining forces to raise awareness of the life-changing effects of a spinal cord injury.

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Brian Carlin’s 12 hour spinathon raises over £3,000

Press Releases   •   Apr 30, 2014 16:13 BST

Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, the national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, successfully completed his 12 hour spinathon yesterday, raising over £3,000 for the charity.

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Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, to attempt 12 hour spinathon

Press Releases   •   Apr 17, 2014 17:44 BST

Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, the national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, will be celebrating his 16 years at Aspire by attempting a 12 hour spinathon. The event, known as “Brian’s Magic 12 Hour Spinathon”, will be held in aid of Aspire on Tuesday 29th April from 6:30am at the Aspire National Training Centre in Stanmore.

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Aspire and emh homes to launch second accessible house in Northampton

Press Releases   •   Apr 15, 2014 12:08 BST

Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, will launch a new Aspire House on Thursday 17th April in Northampton, in partnership with emh homes.  The house will be officially opened by Brian Binley MP.

Every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Due to the general lack of accessible housing in the UK, many spinal injured people face the prospect of delayed discharge, being discharged into nursing homes or having to live in unsuitable housing. Unsuitable housing can mean anything from returning to a house where they will have to wash in the kitchen because the bathroom is inaccessible, to only being able to leave the property when friends or family are around to carry them out to the pavement outside. Aspire Houses provide temporary accessible homes for people with spinal cord injuries while a more permanent solution is being arranged.

The house has been provided to Aspire by emh homes under a management agreement.

Nikki Chawda, Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods at emh homes, said: “We are proud to be working with Aspire and raising the standard for accessible housing. This is the second home we have provided for them in Northampton, and we are also providing several more in Leicestershire. Helping people to live independently and safe is one of our principal aims.”   

Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, commented: “We are delighted to be working with emh homes once again.  This is our second house with emh homes in the Northampton area, and Aspire now has 38 accessible houses around the UK.  89% of spinal injured people are forced to live in inaccessible accommodation after they leave hospital. Aspire helps people live an independent life by providing temporary homes with fully accessible features whilst their permanent accessible housing is arranged.”

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For further information, or to attend the launch, please contact Laura Haynes, Communications Manager at Aspire, on 020 8420 8957 or email laura.haynes@aspire.org.uk

emh homes is one of the leading providers of housing and housing-related support services in the East Midlands. It has around 18,000 homes across more than 35 local authority areas in the region. For more information, visit www.emhhomes.org.uk (website live on May 1st).   

Aspire is a leading national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injuries.  For more information, visit www.aspire.org.uk. Aspire is Registered Charity Number 1075317


Aspire is a leading charity, supporting the 40,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at anytime and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury, helping them move from injury to independence.
The services that Aspire provides are Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.

Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, will launch a new Aspire House on Thursday 17th April at 1pm in Northampton, in partnership with emh homes. The house will be officially opened by Brian Binley MP.

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Disabled fitness instructor supports disabled groups to get active

Press Releases   •   Apr 14, 2014 16:07 BST

Successive volunteer, Patrick Mahaffey from Harrow, qualified as a fitness instructor through the multi-award winning InstructAbility Programme. Patrick is one of many newly qualified disabled fitness instructors who are proving that disability is no barrier to a career in the fitness industry.

About Aspire

Supporting people with spinal injury

Aspire is a national charity supporting the 40,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by a spinal cord injury, helping them move from injury to independence.
The services that Aspire provides are Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.