May 23, 2013 15:42 BST Last Friday’s Spinal Cord Injuries Day saw a united effort from the charities forming Spinal Injuries Together (Aspire, Back Up, Spinal Injuries Association, Spinal Injuries Scotland and Spinal Research) to raise awareness of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
May 16, 2013 10:48 BST Tomorrow is Spinal Cord Injuries Day, a national day to raise awareness of the life changing effects of Spinal Cord Injury. Every Eight Hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It could happen to any of us at any time as a result of accident or illness.
Apr 18, 2013 15:53 BST According to news reports today, a spinal cord injured man, Paul Lamb, has taken up the late Tony Nicklinson's legal fight for the right to die with the help of a doctor.
Mar 29, 2013 15:39 GMT Aspire’s head office and the National Training Centre are based on the site of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. For years, the hospital has been working on getting planning permission for a complete redevelopment of the site to improve facilities and bring it up to date. Last week, Harrow Council gave the go ahead for exciting plans for a £98million rebuild.
Mar 20, 2013 16:42 GMT This week, The Sunday Times published their 100 Best Companies list. We are delighted to have been ranked as the 29th Best Not for Profit Organisation to Work For, four places higher than last year.
Mar 15, 2013 09:57 GMT This week, the Government changed the policy to include exemptions from the Bedroom Tax for foster carers, people in the armed forces and families with disabled children. However, the changes do not address Aspire’s concerns over people with spinal cord injuries receiving housing benefit.
Feb 28, 2013 15:27 GMT At London 2012, we watched Paralympic athletes become sporting heroes, and opinion polls showed a positive shift in the way disabled people are viewed by society. Six months on and what of all the hope and promise of changed attitudes towards disability?
Feb 12, 2013 11:24 GMT In 2012, Aspire discovered that eligibility criteria for new patients requesting powered wheelchairs in Newham had changed. Residents were expected to use the higher rate mobility component of their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to access the Motability Scheme to lease their own powered wheelchair, even when they had been medically assessed as needing one.
Jan 21, 2013 16:02 GMT Find out about our audit of spinal cord injured people’s needs in Manchester and Cornwall. Aspire is teaming up with other leading spinal injuries charities the Spinal Injuries Association and Back Up, with support from Neurological Commissioning Support and the NHS on this joint project.
Jan 09, 2013 15:39 GMT A brand new InstructAbility course designed to train disabled people as fitness instructors started in Twickenham last week. The course, run by Aspire and YMCAfit, is being hosted at the Twickenham Rugby Football Union (RFU) stadium and the students have the exciting opportunity to train in the stadium’s own fitness gym used by England rugby players.