"I can still live the life that I want to live.” - Spinal Cord Injuries Day 2013

May 23, 2013 15:42 BST Aspire 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).

Spinal Cord Injuries Day - Friday 17th May

May 16, 2013 10:48 BST Aspire 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.

Redevelopment plans for the RNOH, Stanmore

Mar 29, 2013 15:39 GMT Aspire 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.

Feb 12, 2013 11:24 GMT Aspire 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 Aspire 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.

InstructAbility for injured sports players and Marines

Jan 09, 2013 15:39 GMT Aspire 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.

Sports Quiz Success

Nov 13, 2012 10:36 GMT Aspire Last Thursday saw the ninth Aspire Sports Quiz Dinner in Manchester, with a sell-out crowd of over 240 corporate VIP’s attending the event.

Nov 01, 2012 11:42 GMT Aspire New research shows that one in five people who sustain a spinal cord injury will end up living in a care home and that this has a devastating impact on their health and wellbeing.

Assistive Technology Conference 2012

Oct 26, 2012 15:50 BST Aspire Hands free iPads, an accessible Nintendo Wii controller, apps to aid accessibility and a computer mouse that you can control with your eyes; these were just some of the technology demonstrated this week at Aspire’s fourth annual Assistive Technology Training Conference in Nottinghamshire.

Paralympic Legacy

Sep 12, 2012 15:57 BST Aspire As the Paralympic Flame was extinguished on Sunday night, the opinion across the country generally seems to be of a job well done. Numerous polls have suggested that London 2012 has changed society’s attitude towards disabled people for the better. But whether this legacy lasts the course remains to be seen.