icandance - Shine

Annual Charity, Relaxed Performance

Snap were delighted to support this fabulous annual event at the majestic Alexandra Palace in north London; one we have seen grow and evolve each year into a really stunning, inclusive show. 

Children attend local dance classes throughout the year and all their hard work and practice culminates in a wonderful afternoon of dance and music. Run entirely by volunteers, each year we have marveled at just how they manage to coordinate such an event, with over 50 children all with varying needs!

This was a 'Relaxed Performance' and one of the delightful 'off-cue' moments was when a little girl who had finished her performance and was back (supposedly seated!) in the audience, couldn't resist getting up again and dancing her socks off facing her peers, with her back to the audience! 
Kamila, Juliet and Sally at icandance inclusive performance
Kamila and Sally had a wonderful afternoon and were delighted to have a quick chat after the show with the much-in-demand, icandance founder and principle, Juliet Diener!


Sepsis Wear Red Day

Snap turns Red!

We were pleased to support the annual campaign on 19th July by the UK Sepsis Trust to raise awareness of this potentially devastating condition. 
Rachael at Snap Wears Red to support Sepsis Awareness Day Sally puts on the red lipstick for Wear Red Day Sepsis Awareness

Just ask "Could it Be Sepsis?"

Know the signs 
Report: Call for better awareness among healthcare professionals and public

NHS England Factsheet

Making information and the words we use accessible

This is a very useful factsheet from NHS England which discusses making information accessible and thinking about the words we use regarding disabled people. 

Staff at Snap are always mindful to use the right language of course, but this information gave us food for thought!

Do you think this sentence could be written in a more appropriate way?

'The role of support worker will include enabling the client to access the community'. Take a look at the factsheet and see!

Making Information and the words we use accessible

BBC News: New Disability Emojis

New emojis that aim to better represent disabled people to be launched in the Autumn

Some new emojis - including a wheelchair user, people with walking sticks and a hearing aid - have been revealed. Apple and Android have provided a look at a selection of the new designs on World Emoji Day, ahead of a full release in the autumn.
New emojis better representing disabled people

An Apple spokesman said: "Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple's values.


Fundraising to Walk Again

Lucy Dodd achieves her goal to buy Re-Walk personal 6.0 exoskeleton

Lucy was just 18 when she was diagnosed with spinal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a rare condition that creates an abnormal tangle of blood vessels on my spinal cord. Surgery eventually removed the AVM, but her spine was damaged and she was left paralysed from the waist down on her left side - and told she would never walk again. 

In 2017 Lucy came across the Re-Walk exoskeleton, a device which could enable Lucy to walk again. At £80,000, it's not a bit of kit your order one afternoon on Amazon, so Lucy set up to raise funds. 

In March 2019 she reached her £80,000 target. Last month, she took her first independent step. 

Read Lucy's amazing story through her blog and Tweets:


Milestone reached! Lucy take her first unsupported few steps!

Charlene Hughes - Boyes TurnerBoyes Turner Logo

What Is Mental Capacity?

Mental capacity is the ability to make decisions for yourself.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 is a law in England and Wales designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions. It applies to people aged 16 and over. There is a Code of Practice which provides additional information about how the MCA works in practice.

Read the full article here

Ten-year-old Sara Hinesley wins a national handwriting competition, she was born without hands and doesn't use prosthetics - well done that girl!

Disabled AccessPhysically disabled Jamil attends another music concert with his support worker

"I gig in my wheelchair every week"

We loved this article about Jamil's experiences as a disabled person who loves to attend music gigs, loves it so much he tries to go every week! 

His experiences vary considerably from the level of assessability of the venue and public transport, staff attitudes and costs. These can vary considerably depending on whether he has to pay for his support worker or not.  

Read Jamil's story here


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