Snap News: May 2019
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Annual Charity Performance

We are delighted to share details of the annual show from our friends at icandance - a fabulous London-based charity that provides dance & performance opportunities to children and young people with disabilities.
Snap are so happy to help support icandance and we can't wait to attend this wonderful event  - we hope to see you there!

Book Tickets Here!

World's first CrossFit trainer with cerebral palsyPhoto of Steph Hammerman First cross-fit trainer with cerebral palsy

Meet Steph 'The Hammer' Hammerman

Steph Hammerman was born with cerebral palsy and doctors believed she would never walk, talk, read or write.

But the 29-year-old from North Carolina, who has also fought off cancer, has become the world's first CrossFit trainer with the condition.

Hear Steph's motivational story on the BBC

Tideway Sailability LogoTideway Sailability

A unique sailing club in central London where people with or without a disability all sail together as one community

Group Photo at SailabilityTideway Sailability has a team of dedicated sailors, who volunteer their time and skills to ensure every visitor has the best sailing experience possible.

The fleet includes specialist dinghies which have been designed for people with disabilities; some of these enable those with the most limited mobility to sail using an electric servo assist system operated by either a wheelchair style joystick controller, a chin control or a sip & puff system.

The servo system operates the ropes and rudder but the sailor reads the wind direction, sets the sails and carries out the same manoeuvres as for any sailing boat. These specialist Access dinghies ensure sailors with a disability can experience true independence.

Read more, including opportunities to volunteer!

Changing Places Toilets Changing Places Toilet Logo

Proposals under consultation until 21st July 

New, or majorly refurbished, large buildings used by the public must have Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people, under government proposals announced on 12th May 2019.

The proposals, being consulted on until 21st July, are expected to add the toilets to more than 150 new buildings a year, including shopping centres, supermarkets, cinemas, stadiums and arts venues.

Read more here
Changing Places Toilets, a Consultation Paper


We love this, image with heartWe Love This!

Pupil taking GCSEs using eye movement

Will, a pupil at Lonsdale School in Stevenage, is using Tobii Eye Gaze to take his GCSE's. Listen out for the wonderful comment from deputy head, Sally Taylor!

Pupil takes GCSE's using eye movement

Charlene Hughes - Boyes TurnerBoyes Turner Logo

Buying insurance if you have a disability

Buying the right insurance at a reasonable price can be difficult if you have a disability or health condition.

Insurance companies are not allowed to refuse you insurance because you are disabled or offer you worse terms than other customers. However, they can impose special conditions or charge you extra for a policy if they can show that there is a greater risk of you needing to make a claim.

Download the full article here

Billy Monger's First Win!Billy Monger wins Pau Grand Prix

Pau Grand Prix

Just 2 years after his horrific crash, the remarkable Billy Monger has his first win - we don't think it will be his last! 

Well done @BillyMonger!


The OT Practice

The role of Alexa in Clinical Practice

Whilst OT’s and Case Managers work together to identify new ways of increasing our client's independence & autonomy within their lives and homes; we are also responsible for ensuring we provide timely and economically efficient solutions.

Collectively we are looking to mainstream technology innovators such as Amazon and Google and are utilising their exciting product portfolios to achieve remarkable, yet cost-effective clinical outcomes.

Virtual personal assistants are an increasingly popular resource to enable independence within the home. Read our article that looks at the clinical aptitude of Alexa, Amazon's latest smart speaker.

Read The Full Article

PanoramaHospital Abuse Scandal BBC Image

Hospital Abuse Scandal

We like our newsletter to be filled with informative and positive articles, but every now and then something hits the news that, no matter how unpleasant, simply can't be ignored.

The BBC sent an undercover reporter to Whorlton Hall and revealed appalling cruelty and abuse. Thanks to the programme, 10 arrests were made. The National Autistic Society (NAS) started a campaign to call upon the Government to end the abuse and mistreatment of autistic people and people with a learning disability in inpatient units.

The link to watch the programme is below, but please be aware it contains highly distressing content. 

iPlayer, BBC Panorama

To sign the NAS petition, please click here


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Send your nuggets to or call Jackie on 020 7729 2200 

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