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‘Why Not People?’ Launched By Jameela Jamil

Radio One DJ, Jameela Jamil tells Able about a new events company that specialises in making sure that there is full accessibility for a large number of disabled people at music venues.

What’s different about Why Not People? is that rather than have them at the side or on a platform, separated from their friends and family, they’ll be at the front, in the middle of all the action with their friends and family.

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ABILITIESme Exhibition Returns To Abu Dhabi

The ABILITIESme exhibition and conference introduces the Middle East community to the latest developments in mobility and, independent living solutions as well as assistive technology and rehabilitation solutions. The exhibition gives disabled people the ideal opportunity to try out the latest technology and innovations.

As well as the exhibition, ABILITIESme will host a conference bringing international and local speakers to Abu Dhabi to discuss government initiatives, new policies, social inclusion and the latest information on trends in accessibility, adaption, rehabilitation and assistive technology for disabled people. The 2015 conference follows on from last year’s successful event where 400 plus attendees with delegates from government, healthcare, education and private sector attended more than 12 hours of free and informative learning was delivered.

ABILITIESme will be held again from March 24 – 26, 2015 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

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Letter to Editor: It’s time for London Fashion Week to ramp up on diversity and accessibility

It’s time for London Fashion Week to ramp up on diversity and accessibility
                                                                                          
London Fashion Week (LFW) drew to a close on Tuesday following a week of catwalk fashionistas displaying the latest designs that will inevitably hit the high street in one form or another in the near future. However, for the approximate 10.8million people living with disabilities in Britain, the catwalk was once again hard to relate to.

Many expected LFW to follow New York Fashion Week’s lead, with the American fashion focal point causing a stir when it promoted diversity in using differently able models as part of their exhibitions and created designs that could be transferred to a wheelchair. The move in the US clearly shows that the fashion industry is becoming more accessible, but it’s now time for British designers to move with the times.

The British Polio Fellowship have long been one of the front runners when it comes to accessibility campaigning. As CEO of the charity, I was proud last year when we created the first ever dress (to our knowledge) that was made to fully incorporate the wheelchair for our ambassador and Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike MBE and we continue to campaign for diversity in the fashion industry.

Many of our members experience challenges with accessibility issues as the result of the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and we know the importance of a diverse and accessible Britain. For more information on The British Polio Fellowship visit www.britishpolio.org.uk

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Accessible Theatre

A new short film shows that theatre is becoming ever more accessible to disabled people.

In a joint-funded initiative, as part of the Visit Britain access project, The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has just launched a great promotional video to highlight the wealth of access initiatives available across London theatre and specifically how SOLT and UK Theatre are supporting accessibility in theatre.

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