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  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

  • The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

Free Tickets to Swiss Handicap 2019

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Swiss Handicap will take place again in Lucerne this year on 29th and 30th November with the theme “work”. Over 100 exhibitors will gather at this unique national trade fair to promote independence and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Our Community will join this year’s event with a 20-minutes-talk given by Johannes, our Community Manager, on Saturday the 30th at 13.30. You can also visit exhibits from particular members of the Swiss Paraplegic Group during the two-day event.

Paraplegia, the benefactors’ magazine by Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, has offered a voucher code for its readers to attend Swiss Handicap 2019 for free. Details are available here (see on page 5).

See you at Swiss Handicap 2019!

Adaptive Halloween Costumes

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Last-minute preparation is rarely possible for people with disabilities. However, it’s feasible this year for children with disabilities who like to dress up for trick or treat.

Target, one of the largest retailers in the US, has been introducing adaptive clothing for kids since 2017. Now, the company has added a line of inclusive and adaptive Halloween costumes for kids aged 2 to 15. The line includes costumes which are easy dressing and wheelchair-friendly as well as covers which are adjustable to fit various wheelchair sizes.

To find out more about these new adaptive Halloween costumes, read USA Today’s article: Boo-tiful! Target’s adaptive Halloween costumes help every child ‘bask in the fun’.

The Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Suit

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Recently, a paralysed man known as Thibault has been able to walk again using a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit during a clinical trial at Clinatec research centre in Grenoble, France. He has joined the clinical trial since 2017. Before his attempt with the exoskeleton, he has been practicing with the two sensors implanted on his brain on a virtual character in a computer game.

What’s special about this exoskeleton? What does it mean for Thibault being able to walk with it? Find out more in the articles below:

Interabled Couple in Poland

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Remember Shane & Hannah: the interabled couple we reported earlier this year? They got engaged just months after in June! In August, the couple took off to their second overseas trip together in…POLAND!

Before their trip, they were told by many that Poland is not that accessible for travelers in wheelchair. But is that true? Here’re their stories:

  • It’s Not Working: Squirmy and Grubs, Hannah and Shane’s nicknames for each other as well as the name of their YouTube channel, held their first meet-up in Poland, and it was such a great turnout!

UK’s “New” Disability Measures?

With 14 million people living with a disability in the country, the UK Prime Minister announced new measures last week to address the inequalities these people face. These measures include higher accessibility standards for new housing, greater workplace support for disabled people, new cross-government disability team and more.

Full details about the new measures:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-new-drive-to-tackle-barriers-faced-by-disabled-people

Do you think it’s a breakthrough for people with disabilities in the UK? What else can be done to ensure people with disabilities are at the heart of government policy?

Our new Community

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Glad to have you back! We have done a lot to make sure that you find your way around quickly and feel at home – including this new section, where we regularly post latest tips, information, links, articles, videos, etc. Read this post if you want to know what other new features you can expect here. We hope you like the new Community :-)

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