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Ouch! disability talk show #87: Planning holidays, and military rehab

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Vaughan | 11:38 UK time, Monday, 2 July 2012

Liz Carr and Rob Crossan, hosts of Ouch! disability talk show

A mum of two children with learning disabilities and a travel-mad powerchair user tell us their holiday complexities. Plus Clarence Adoo and Charles Hazlewood from the Paraorchestra, and the ex-military Paralympians who use sport for their rehab. With Liz Carr and Rob Crossan.

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• Can going on holiday ever become just too much trouble? Liz and Rob read your Facebook and Twitter responses. Plus, Alexa, mother to two children with the genetic condition Fragile X who rely on routine and experience sensory overload, and Martyn, a powerchair user with a serious case of wanderlust, talk about their complex and lengthy holiday prep.

• Ex-trumpet player Clarence Adoo is paralysed from the shoulders down and is a member of the UK Paraorchestra, an 18-strong disabled music ensemble. He chats about learning to master the electronic head-operated wind instrument invented just for him. And founder Charles Hazlewood, the conductor, joins by phone to explain how this unique orchestra came about.

• Tony Garrett speaks to injured soldier-turned-athlete Derek Derenalagi. And Rob and Liz find out more about how the military and the Paralympic movement are working together to help disabled ex soldiers reach their sporting potential.

• The Beathovens are a Wirrel-based rock band made up of people with autism. We end the show with Me, Myself and I, their song about life on the autistic spectrum.

Related links

Links to people and information featured in the latest podcast from Ouch!

Martyn's Travel advice: PAs, powerchairs and plenty of planning
Twitter: Follow Alexa, mum of two children with Fragile X, who talked to Liz and Rob about holidaying

Latest Team GB Paralympics news - BPA website
Battleback: MOD sports initiative helping injured service men and women through rehab and beyond
Jimmy Carr: 'I thought my Paralympics joke was totally acceptable' (The Guardian)

Clarence Adoo: Disabled musician and ParaOrchestra member
The British ParaOrchestra

YouTube: Me, Myself and I - The Beathovens' autism song


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