Mani Djazmi and Tony Shearman in the gym
Factsheet: Blindness For Beginners: Keeping fit
HIGHER RATE DLA TO SEVERELY VISUALLY-IMPAIRED PEOPLE
The Government tabled regulations today to extend the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance to severely visually-impaired people from April 2011. Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People, said: "The Coalition Government is committed to making sure that help gets to the people who need it. We’ve taken steps today to extend the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance to severely visually impaired people from next April. This will mean that around 22,000 people will get an additional £30.90 a week, giving them greater independence in their everyday work and home life."
BLINDNESS FOR BEGINNERS – KEEPING FIT
Guests: Peter White, In Touch presenter; Richard Lane, visually-impaired reporter; Emma Tracey, visually-impaired reporter; Tony Shearman, visually-impaired reporter and gym user.
In the latest in the series ‘Blindness for Beginners’, Mani Djazmi looks at ways blind and partially-sighted people keep fit.
Peter White tells Mani that although he enjoys walking, he finds it too stressful, avoiding objects and other people, and says most ways of exercising involve sighted assistance.
Mani meets Richard Lane, who shares his passion for tandem cycling, which he does with his sighted pilot Mark.
Emma Tracey has found that she can walk briskly with her guide dog and remove the element of stress that Peter spoke of.
Tony Shearman invites Mani to his local gym, which has made its equipment accessible for him by using bump-ons to help him locate the controls on the running machines.
Inclusive Fitness Initiative
4 Park Square
Newton Chambers Road
Tel: 0114 2572060 - Textphone users add prefix 18001
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) is a programme supporting the fitness industry to become more inclusive, catering for the needs of disabled and non-disabled people, raising physical activity participation levels.
Tel: 0844 736 8450 (Direct line 01483 238 337)
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