Previously broadcast webinars available to view at www.reachinsights.live and below!
Para Taekwondo fighter, Amy Truesdale has had quite the impressive medal tally over the years and is best known for her World Championship wins in 2014 and 2017. In 2019 alone Amy won a bronze medal in the European Para Taekwondo Open Championships, Gold in the Asian Para Open Taekwondo Championships, Gold in the Korea Open Para Taekwondo, and in the African Para Taekwondo Championships, Amy won yet another Gold!
Representing GB, Amy’s primary aim is to win gold at Para Taekwondo’s debut at Tokyo in 2021 and then hopefully do the same in Paris in 2024. Amy is also a keen advocate for disability sport and has made it her mission to raise awareness, she will be talking with Alastair about her sporting journey also focussing on her training and how she adapts exercise and methods to best suit her needs.
Andy Brittles – LimbPower – National Sports Development Officer
Continuing the conversation around sport, Andy Brittles will be chatting with Alastair about his role in LimbPower in supporting and providing sporting opportunities with schools, clubs and other organisations. While LimbPower focus on the sports our community have said are their gateway to sports (swimming, walking, cycling, running and going to the gym) they also work with a number of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport for their events and activities.
Ruth Lester OBE – Retired Consultant Hand Surgeon, ‘How Hand Surgeons Think’ presentation plus Live Q&A’s
A member of The British Society for Surgery of the Hand, Ruth holds the position of honorary consultant plastic surgeon at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Originally trained as a plastic surgeon, Ruth became a consultant as a Burns Surgeon at the Birmingham Accident Hospital, where she discovered a need for hand surgery. Around 1990, Ruth was contacted by the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, requesting that she join them to help with children’s hand conditions. She then went on to negotiate a transfer to The Birmingham Children’s Hospital as she found that she wanted to operate on children at a younger age and therefore needed the facilities of a children’s hospital.
After retiring in 2015, The Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust were of course delighted to hear of Ruth’s OBE award received for her pioneering work in caring for children and young people with hand and upper limb differences, describing her “constant dedication to improving the care and support for the children and families she looks after” as “an inspiration to us all. Not only is she an expert in her field, but she is a wonderful and humble human being who has put young people at the heart of everything that she’s done.”
A valued member on the Reach Board of Trustees, Ruth was a key speaker at the 2017 Annual Family Weekend and regularly helps advise and supports members. Ruth will be discussing ‘How does a surgeon think?
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Joanna Allen – Disability Inclusion. For me, its personal.
Joanna, proud mum to 8 year old Daisy and 6 year old James, wife, CEO of graze, and co-chair of enable, Unilever‘s employee network for people with disabilities alongside Nakul Gaur talks with Alastair and shares her story. Discovery of James’s upper limb difference at her 20 week scan started a whistle-stop tour of further testing, screening, a daunting amniocentesis, DNA scans, options being presented. Together, Joanna and her husband confronted the possibility of the darkest of scenarios.
Join Joanna and listen to her journey of how early support gave hope, viewing her pregnancy ‘the opportunity to reflect on my own behaviour and bias’ and on how inclusive Joanne previously viewed herself – as an individual, as a friend, as a marketeer.
Cornwall Mobility is the largest mobility centre in the UK. Mobility centres aim, is to provide solutions, services, support and reassurance to people of all ages who face independence and mobility challenges. Some of the most commonly asked questions we have enquiries about, are about learning to drive with an upper limb difference.
Sascha Jacob and Joanna Dixon from Cornwall Mobility will be sharing a presentation which will enlighten and inform, covering license application, coding on licenses, assessments, costs and adaptations. They will also be demonstrating various adaptations that can be fitted in a car.
Remap – Custom made equipment to help people live more independent lives
In 1964 Pat Johnson, an engineer with ICI, decided to help his disabled sister by making some improvements to her home because as a wheelchair user, she was experiencing difficulties in managing daily life. By 1968 a network of groups or panels of volunteers were set up across the country. The acronym Remap officially stands for Rehabilitation Engineering Movement Advisory Panel but these days it is now known as Resourceful Engineers Make Anything Possible. Remap now covers the whole of the UK and completes 3,500 projects every year helping young and older disabled people to become more independent, and all for free!
Alastair Greener will be joined by Remap’s Chair of trustees, Peter Cattermole, who shares a practical demonstration of a project he worked on and will be joined by Ethan, who benefited from the design and his mum, and Andrea the occupational therapist who was able to advise.
As their strapline implies ‘making things possible’ is there aim, if there is something you thought you could never get an adaption or modification made to make life a little simpler for you, email any questions or enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to Remap at email@example.com or by phone on 01732 760209
Back in March 2020 Reach and LimbBo Foundation collaborated with Mitt and supplied children to Mitt prosthesis for free and for a whole year!
Join Nate and DBF Ambassador Alex Lewis, who will be discussing how Project Limitless has grown, a demonstration of the Mitt and its range of adaptions, and also details of how you can register your child to join, and be involved in this amazing project!
Previous speakers at our Annual Family Weekends, Dorothy and her team at BOLDkids and collaboration with Professor Tamar Makin, an expert on brain plasticity at the UCL Plasticity Lab are no strangers to Reach!
Dorothy discusses their ongoing studies and research project where everyday behaviour and brain development is studied in children with limb differences. Their aim is to keep building a better understanding of the amazing ways in which these children develop to not only cope with, but thrive with, their upper limb differences.
For more information about current and up and coming studies click here BOLDkids Followup
Watch Alastair Greener interview Dr Dorothy Cowie!