A celebration of ability: wheelchairs are awesome!
Whether you followed the Paralympic Games or not, Rio 2016 had a huge impact on the way in which, as a society, we view people with disabilities and, although we didn’t all agree with the popular social media trend #SuperHumans as part of Channel 4’s ‘Year of Disability’, the concept of celebrating the achievements & abilities of disabled people rather than focusing on the things we can’t do was something of a mainstream media first.
Traditional portrayal of disabled people in the media is all too often negative; we’re painted as victims or antagonists or our disabilities are used as plot devices to communicate a specific moral message. And, speaking as a disabled person, I can’t help but feel this is not the way it should be.
Thankfully, though, the way in which we as a society view disabled people and discuss disability is slowly changing, and we’re now finally engaging with the notion that, actually, disability doesn’t have to have a negative impact on a person’s life.
Subverting the expectation of disability as negative is Erik Kondo who created the short video ‘Wheelchairs are Awesome!’ – a stunning (and pretty incredible) exploration of why wheelchairs are actually amazing tools; from epic somersaults performed in wheelchairs to wheelchair bungie-jumping.
Of course, Enham Trust lives and breathes the message underlying in this video; the message that, regardless of your disability, you should be supported to do anything your heart desires, and there’s always a way to achieve your aspirations.
We call this the ‘Power of Yes’.
Please take a few minutes to watch Erik Kondo’s video, but please, ensure you don’t try any of this at home!
Join us at the 2018 Enham Fun Day
Leading disability charity, Enham Trust have teamed up with the Enham Alamein Parish Council and Smannell & Enham Primary School, to hold a family friendly Fun Day.
Marvellous Marmalade Makers!
Clients and residents at leading Hampshire-based disability charity Enham Trust, recently made their own marmalade through our on-site Training Kitchen, one of our life-skill services.
Runners brave the heat to raise over £11,000 for disability charity
Eight determined individuals took part in the widely anticipated London Marathon on Sunday 22nd March in aid of leading Hampshire-based disability charity Enham Trust.
Free equipment for everyone booking Move Training in 2018!
The Move Programme has teamed up with Jiraffe – one of the country’s leading disability equipment providers – to provide a brilliant offer for all organisations undertaking training in The Move Programme in the year 2018.
Disability Confident event brings local businesses together at Enham Trust to challenge attitudes
Leading Hampshire-based disability charity Enham Trust held its first Disability Confident event on the 23rd March, with exclusive guests Sarah Newton, Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health and Kit Malthouse MP, Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance in attendance.