Yearly Archives: 2018

Great Books – Proceeds to Charities!

Mike Brace's books - proceeds go to two charities

Here is a great idea for some Christmas presents and you get to help two charities at the same time! Mike Brace books on Amazon

Vice President and one of our founders Mike Brace CBE, now has his books available on Amazon. The proceeds for the books goes to St. Francis Hospice and to ⁦


Where There’s A Will: The Autobiography of Mike Brace CBE, DL, Part 1

Mike Brace CBE DL was blinded by a firework at the age of ten. Despite this, he has enjoyed incredible sporting success, and has received a CBE for services to disabled sport. The story of one man’s determined and courageous fight against blindness, this is Mike’s first book, published in 1981, the same year he featured as the subject on ‘This Is Your Life’.

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Don’t ask me, ask the dog!: The autobiography of Mike Brace CBE DL: Part 2

In Part 2 of Mike’s autobiography we learn: * what happened with Brian Johnson and Eammon Andrews on This is Your Life * more about Mike’s challenges and successes in his business life * about Mike’s part in London’s successful olympic bid * how Mike fell for Izzy, with his wife Mo’s full support! * and much, much more …
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Blind Developer in a Sighted Team

Blind Developer in a Sighted Team

Stories from the Trenches: What I’ve learned from Working as a Blind Developer for a Sighted Dev Team


Before I can claim any familiarity with the material I am about to present, both myself and the topic at hand need to be introduced. This will set the stage for the later portions of the article.

I am a Dutch developer, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in IT. During my time as a student, as well as after graduating, I have worked for various companies as a back-end web developer who is slowly but surely also migrating to more and more front-end work, the technological landscape being what it is. I have worked with a variety of technologies, from C# to Python and from Rails to JavaScript.
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Women only Martial Arts!

Women Only Martial Arts

Super Tuesday Women only self-defence sessions with MMARAP

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Aspiration Fund & Paralympic Sports

Aspiration Fund & Paralympic Sports

Badminton and wheelchair rugby are among the sports to benefit from the funding

Tokyo 2020: Fourteen sports to get funding boost from Aspiration Fund

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Fourteen Olympic and Paralympic sports have received investment from the new £3m Aspiration Fund to help support their ambitions for Tokyo 2020.

The government-backed Aspiration Fund was announced in October this year and aims to support those sports which do not receive full UK Sport funding.

The sports to benefit are archery, artistic swimming, badminton, beach volleyball, climbing, fencing, goalball, karate, skateboarding, softball, surfing, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby.

Sports Minister Mims Davies said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle for athletes across the world.

“This £3m fund will give more athletes in more sports the chance to compete at the very top in Tokyo.

“It will help Great Britain and Northern Ireland continue to be a leading Olympic and Paralympic nation and I am sure the athletes that will benefit will inspire the nation and help their sports grow.”

Great Britain won 67 medals, including 27 golds, at the 2016 Olympics and 147 medals, including 64 golds, at the 2016 Paralympics.

Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, added: “This new Aspiration Fund is a fantastic opportunity for these athletes and sports to get on track for the Tokyo Games.

“Many of the sports we are currently unable to support, while further away from reaching the podium, have the potential not only to inspire through their performances on the field of play but also to inspire new audiences to engage in sport and activity.

“We’d like to thank the government for their continued support for UK Sport’s mission to inspire the nation through Olympic and Paralympic success.”

How much will each sport get?

The following table includes the breakdown of investments, less the costs of running the programme.

Artistic swimming
Beach volleyball
Table tennis
Wheelchair rugby
Unallocated funds*

*£118,496 will be held by UK Sport to consider investments for sports to attend qualification events where appropriate, e.g. women’s basketball.


Blind Woman Developing Tech

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

Chieko Asakawa received Japan’s Medal of Honour for her contribution to accessibility research – photo © BBC

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others!

original article on  by By Virginia Harrison

An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she’s worked to create technology – now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) – to transform life for the visually impaired.

“When I started out there was no assistive technology,” Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says.”I couldn’t read any information by myself. I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.”

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