After 50 years of service, The North and West Yorkshire ASBAH had their first ever Community Conference. It was held on the 16th of October, at Hollins Hall Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Bradford. This was a day planned especially for people in the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus communities to come together and celebrate. There was lots of information on continence care, PIP and DLA form advice, education, and pressure ulcer prevention and cure.

During the first workshop, I joined the PURSUN Group from Leeds, to do a presentation on Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Cure. It was very good to meet Delia Muir and share my experiences on the subject.

Heather Chapman was at the ASBAH Charity conference, talking to wheelchair users about nutritional therapy by Wheely Therapy. Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.

Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.

Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine. It is relevant both for individuals looking to enhance their health and wellbeing and for those with chronic conditions wishing to work with or ‘consult’ a nutritional therapist in collaboration with other suitably qualified healthcare professionals.

I also learned about SEND. This presentation workshop was about guidance on the special educational needs and disability system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, which started on 1 September 2014. The questionnaire that the presenter gave out, was a very good teaching tool.

Additionally, there were stalls and activities for the children. There were free prizes and charity merchandise on display as well. One of our sponsors, Irwin Mitchell, provided bags with freebies inside too. They also support the SHINE Charity.

Dr. Kate Wildig was the guest speaker who ended the whole conference. North and West Yorkshire ASBAH has a good support group. Use It!

About Daniella-Jade Lowe

Hello, My name is Daniella Jade Lowe. I am a PURSUN researcher and I am working on marketing myself as an Accessibility Consultant. Journalism and Politics are my passion. I have a BA degree in History and Politics. What type of disability do you have? At birth, I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus which are neurological conditions. As a result, I use a wheelchair for mobility. What is disability to you? The only disability is a bad attitude. I have a disability. It doesn’t completely define me; it just enhances me in a way which differentiates and strengthens me. My disability should be viewed as an ability: to see the world in a different way. I don’t really like the term because sometimes it indirectly implies someone is dysfunctional or helpless. The most important thing is to never make assumptions. Someone with a disability can be very, physically, fit and strong, highly intelligent and articulate. What has been your experience from the time you remember till now? - positive and negative experiences. My life as a wheelchair user has been generally okay. Wheelchair Accessibility is frustrating. I was teased a little in school. Other than that, life is great. How do you cope with: -daily activities - your disability, do you have times when you are down - people's reactions towards you. I have carers, a Social worker, District Nurses, a GP, and extended family in this country. I am also in contact with a local disability charity in Yorkshire. I also have a friendly landlord. How do you keep yourself motivated? I must stay organised and practice good time management. I also prioritise my plans. What is your word or advice - to those with disabilities? - to the society Don’t let people put you in a box. You have a voice, use it. 10. Tell us about your platforms if you have any- Blog: The View from Where I Sit Facebook: Daniella Jade Lowe Instagram: @daniellajadelowe/@theviewfromwheresitblog Thank you!