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Rica News October 2017
Christmas prize draw
Recommend a friend to join RicaWatch!
When they join, you and your friend's name will be entered in the draw with both of you having a chance to win shopping vouchers: first prize is £100, second prize is £50 and third prize is £25.
New members need to answer question 22 on the registration form (Where did you hear about the RicaWatch panel?), tick the box 'Friend or family member' and enter your name as an existing RicaWatch member.
The prize draw will take place at the beginning of December and the winners will be notified before Christmas.
The more people you recruit the more chances you have to win.  You can recruit up to a maximum of three people.
The Christmas prize draw closes Friday 1 December 2017 at 5pm.
Enter by one of 3 ways:
  1. Phone Ed on 020 7427 2463 on Tuesdays or Thursdays 2 - 5pm
  2. Email Ed at info@rica.org.uk
  3. Sign up online below
How cycling helps disabled people
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Our 'Gem of the Month' is our latest guest blog post, which is about cycling.

Isabelle Clement, Director of Wheels for Wellbeing - which supports disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling - writes about the benefits of cycling and invites you to their first ever national conference, Beyond the Bicycle, on Tuesday 7 November 2017 in London.  Read Isabelle's blog post below.
Tennis accessibility guidelines
A Rica trustee was involved in developing new  accessibility guidelines for the Lawn Tennis AssociationThe main points are:
  • Design: accessibility for all kinds of disability, and for the audience as well as players; and
  • Lawn Tennis Association logo
  • Consultation with potential users before building begins.

  • They cover specific important topics, including:
  • General access, such as parking, entrance and reception; and
  • Inside the centre: sports chair zones, seating, toilets and signage.
  • Other news
    Deaf Business Awards
    Nominations are now open for the third annual Deaf Business Awards, which celebrate success in D/deaf-led businesses.  Find out more below.
    Beyond the bicycle
    Beyond the Bicycle conference
    Wheels for Wellbeing are celebrating 10 years of enhancing disabled peoples' lives through the benefits of cycling with the first Beyond the Bicycle Conference. There's more about Wheels for Wellbeing in this month's blog post. Get tickets below.
    Vision Impairment certificate
    Vision 2020 logo
    People with learning difficulties or living with dementia are more likely than others to be eligible for a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI).

    The CVI has now been updated to show that an individual has learning difficulties or dementia as well as a vision impairment, making it easier for them to apply for social care support and/or financial benefits. See more below.
    World Independent Living Network
    The World Independent Living Network (WIN) has been set up to help centres for independent living (CILs) around the world to share information, knowledge, and good practices; to carry out training and to assist CILs from developing countries. Read more below.
    Dis/Ordinary Architecture wins grant
    Man picks up traffic cone in front of vehicle
    The Dis/Ordinary Architecture Project has won a £2,000 grant from the Royal Society of Arts Catalyst fund. The project explores how disability and accessibility can be done 'differently' within architecture, interiors and related design practices by designing with disabled people in mind from the start, instead of treating their requirements as an add-on. Find out more below.