Aaron Fotheringham masters double back flip

With the help of a 60-foot bungee cord Aaron Fotheringham managed to perform a double back flip in his wheelchair. The 18-year-old from Las Vegas, who goes by the nickname Wheelz, started out by going to a skate park with his older brother Brian who rides a BMX bike. After looking on for a while, he decided to join his brother in the fun. His initial goal was becoming the first person in a wheelchair to land a single back flip. After reaching his goal in 2006, he decided to aim a bit higher this year. He hooked up with Nitro Circus and started practising for their live tour. It took a lot of training until he was finally able to land a double back flip during an extreme sports camp. “I don’t think of myself as being in a wheelchair. I’m on a wheelchair. I ride it like it’s a bike,” Fotheringham told CNN. “Just go out there and live. Just have fun.”
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Aaron Fotheringham celebrates landing his first double back flip in a wheelchair

Inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to health

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has issued a call for tender to collect information on the extent to which vulnerable groups may suffer from inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to health in the EU. More specifically the project will explore access to health among vulnerable groups at the intersection of age, gender and ethnic origin. The research will also include access to health among persons with disabilities. Promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities is a major objective in the European Union, but also internationally. People with disabilities often face difficulties when they try to use health services. In recent years, the phenomenon of multiple discrimination has been increasingly acknowledged, but to date little is known on the groups more likely to face it and the sectors concerned. Closing date of the call for tender is September 27, 2010.
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In its Communication on "Solidarity in Health" the European Commission invited FRA to collect information on health inequalities in the EU

Making sense of inclusive education

Dr. Andrew Azzopardi, lecturer at the University of Malta, recently published a book which he edited, "Making Sense of Inclusive Education: Where Everyone Belongs", which brings together the views of stakeholders and researchers in the field. The idea behind the publication was to explore inclusive education from different points of view. In fact, contributors include academics and researchers, as well as a person who works for a state-funded agency which provides services to disabled people and their families, parent activists for the rights of persons with an intellectual disability, and people working directly in the education sector, such as administrators, teachers and learning support assistants. The book can be used by students and policy makers, and also includes Thinking Points for every Chapter to encourage discussion and reflection.
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“Our thinking needs to be different. Rather than focusing on the impairment alone, we need to look at the needs of different students" - Dr. Andrew Azzopardi

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