May you live in interesting times

Have you heard of the curse, “May you live in interesting times”. An old English curse falsely attributed to the Chinese philosopher, Confucius.These are interesting times. Times, when we look back to the Brexit crisis and think of it as the good old days. We could introspectively consider it preparation for the anxiety and uncertainty […]

Help for Lockdown Sufferers

Do you remember the first pandemic film? Not the 2007 Will Smith version the original Omega Man, Charlton Heston (candidly the original was with Vincent Price, but I didn’t see that one), who is the only human left in the world following an epidemic. The rest of humanity were either turned into zombies or had […]

Ordrs

If you have certain disabilities then some day to day activities can be pretty hard to do. Shopping, in particular, can be quite a challenge. Wheelchair accessibility can be poor, communication with shopkeepers can be limited for the Deaf, searching shelves a barrier to the blind. There are delivery services run by supermarkets that allow […]

When accessibility is lip service

One of the activities at Appa me ltd is teaching. We teach hearing people British Sign Language (BSL) to foster communication and accessibility between hearing and Deaf communities. There already plenty of issues surrounding this, such as lack of the current lack of a GCSE in BSL  (see Independent article) or even the recognition of […]

Whorlton Hall

A Statement by APPA BBC Panorama recently aired a documentary about Whorlton Hall, a specialist hospital for the treatment of vulnerable adults. The torture that the staff inflicted on these patients angered and sickened us. The Care Quality Commission failed in it duty to protect the vulnerable patients it is responsible for through failing to […]

Spring is on its Way

What does it mean for You? by Michaela Aitken What a wonderful day its bright out, my coat stays on the hanger as I walk my dog Dfa around our local park, its 15 degrees with some light fluffy clouds. March has given us an insight as to how glorious spring and summer can be […]

PIP suffers blow on mental health at High Court

UPDATE: The PIP saga rumbles on with the Government now committed to reviewing 1.6 million claims at a cost of £3.7 Billion by 2023. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42862904 It seems to have gone somewhat unnoticed but the much-maligned Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has lost a significant case at the High Court over mental health issues. On the 19th of January they […]

Philip Hammond, Why Blame the Disabled?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Productivity fell this year between March and June by 0.1 per cent despite people working for longer hours, the ONS found. Chancellor Philip Hammond had this to say; “It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement […]

MidlandsAbility

MidlandsAbility Improving Workplace Opportunity for those with Disabilities Our director Imran Umar had the pleasure of attending the MidlandsAbility Network Launch at KPMG in Birmingham. MidlandsAbility is an exciting new network which aims to increase confidence in recruiting, developing and retaining employees with a disability. MidlandsAbility is made up of a core group of Midlands […]

The Great Appa Bake Off: Patisserie

As some of you may be aware there’s a rather popular TV show on right now,  The Great British Bake Off. We thought it was a great opportunity to start The Great Appa Bake Off. Every week will we be baking something new and exciting in line with the programs themes. Each week the bakes will be judged and […]