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Joey Evans has always loved bikes, from his first second-hand Raleigh Strika at the age of six to the powerful off-road machines that became his passion later on in his life. His dream was one day to ride the most gruelling off-road race in the world, the 9000km Dakar Rally. In 2007 his dream was shattered when he broke his back in a racing accident. His spinal cord was crushed, leaving him paralysed from just below his chest. Doctors gave him a 10 per cent chance of ever walking again. Many would have given up and become resigned to life in a wheelchair, but not Joey Evans.
Not only would he get back on his feet and walk, but he would also keep his Dakar dream alive. It was a long and painful road to recovery, involving years of intensive rehabilitation and training, but he had the love and support of both family and friends and an incredible amount of determination. Joey shares the many challenges he and his family faced, relating the setbacks, as well as successes, along the way to the Dakar start line. But the start line was only the first goal – his sights were set on reaching the finish line, which he did in 2017 – the only South African to do so.
From Para To Dakar is so much more than the story of one man reaching the Dakar finish line. It is a story of friendship and respect, compassion and kindness. It is about defying the odds to reach a dream, it is about grit, endurance and raw courage, and it is inspiring in its true heroism.
"Why walk when you can soar..."
These are the opening words on Tracy Todd’s website and they are a powerful affirmation of the person Tracy is today – a sought-after inspirational speaker whose uplifting presentations have inspired and given hope to many people. But it is difficult to imagine what she has overcome in a tough and often lonely journey.
At the age of twenty-eight her life was turned upside down when a horrific road accident left her a quadriplegic, paralysed from the neck down. Her life as an athletic, marathon-running young mother and teacher was abruptly shattered. Despite months of rehabilitation, Tracy often found herself wondering if her life was worth living. Everything she had taken for granted was now beyond her reach and frustration at her helplessness threatened to overwhelm her. Against the odds, Tracy chose to live.
Her strength of character and determination prevailed and, sustained by the support of her son, family and friends, her care assistants, and an unbelievably caring community, she set about gaining the independence to rebuild her life and reclaim her identity – which she has done, with dignity and grace. Brave Lotus Flower Rides The Dragon is an honest, inspiring and engaging memoir in which Tracy’s natural warmth and humour are tangible and, most importantly, she embodies what the human spirit can achieve.
In 2011 the world was shocked when the news broke that Joost van der Westhuizen, known for years as the golden boy of South African rugby and a former Springbok captain, had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND).
This rare condition attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive disability. There is no known cure. All who have seen Joost in action will know that he is not one to give up without a fight. His game-changing prowess as a brilliant scrum half is now focused on a battle for survival and, more importantly, on making a difference to the lives of others with the disease. In a race against time, Joost has a dream to fulfil. He says: “In the beginning you go through all the emotions and you ask, ‘Why me?’ It’s quite simple. ‘Why not me?’ If I have to go through this to help future generations, why not me?” His acceptance of his symptoms is equally pragmatic: “One day you can’t move your arm, another day you don’t have speech. Every day you are reborn and you take the day as it comes.”
Glory Game – The Joost van der Westhuizen Story is a compelling narrative of redemption set against the backdrop of an illustrious career in rugby. It is the story of a modern-day warrior forced to face his own human frailty. Joost shows us that beyond ambition, success and fame lies the true wealth of family and friends, and that within a ravaged body the spirit can remain invincible.
This brand new book addresses disability issues, including inclusive education, advocacy and empowerment. Aimed specifically at students studying in South Africa, this book attempts to plug the gap between policy, services and rights for disabled people in South Africa, whilst also helping readers to find a new world view. This book is suitable for both first year undergraduates in inclusive education and senior students and also academics looking to advance theory and lay good foundations for comprehensive, evidence-based practice.
Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end." In that moment, Amy chose to live. Her glimpse of the afterlife-coupled with a mysterious premonition she'd had a month before -became the defining experiences that put Amy's life on a new trajectory after her legs had to be amputated. She wouldn't just beat meningitis and walk again; she would go on to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality-and share that spirit with the world. In 2014, Amy-the only competitor, male or female, with two prosthetic legs-claimed a bronze medal for the U.S. Paralympic team in adaptive snowboarding. She then became a contestant on season eighteen of Dancing With the Stars, and viewers were captivated as the girl with bionic legs managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the finale. Amy's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to dream bigger, defy expectations, and rewrite our stories. Amy was given a second chance for a reason-to use her life to inspire others. Her powerful memoir urges us to live life to the fullest, because we are all a lot more capable than we could ever imagine.
Her business burnt to the ground, her home flooded, family bankruptcy a harsh reality, and yet, these events paled into insignificance for what was to come. Mala was diagnosed with four complex and debilitating, incurable diseases. She became riddled with inflammation and excruciating symptoms. The medical prognosis – no hope and wheelchair bound for the rest of her life. Her relationships and life were falling apart.
But, Mala defied the limited beliefs of medical science and today is walking, dancing, driving and thriving again. How? She used her adverse situation to conduct intensive research resulting in a unique Take-Charge Wellness formula that works! This non-fiction, self-help book is a success story that is both gripping and empowering for those caught up in the stress of everyday life or battling a chronic illness.
This, is Mala’s story, scientifically researched and referenced.
One of the most remarkable memoirs ever written. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless. But his mind remained as active and alert as it had ever been. Using his only functioning muscle - his left eyelid - he was determined to tell his remarkable story, painstakingly spelling it out letter by letter. The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly records Bauby's lonely existence but also the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances. It one of the most extraordinary books about the triumph of the human spirit ever written.
A four-stage programme for parents and families looking to introduce a dog into their home for the therapeutic and practical benefits that can be brought to a child with autism, including development of communication skills and toilet training. Based on first-hand knowledge, the programme was created through the successful experience the author had bringing up two children at opposite ends of the autism spectrum. This guide is comprehensive and highly practical, with case examples, tips and advice throughout. It covers all aspects of responsible ownership and training of the dog as a companion dog, and it provides tips throughout the dog's entire life cycle. Accessible for families and professionals alike, this innovative programme can have a huge impact on the life of children with disabilities.
World-renowned plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD, presents a ground-breaking book on how to look look younger, firmer and wrinkle-free without surgery or invasive treatments. You don't have to spend a lot of money or undergo painful or risky procedures to turn back the clock and fight ageing. This is good news for readers who want to look younger and enjoy firmer, wrinkle-free skin. World-renowned plastic surgeon Anthony Youn has spent the past 16 years researching the secrets of plastic surgeons, dermatologists, makeup artists, and dietitians, and he's compiled solutions to every cosmetic ageing problem in this book. THE AGE FIX provides advice on how to help readers maintain youthful beauty, including a diet program that explains which foods can help you look younger and which foods are ageing. Filled with an abundance of actionable takeaways and insider advice, it will help readers reclaim their youthful glow without spending a fortune or going under the knife!
Diabled women challenge rigid, limiting views of what it means to be a disabled woman, and of what a parent is and does. They describe having to fight for the right to become pregnant; the poignant pleasure of teaching children the benefits of having a 'different' mother; and the sheer delight of involving themselves in a child's life.
'Authoritative, compassionate and commonsensical . . . an honest, sensitive and thorough introduction to understanding and living with autism . . . highly recommended.' - Psychological Medicine 'Packed with down to earth, practical ideas . . . readable, interesting . . . informative . . . if you buy only one title about autism this year it should be this one.' - Collette Dritte, Nursery World Over 500,000 people of all ages in the UK have disorders in the autistic spectrum. About one-third also have varying degrees of learning difficulty. All have impairment of social interaction, communication and imagination - the world appears a bewildering and sometimes frightening place. This acclaimed, authoritative guide explains how people with autism experience the world and why they need an organized, structured environment, presenting a window into the world of those with the disorder. Wing suggests ways of improving communication, developing abilities and widening social interaction, and how to cope with stresses within the family.
'I think it's wrong for me to complain that people don't understand disability and then refuse to talk about my personal life. Telling my story is the best way I know to make issues I care about understood' In autumn 2005, Alison Lapper's body became familiar to thousands of people when Marc Quinn's 16-foot marble statue of her - Alison Lapper: Pregnant - was placed on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. MY LIFE IN MY HANDS is Alison's story: from her mother's rejection at birth, through a childhood deprived of affection in children's homes, to independence, a first class art degree, motherhood and critical success. Her resilience, fortitude and humour are humbling, yet she rejects any notion of 'bravery'. From the beginning, Alison was different to most children, yet through the strength of her personality and the nurturing of her artistic talents, she was determined to live as full a life as possible. MY LIFE IN MY HANDS challenges our perceptions of disability by showing how Alison overcame pain, prejudice, violence and loneliness to reach a state of happy independence. MY LIFE IN MY HANDS is an extraordinary and compelling story like no other.
Dealing with Disability provides invaluable advice for dealing with the troubles of life and gaining acceptance of what cannot be changed. It is written primarily for people who have recently become disabled and their relatives to help them gain confidence and do their best in dealing with their change in circumstances. This inspiring book is based on the author's experience in becoming disabled herself as a result of complications following a heart operation. It focuses on developing the right mental attitude towards handicap and still have a good life. It discusses avoiding negative thoughts and developing perseverance, and how to move on from trauma and let go of anger, blame and regret. Inside this book is a mix of psychological information and practical advice, while providing the supportive, scientific background for the information given, and the sources of evidence. It mentions useful strategies, exercises, treatments and devices. It also contains encouraging quotations from well-known people with physical disabilities.
Beth's partner, Dan, inexplicably vanishes from her life and nine years later she is still struggling. In the intervening years, she has learnt British Sign Language (BSL) and got what she thought would be her dream job, supporting deaf students in college. However, she finds she still feels dissatisfied with just about everything: from working life to sex life, domestic life to social life, it's as if the traumas of her past will forever mar her future. Through her work, Beth meets a group of strong-minded, pragmatists who show her how they've adapted to challenges of having a disability. Is Dan's disappearance the primary source of Beth's sadness? Can her new friends help to shift her perspective on dealing with life? Will learning BSL prove to be significant after all? And what really happened to Dan? The answers may be quite unexpected. The themes and characters of Senseless are moulded by the challenges of deafness and disability but the book is not `about' disability per se. More succinctly, it's about ordinary people bumping through the ups and downs of life like we all are.
Filling a hole in the market for an informative and user-friendly guide to the topic, this is a go-to guide for any parent or teacher. Positive, empowering and written to suit an international audience, this guide is essential reading for education professionals and parents of children with dyslexia and other learning differences. It includes practical strategies, useful websites and resources, as well as ways of recognising early on that your child or pupil has dyslexia. The authors, experienced dyslexia and learning differences consultants, highlight the importance of effective and positive communication between home and school, as well as with the child. Assessment for Dyslexia and Learning Differences is the perfect pocket guide for busy professionals and parents, who will be able to read it one sitting or alternatively dip in and out of it as they please.
Full of practical advice and visual examples, this compact book provides learners with the tools and knowledge to work with their dyslexia. The book's accessible layout and engaging style supports students with dyslexia and enables them to take control of their studies and learn in ways that are most effective for them. It covers all the core study skills, including reading, writing and revision, and includes guidance on how to manage time effectively. This is an ideal resource for students of all levels who want advice on how to manage their dyslexia in a positive way.
'Comedy genius... The funniest book I've read in years.' - David Walliams What's the worst thing about being disabled? Is it the shameless staring? Is it that people assume you're a bit thick because you can't speak? Or is it the fact that your friends always take you to theme parks just so they can jump the queues? In fact, it's the stupid questions that really rile Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy. And over the years he's been inundated with them, from people who have failed to engage their brains before opening their mouths. Which is where I'm Only In It for the Parking comes in - think of it as a disabled FAQ, with funny (sometimes painfully funny) stories from Lee's less-ordinary life. If you think you know what it's like to be disabled, prepare to have your perceptions skewered by the much-loved Britain's Got Talent winner, the brilliant stand-up who struggles to stand up, the Geordie without the accent. And before you ask ... no, he really can't speak at all. But he definitely has something to say. 'A unique and brilliant comic voice.' - Ross Noble
With the media widely reporting the shortcomings of the care industry in the UK the subject continues to arouse public concern. Don Snuggs' memoir, Love Never Fails, offers a unique insight into what it is like to be the sole carer and husband to a disabled wife, and the failures of the UK care industry. Love Never Fails is the memoir of a retired nurse and acupuncturist Don Snuggs, who, at the age of 75 years old, married a lady with a progressive condition, who is wheelchair dependent and requires assistance in all aspects of daily life. The book records their life together as a newly wed couple facing the challenging task of enjoying married life within the confines of disability and illness. Don paints a picture of the challenges, failures and successes, and reveals the commitment and selflessness required by a carer to a loved one. Over the 10 years that he has cared for his wife, Don has come into contact with external support providers hoping that they could help to ease his caring role, but sadly these encounters have not been positive. In the book, he offers his opinion on how the care industry could be improved to support others in a similar situation. Drawing from Don's previous nursing experience, Love Never Fails offers readers a unique insight into the plight of a totally dependant patient and the problematic care industry in the UK - a subject that continues to gain increasing prevalence in today's news. The book will appeal to readers who act as a carer for a loved one, as well as those with an interest in the care industry and readers that enjoy memoirs.
Haseeb Ahmad started to lose his sight at 10 years old. He knew his eyesight wasn't normal, but the medical profession failed to diagnose the degenerative eye disease which left him completely blind by the age of 20. As his eyesight continued to rapidly deteriorate he struggled to come to grips with what was happening to him - and there were no answers for several years. He got no help at school and home life proved tough too. Things seemed to spiral out of control and the future looked bleak. He did his best to feel his way through the next 7 years of his life until finally his eye condition was diagnosed in 1987 when he was 17 years old. After being registered totally blind following diagnosis, Haseeb faced more than his fair share of personal challenges - would he get to university? Would he work, have a family and career? If there was anything to learn about Haseeb it is that he has an abundance of grit, determination and a bountiful supply of humour. His positivity and zest for life has ensured that whatever the challenge, whatever the barrier, he never gives up. Many years later, at the age of 38, Haseeb found himself applying to join the GB Paratriathlon squad, medalling at national and international competitions and then breaking the world Blind Ironman record on 2nd October 2016. This is a personal journey which will inspire and motivate everyone of all ages and backgrounds. It is about refusing to give up in order to achieve your dreams.
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