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Week of action in support of the disabled

A large number of wheelchair users will be out on the streets of Douglas this morning (Monday) to raise awareness of the difficulties they face in their everyday lives.

The first event of Disability Awareness Week will see participants assemble at the Regent Street Post Office at 11am, and travel through Strand Street and Castle Street, before meeting at the Villa Marina.

Manx Radio will provide extensive coverage of the week of action, starting with a live interview with the access officer from the Manx Foundation for the Physically Disabled, on Mandate this morning.

The aim of Disability Awareness Week is to put into focus the complex range of choices and dilemmas faced by disabled people in the Isle of Man.

Other events include the launch of a captioning unit for the hearing impaired, at the Gaiety Theatre tomorrow night, with the Island's first ever captioned performance, by the Service Players, on Saturday afternoon.

An disability awareness van will be out and about throughout the week, and the Sailing for the Disabled vessel Pride of Mann will be available for use.

Also on Saturday, there will be at Open Day at the Joey Dunlop Foundation's Braddan Bridge House, with live coverage on the Radio Cafe, and the first showing of a subtitled 3D film, the Three Musketeers, at the Broadway Cinema, at 5pm.

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