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Learning to Drive Key Catalyst in My Life Says Paralympian and TV Star Ade Adepitan

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-05-19 (Revised/Updated 2011-05-20) - The Alps Challenge will see the team from Disabled Motoring UK led off by Ade Adepitan head from London down through France and across the Swiss Alps - Disabled Motoring UK.

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Learning to Drive Key Catalyst in My Life Says Paralympian and TV Star before Joining Disabled Motoring UK's Alps Challenge.

Ade Adepitan is a man for whom the word "can't" does not exist. After contracting Polio as a youngster Ade has gone on to represent Great Britain at the Paralympic Games, winning a Bronze Medal in the process, won the Disabled Basketball World Cup, completed the London Marathon, climbed an active volcano, helped bring the 2012 Olympics to London and been awarded an OBE. Alongside hard-work, perseverance, a loving family and dogged determination, Ade puts his success down to one decision; learning to drive.

"It was a life-changing moment when I passed my driving test and got my first car. It gave me independence and independence allows you to achieve anything you want in life. Driving lessons was the greatest birthday present I ever received" Ade explains.

Sadly, due to increasing costs and a distorted perception of the limits disability would have on an individual's ability to drive means that many disabled people miss out on this important part of living an independent and fulfilling life. It is this that inspired Ade to support Disabled Motoring UK's Alps Challenge in a bid to raise awareness of what it is possible to achieve, whatever your circumstances. As Ade says "It is really important to educate disabled people on their options and hopefully encourage more people to learn to drive".

The Alps Challenge will see the team from Disabled Motoring UK, led off by Ade, head from London down through France and across the Swiss Alps on the same route taken by the founder of Disabled Motoring UK UK Oswald Arthur "Denny" Denly back in 1947, before returning to London and a reception with MPs at the Houses of Parliament. The trip will cover over 1,500 miles and feature climbs through the Alps equivalent to the height of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The trip is designed to raise awareness of the issues Disabled Motoring UK campaign on, including a particular bug bear of Ade's, the lack of disabled parking bays "Parking is a nightmare, particularly in London. It is so bad, I simply avoid driving in central London". For more information on how you can support and follow the Disabled Motoring UK Alps Challenge check out or visit our MyDonate web page.

Disabled Motoring UK information - Disabled Motoring UK is a campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders.

We lobby government and businesses to improve parking, refuelling and access provision for disabled people, so that they can access the goods and services that they need. Disabled Motoring UK is not just an organization for disabled motorists; we also campaign for and support scooter and wheelchair users, families and carers.

Our continuing campaigns include: the abuse of disabled parking bays, the reform of the Blue Badge scheme, accessibility of city centers, and the lack of parking at healthcare facilities. Disabled Motoring UK will continue to co-ordinate the successful Baywatch campaign, which surveys the abuse of disabled parking space in supermarkets across the UK and encourages retailers to improve their provision and enforcement of Blue Badge bays.

Disabled Motoring UK were formerly known as 'Mobilise' and renamed in April 2011.

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