Speed Of Sight is an organisation committed to the promotion of opportunity for all. We like to focus on what people CAN do, rather than what they CANNOT.
When people are able to take part in a sporting or physical activity they find that it improves their self-esteem, social interaction and physical and mental wellbeing.
With this in mind Speed Of Sight, inspired by one of its co-founders Mike Newman, the multiple blind land and water speed record holder, provides a new experience for people with disabilities.
Speed Of Sight have had three cars specially designed and built – two race cars and one off-road buggy. They allow people of all ages with disabilities to enjoy the excitement and thrill of motorsports. Our cars, named after Mike’s guide dogs, are specially designed with dual controls, twin steering wheels and our buggy has hand controls. Our experiences take place countrywide at racing circuits, off road tracks or any venue with a large enough car park or area where a circuit can be created.
Speed Of Sight recognise that it is important to promote positive awareness around disability so have devised activities that, whilst being a great group exercise and fantastic fun, show an insight into life without one of the senses. Activities such as corporate days where staff and/or clients are blindfolded while driving are not only fantastic fun but also increase awareness of difficulties faced by disability as well as the importance of trust and communication.
We first found out about this amazing charity in 2017 and since then we have officially become Speed of Sight groupies, as my husband who is blind is participating for the 5th time at the end of July. My husband loves cars and this charity has given him the opportunity to experience the thrill of driving that he misses so much. Founded by Mike Newman (look him up, you'll be inspired), the team are friendly, helpful and push the boat out to ensure that participants have an amazing time.
I'm a carer for a young lady with learning disabilities and all I can say is WOW!. This charity has made a huge impact on this ladies life. It was such a fantastic day, and i feel so honored to witness the joy it brought to this lady, and for me, to be able to experience the fantastic work you all do. You are all truly amazing. Thank you all for such an amazing day. One I will treasure forever. Xx
Absolutely fantastic day. Nervous before I went but the respect, understanding and humour of staff put me at ease. Handled disabilities brilliantly without treating me differently. Cars were superb, instructors excellent, talking through the process, making you feel and be safe on the track. 18 years on from being told I'd never drive again, it was a dream come true and will be going again. Highly recommended to people of all disabilities, drivers and non-drivers too. Thank you so much
I am a support worker from Stockport- bought 3 guys today for the experience . To see them enjoy the driving experience was just wonderful . Thank you to all the team - from my phone calls with Karen to the amazing staff on the day and to meet the inspirational Mike was an absolute honour .thank you so much from myself and Dave and our lads we support Alex, Phillip and James . A truly memorable day for us all!!!!
Brilliant day , great bunch of people will help you any way they can , take it at a speed you ( and your Co driver are comfortable at ) within a safe environment , would definitely do it again.
Commerce House, Bridgeman Place
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