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Why Standardising Objects of Reference Can Render Them Meaningless

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The phrase “Objects of Reference” refers to a communication support system whereby particular objects associated with particular activities are used to communicate to a person with complex disabilities that certain activities are about to take place. For example someone might be handed a continence pad before being taken to the toilet, or be given their […]

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Encouraging Amputees and Individuals with Limb Difference to Get Active and Improve Their Physical and Mental Health

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The charity LimbPower are working throughout the month of August to encourage and engage with people with a limb difference, to help them kick start a healthy and active lifestyle. Being active has so many health benefits, including aiding mobility, rehabilitation and improving quality of life. Through sharing and promoting the Ottobock Fitness App (available through the […]

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David Completes an Incredible 30 Wheelchair Marathons in 30 Days

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Three times HBSA Disabled Sportsperson of the year David Williamson has completed an incredible 30 wheelchair marathons in 30 days. This is something which has never been achieved before. David from Petersfield (40) who works for car finance company Moneybarn, had both legs amputated through the knee when he was a few months old, having been […]

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An Interview with Margaret Ellis on Accessible Toilets

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Deborah Bell, Enablement Team Manager at Disabled Living recently interviewed Margaret Ellis. Maggie originally qualified with a Diploma and later graduating as an Occupational Therapist, working in a range of service provision including management of physical disability, mental health and learning disability services, sometimes combining NHS and Social Services. Can you tell us a bit […]

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Nilaqua – an Eco Revolution Is Bathing!

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Do you find it difficult to bath? Do you know someone who has dementia or sensory issues and struggle with bathing? Or they would like to remain in their home with palliative care? Nilaqua is a wonderful range of waterless shampoos and body washes that uses “towel off” technology to clean you thoroughly and easily […]

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The Benefits of Technology for Disabled People

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‘Technology is only beneficial if it is accessible to the user’. Over the years, companies have worked harder than ever to ensure that anyone can use their products. In the past, the elderly and disabled have had reason to believe that technology was out of their reach. For some, it was because there weren’t features […]

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Art Therapy for People on the Autism Spectrum

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This post has been written by one of our contributors, Brenda Kimble. Autism is a neurological disorder that is evident at birth and the causes for this condition are presently unknown. Symptoms include social dysfunction, compulsive and repetitive behaviour, sensory sensitivity and lack of verbal communication. Conventional treatment typically involves behaviour modification, which alters negative […]

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