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2017

Why Are Public Toilets a Challenge for Children and Young People with Autism?

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Davina has written this blog for #AutismHour. Toilet training a child with autism is often difficult. Autism is a spectrum condition that affects social communication, social interaction and imagination. There are often sensory issues as well. These impact on many areas of learning and life for the child and their family. Communication difficulties may mean […]

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A Rare Find: The Christmas Card Folio

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Heather Roberts (HerArchivist, archive consultant), has put together this wonderful blog which discovers the meaning and significance of Disabled Living’s collection of heritage Christmas cards. The archive Disabled Living have a fascinating history stretching 120 years. It’s a vital but little-know part of Manchester’s amazing past and present. On the Donkeys to Innovators project, we […]

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Greta McMillan Exhibits Artwork at Porty Art Wall

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For September, we would like to dedicate our Story of the Month to Greta McMillan. Greta is a 13-year-old girl who, earlier this month stunned members of the public with her artistic skills. As a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy who can’t use her hands or arms like other artists, Greta had her artwork exhibited […]

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Teapot Trust’s First Experience at Kidz to Adultz Scotland

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Teapot Trust is a UK charity providing a nationwide art therapy and creative interventions programme for chronically ill children in hospitals and hospices. Our work aims to build resilience in children with chronic illnesses by encouraging them to express emotions, mentally overcome the challenges linked to their condition and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Participating in […]

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Top Tips for Children’s Continence Problems

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Do you worry about your child’s continence? Are you a professional involved in supporting children who have continence problems? Are there concerns about: Wetting, or dribbling, day or night? Pooing in their pants? Constipation? Do they appear to avoid using the toilet? Are you struggling with toilet training? Are you unsure whether your child is […]

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Popular Questions About Your Bladder and Bowel

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September is Urology Awareness Month and this week sees the start of Urology Week. The Bladder and Bowel UK helpline is often contacted by people looking for advice on a wide range of continence products and appliances, or for help regarding toilets and aids to assist individuals with toileting. Sometimes working out which continence product is […]

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Things You Might Not Know About Queen Alexandra College

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Queen Alexandra College (QAC) are exhibiting at Disabled Living’s Kidz to Adultz North event in November on stand V24. This guest blog explains what QAC do and how they might be able to help you. Queen Alexandra College is a National College for People with Disabilities based in Birmingham providing education, training and routes to […]

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What Have We Learnt from Our Community Curation Training?

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As many of you will already know, Disabled Living are celebrating 120 years of providing services. As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded project, Disabled Living has received training in different areas. An interesting section has included two community curation sessions delivered by Catherine O’Donnell from the People’s History Museum. We understand the importance of the […]

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Were You Involved with One of Manchester’s Oldest Charities?

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Disabled Living, one of Manchester’s oldest charities, is calling for people to get in touch who have memories, materials and/or photographs about their links with the charity. Hundreds of thousands of people across the North West have been involved with the organisation in its 120 year history as service users, volunteers, staff and trustees. Alan […]

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How to Encourage Children to Drink More Water

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Davina, Children’s Continence Advisor at Disabled Living, gives advice on how to encourage your children to drink more water. Adequate fluid intake is important for maintaining health and wellbeing.  Most school age children should have about one and a half liters of water per day with half of this during the school day.  Children will […]

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