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Living with Retinitis Pigmentosa – Elin’s Sight Loss Journey

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Elin Williams caught our attention on Twitter. She reached the shortlist to attend The National Diversity Awards but that wasn’t only thing that inspired us. Elin has her own disability and lifestyle blog. She shares her journey and motivational messages on social media to empower others who are visually impaired. We spoke to her about […]

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Is Presuming Competence for Non Symbolic Communicators Risk Free?

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In one of our previous posts, we introduced Joanna, contributor to Disabled Living’s blog who you’ll see more of over a series blogs. Joanna wrote about Objects of Reference and highlighted the dangers of using a standardised approach to them for people who will not become symbolic communicators. I imagine some people protested my words: […]

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Family-run Harrogate Company Works with Yorkshire’s Ambulance Service

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Harrogate-based Yorkshire Care Equipment has supplied Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) with over 50 Raizer emergency lifting chairs that are now being used by first responders, falls teams and care homes in the Sheffield area. YAS and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have started a project in the city that aims to get people who have fallen […]

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No Place like an Accessible Home!

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Many of us fondly remember the image of a young farm girl, clicking the heels of her sparkling, ruby red slippers and longingly chanting the words, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…” Her tale isn’t a far cry away from most disabled people’s dream of wanting their own forever home. I […]

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One in Five Supermarket Disabled Parking Bays Being Abused

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Supported by Baroness Grey-Thompson. In June Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) asked the public to help with their Baywatch Campaign by surveying their local supermarket car park for disabled parking abuse. The results have now been calculated. DMUK would like to thank everybody who participated in this year’s Baywatch Campaign. This year we had the biggest […]

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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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