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Mobility Solutions deliver Cabin Car – a world-first in scooter technology

Mobility Solutions Cabin Car on van

The first brand-new Cabin Car mobility scooter has been delivered to a happy customer, who is set to enjoy features including reverse camera parking sensors.

Mrs Jordan in Knightswood, Glasgow, is is delighted with her purchase from Mobility Solutions. It is the world’s first scooter with reverse camera parking sensors, remote central locking and a heater. In fact, the Cabin Car has many comforts of a car whilst still being a mobility scooter.

Mrs Jordan said, “I’ve been telling everyone about it, all of my friends are desperate to see it and I can’t wait to show it off.

“All of the features will help me so much, if I was going out before I would have to wrap up with lots of layers but now I can just turn the heating on!”

Charity Pays For Alannah's Garden Of Delight

Charity Pays For Alannah's Garden Of Delight

A Weston-super-Mare-based charity has funded the creation of a sensory garden which has given a local girl a new lease of life.

The family of six-year-old Alannah say they are extremely grateful to the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust, which provided £5,000 for the garden to be created.

Alannah, who lives with parents Andy and Lisa, and 11-year-old sister Ella in Weston Village, is registered blind and has global developmental delay, which means she cannot walk, talk, sit unaided or stand.

Dad Andy said: “All her needs, such as feeding, changing, and bathing, are met by us.”

Achieving Inner Greatness with Accessibility Mark

Achieving Inner Greatness with Accessibility Mark

At the end of 2017, Hall Place Equestrian Centre based in Reading gained its Accessibility Mark accreditation.

Riding for the Disabled Association, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Hall Place was delighted to receive this recognition.  Riders with special behavioural and physical needs have been riding at the centre for over 35 years and the Tilehurst RDA Group ride at Hall Place weekly.

DM Orthotics has a Doctor in the House this April

DM Orthotics has a Doctor in the House this April

DM Orthotics (DMO) are running specialist masterclasses this April at Naidex 2018 with their special guest Doctor Rod Lane giving two separate talks on the DMO e-step. DM Orthotics have been collaborating with Dr Lane since 2005 on the DMO e-step and are launching their latest iteration and highlighting their new developments at the trade show this year.

As well as the dedicated talks on the DMO e-step DM Orthotics, and their team of expert clinicians, will also be hosting masterclasses throughout both days introducing their free of charge training as well as their core product range including the DMO suit, DMO glove and DMO sock.

Guide Dogs supporting children and young people

Guide Dogs

When Sophie’s little girls Alma and Suzie were diagnosed with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), she didn’t receive much information from the hospital, so Sophie decided to look online and managed to find Guide Dogs children and young peoples’ services.

Sophie was invited to a Family Weekend by our Family Support team where she spoke with the specialist education staff who advised her on Braille, tactile learning and mainstream schools. Sophie also found it helpful to meet with other families in a similar situation, and has since built up a network through attending these events.

Wine and spirits courses for the Visually Impaired

Wine and spirits courses for the Visually Impaired

Richard Lane, 49 from Surrey, who lost his sight at the age of 23, is one of the most advanced visually impaired individuals in the world of wine. He has always had a passion for wine, and having previously attended informal night classes in wine tasting, a close friend suggested he look into taking his knowledge further and introduced him to WSET’s internationally recognised qualifications.

Richard says, “I wanted to stretch myself a bit further, and to see if my brain still worked as my last exam was for my degree back in 1989…”

Motionspot becomes the first accessible design company to exhibit at Grand Design Live London in 2018!

Motionspot becomes the first accessible design company to exhibit at Grand Design Live London in 2018!

Motionspot has been announced as the first ever accessible design company to exhibit at Grand Designs Live. Exhibiting from 5-13 May at ExCeL London, the accessible design specialist will be offering design advice, showcasing beautiful new products and revealing exclusive offers for anyone designing for a disability, or thinking of future proofing their home for themselves or a loved one.

As more and more people are shifting their focus to planning for the future, Motionspot will be highlighting how their accessible design principles and products can future proof a home and be universally appealing for all. 

How can carers gain confidence in the future support of their relatives?

Sense Deputy CEO on carers crisis

Richard Kramer, the Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, talks to UCan2 about the looming crisis facing carers who support disabled adults…

“It’s very stressful. I find myself hoping she passes away before me. No parent should feel like this.” 

These words were spoken by Mark, who cares for his disabled daughter, who has complex needs. Mark lives with the fear and worry that his daughter’s care and support needs are so complex, and that his local social services are under such pressures, that should he not be able to support his daughter, then no one would. 

Sense report reveals carers fear for future of disabled adults and families

Sense carers Noreen with mum Inge

A report has revealed that 95% of family carers say they have little to no trust in local authorities to provide adequate support in their place, should they become unable to care for their relative.

A report by disability charity Sense found only one in three local authorities know how many disabled adults are being cared for by family and friends at home, with only one in four councils able to support carers to make contingency plans for future care options.

One parent who responded to the report said of his daughter’s uncertain future, “It’s very stressful. I find myself hoping that she passes away before me. No parent should feel like this.”

Driving Miss Daisy service launches its 30 branch in the UK

driving miss daisy car and client

A driving service for people with mobility issues has launched its 30th franchise in the UK, joining a global community of supporting people who need transport. Driving Miss Daisy launched in the UK in 2014. Synonymous with and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film – which featured Morgan Freeman as a driver for his elderly client – the Driving Miss Daisy idea originated in Canada with just a single vehicle, and now spans across the world. 

Do You Have Designs To Help People With Disabilities?

Do You Have Designs To Help People With Disabilities?

A LEADING housing and care specialist has launched its annual search to find the brightest and best new innovations to help those with disabilities.

The Blackwood Design Awards seek to celebrate the brilliant new designs, technologies and adaptations which help people with disabilities to live life to the full.

The Awards are open to both seasoned professionals and gifted amateurs, meaning that both technologically advanced and those simpler, yet often most successful designs, are equally welcome.

Past entries include a design for a wheelchair that allows users to control its direction with their eyes, as well as the ‘S’up Spoon’, which enables people with shaky hands to eat more easily.

Dating agency launched to combat loneliness among adults with learning disabilities

dating agency emma and andrea

A charity is hoping to combat loneliness by starting a friendship and dating agency for adults with learning disabilities.

The new Luv2meetU service, which is run by the national learning disabilities charity Hft, will celebrate its launch with music, food, party games and pool. There will also be information about the service available for potential members and their supporters, and anyone interested in volunteering.

Staffordshire business, W R Davies Toyota, celebrates award win for excellent customer service 

Staffordshire business, W R Davies Toyota, celebrates award win for excellent customer service 

Motability customers in Stafford can be sure of receiving award-winning customer service when they visit local dealer W R Davies Toyota, who have won a regional award for their work with the Motability Car Scheme. The accolade is part of a programme of awards, launched last year by Motability Operations, to recognise and reward outstanding customer service provided by local Motability dealerships.

Toyota hands over £25 in charity donations

toyota charity donations

Local organisations supporting people with special needs and disabilities got a surprise when Toyota made £25,000 of charity donations to celebrate 25 years of making cars in Derbyshire.

To mark the special anniversary of building cars at its Burnaston site, representatives from the Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) factory and charitable trust met with 12 local organisations under the guise of making a video for the company.

Empowering Success with Accessibility Mark

 Accessibility

Seventeen-year-old Angel Dancy-Brock has seen her confidence blossom thanks to an Accessibility Mark riding school.

Angel has a visual impairment that means she only has approximately 25 percent vision in her left eye with no vision at all in her right eye. This causes Angel to feel unsettled and anxious in unfamiliar surroundings.

In addition to her visual impairment Angel also has a multitude of hormone deficiencies, which requires lots of medication, as well as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, meaning she needs constant supervision.

As a result of her complex conditions, Angel struggles with social interaction and can find it difficult to interpret people’s body language or feelings.

Ceejae writes poem about new supported living service

ceejae is in supported living

A young woman with mental health issues who has just moved into a new supported living service is so delighted with her home that she has written a poem about it.

Fairway, near Rochdale, is a much-needed new supported living service for women with learning disabilities and mental health needs. The six-bed newly-refurbished property caters for individuals from local authorities across Rochdale and Manchester. 

Ceejae, 22, has written about how much she values the friendliness of the staff and her new house-mates, finishing her poem with “This place is a dream”. Her poem was also printed in the Regard newsletter.

World Disability Billiards and Snooker Calendar 2018

World Disability Billiards and Snooker Calendar 2018

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today confirmed its calendar of events for the first half of 2018.

Last year saw five competitive snooker events staged for people falling under up to 36 different disability profiles, a total which is set to be equalled within the first six months of 2018 alone.

With interest continuing to grow both within the UK and internationally, we will continue to provide tournaments for players with physical, learning and sensory disabilities.

Physical disabilities

People with physical disabilities, including wheelchair and ambulant players (Groups 1-5) will have opportunities to play at two new venues in 2018 as we head to Preston and Bruges for the first time.

Mencap lobbies Parliament for disability changes

mencap tessa parliament

Mencap has been working hard to fulfil its mission to create "a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included". Here Rob Holland, Mencap's Public Affairs Manager, discusses the progress which the charity has made in Parliament to improve the lives of people with a learning disability…

Rob says, “The General Election and Brexit has been the main show in Parliament this year, but we have still managed to make some good progress on benefits, apprenticeship and housing!”

 

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A smart solution for mobility users

Mobility Scooter Relync

A portable and stylish folding mobility scooter from the USA is set to get people moving after its unique design was awarded an innovation award.

Makers of the smart scooter promised to transform the lives of mobility users after the product was launched recently in Las Vegas.

RELYNC is the world’s first smart folding mobility scooter, and is designed to revolutionise the lives of users by providing the most portable, stylish and smart travel experience available to those with mobility needs.