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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.

How to stay chilled in a wheelchair

Nathan in wheelchair

An innovative wheelchair accessory is shaking up the mobility industry – Corien Staels’s cooling backrest cushion the wheelAIR.

The designer – who has received backing from entrepreneurs on TV Dragons’ Den and Paralympians – created the product after discovering that those with a spinal cord injury had to cool themselves in dramatic and unforgiving ways, having to strap ice packs to their bodies or spray themselves with water hoses post-exercise.

Support workers care about Ben's weight

Ben loses weight with care service

Springing into fitness isn’t always easy but a care service is supporting one young man Ben with losing weight by helping him to improve his cooking skills and to do more exercise.

Ben Harling, 29, who has Down’s syndrome, is steadily losing the pounds and hopes to hit his target weight by next spring.

He lives at Manor Barn supported living service in Neston, Cheshire, which is run by the Regard Group – the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Autism with Attitude street dance group

Hip hop dance stars turn out to help Hillingdon Manor School raise money to send Autism with Attitude street dance group to European Championships

 

Boy Blue Entertainment, UMA, Definitive, IMD, Unity and all girl trio Code 3 are among the big names in hip hop who have signed up to appear at a benefit night at the Broadway Theatre in East London on January 20th 2018 to raise money to send street dance group Autism with Attitude, a group of 12 to 15 young people with autism, from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge to the United Dance Organisations (UDO) European Championships in Kalkar in Germany in May 2018.

 

Government should not rule out tax changes from disability work plan, says LITRG

Government should not rule out tax changes from disability work plan, says LITRG

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) broadly welcomes the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in work, but is hugely disappointed that it has not taken the opportunity to explore tax reliefs and other changes to tax rules and practice that could help support more disabled people into work and help those already in work to stay in work.

 

The Government’s plan to transform disability employment over the next ten years was launched recently. Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, providing dedicated training for work coaches to support people with mental health conditions and reforming Statutory Sick Pay.1

 

Gregory House Achieves Outstanding Rating

Gregory House

Healthcare inspectors have awarded Gregory House care home in Grantham, run by The Orders of St John Care Trust, the highest possible ranking of ‘outstanding’.

 

The Care Quality Commission’s report, published 18 December, commended Tracy Turfrey, the manager, and her staff’s commitment to person-centred care, praising the home’s ‘positive, person-centred and open culture’. Gregory House is one of fewer than 250 residential homes of over 27,000 in England to achieve this distinction.

 

The independent regulator of health and social care described Ms Turfrey as ‘inspiring and dedicated to providing care which met the highest of standards’.

 

Blackwood Tenant Goes into Extra Time with CleverCogs

Clevercogs

AN AYRSHIRE man has shared how his life changed after being kitted out with an innovative, digitally enhanced care system.

 

Scott Robb, who has Cerebral Palsy, has been a tenant at Blackwood’s St Leonards development for 16 years and has seen his life become easier as a result of CleverCogs, being incorporated into his day-to-day life.

 

By tailoring each device to the customers’ individual needs and wants, it provides quick and easy access to all their interests. Whether it is football, music or history, it’s all available.

 

World Diabetes Day 2017 draws attention to what people can do

World Diabetes Day 2017 draws attention to what people can do

Diabetes can be deadly and World Diabetes Day draws attention to what people can do to avoid getting diabetes. The amazing thing about diabetes is that 90%-95% of people have type 2 diabetes and this can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. This infographic rom Study Medicine Europe takes you through how we lose 1.6 million lives every year because of diabetes. This figure is expected to almost double by 2030.

Another startling statistic is that 84 million American adults have prediabetes and they need to change their ways before it’s too late. It’s so important to check with your doctor if you have any of the high-risk factors related to prediabetes.