Independent Living

‘Wheelchair versus buggy’ ruling welcomed

wheelchair user and bus

Yesterday’s bus space ‘wheelchair versus buggy’ Supreme Court judgment has been hailed a “significant change of culture.”
Wheelchair user Doug Paulley, who brought the case, is reportedly “absolutely delighted” with the ruling – which means bus drivers will have to do more to ensure wheelchair users can get on buses.

Previously passengers with buggies occupying wheelchair spaces could be ‘requested’ to vacate the space. But FirstGroup’s policy did not require any more of their drivers than simply making the request. 

Disability North announces return of popular exhibition

The largest independent living event in north of England is opening its doors once again to give disabled people access to must-have products and services. 

Disability North has been hosting the free event for disabled or elderly people and their families, in addition to carers and healthcare professionals, for the past 30 years.

Now event organisers are on the hunt for leading businesses and suppliers in the sector to exhibit at the show, which is organised in partnership with Moving and Handling People North. 

Exhibitors will be able to meet directly with potential customers and publicise themselves at the biggest event of the year. 

Now Delta 7 are taking the next step in their career with the release of first ever track ‘The Jungle’

Delta 7

Delta 7 are a seven-piece rock band from Eastbourne, East Sussex, who write and perform all their own material. Band members Mikey, Fraser, Elliot, Harry, David, Craig and Speedy have different personalities, talents and disabilities. But their shared love of performing, positive energy and mutual support allows them to create music that is infectious and inspiring, making Delta 7 an uplifting and powerful voice for everyone who feels a little outside ‘the mainstream’ of society. 

‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badge and card to be rolled out permanently, as trial proves to be a great success

badge of ladies top

• 1,200 people with invisible impairments took part in the successful six-week trial across TfL’s network 

• Badge and card to be introduced on a permanent basis in spring 2017

• TfL will be first European transport provider to officially recognise invisible impairments and conditions


Transport for London (TfL) is pleased to announce that a blue badge for those less able to stand on public transport will be introduced on a permanent basis in spring. 

Long-awaited change to planning law will benefit disabled people

 Long-awaited change to plannning law will benefit disabled people

Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, is delighted that this week the Government has agreed to amend planning law so that local authorities will have a legal duty to plan housing for disabled people.


The amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill was tabled by Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, who worked with Aspire, Habinteg and the Papworth Trust to come up with its wording and frame her case and also has the support of Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell.


ProMove Sling

ProMove Sling


Established in 2007, ProMove UK Ltd manufactures and supply’s the ProMove sling. The unique design of the ProMove sling means it can be used to move an individual in a confined or outdoor location where a hoist cannot be used.

The ProMove sling allows an individual to be moved without being manhandled and with the least risk to the operator. It has been independently tested to carry a range of different sized individuals, from children aged 3 years to large adults weighing up to 45 stone.

Essential Bathing are the UK distributors

open door bath


Essential Bathing is pleased to introduce to the UK the OASIS bath range. Currently selling in the U.S.A, the baths are built to the highest standard and give the best range of optional extras on the market today. Options such as heated seat and back, Chromotherapy light , air and water jet spa systems,  water re heater, Aromatherapy, MP3 player and even a water proof TV.

Built in an acrylic composite, the shell is much stronger than normal and resists mold and staining. The door and jamb are made in aluminium for extra safety and strength. Front and side panels are included.

Vision Support Services Offer Specialist Healthcare Textiles In Brand New Online Shop


Leading textile supplier and distributor, Vision Support Services, have launched a brand new online shop in a bid to ensure their customers can shop with them 24/7.

The new online shop houses all three of their leading product brands under one roof including the specialist Whitakers range, the performance Hilden brand and the luxury Liddell collections.

World Toilet Day: Mobiloo calls on events & venues to offer ‘freedom’ for disabled people

World Toilet Day

Thousands of disabled people across the UK are unable to attend local events or visit outdoor venues because of a simple lack of appropriate toilets, according to Mobiloo.

As the United Nations prepares for World Toilet Day (19th November), the Mobiloo service - the first of its kind in the world to provide attended mobile changing facilities – is calling on event organisers and venues to consider people with specific personal care needs.

While outdoor locations sometimes offer ‘disabled toilets’, these are usually inadequate or inappropriate for thousands of disabled people who need to be lifted, require personal care while lying down, or have other specific needs.

PromoCon becomes Bladder and Bowel UK in rebrand investment

PromoCon becomes Bladder and Bowel UK

Worsley-based charitable service, PromoCon, has changed its name to Bladder and Bowel UK as part of a major brand overhaul and investment in its corporate identity.

The service, established over 20 years ago, is the only UK national helpline service providing information and support for adults and children with bladder and bowel dysfunction, their carers and the professionals who support them. The name change comes in a bid to make the service easier to find for anyone seeking support for bladder and bowel issues.

With an expert team of nurse specialists and product advisors, Bladder and Bowel UK provides clinical and product advice, signposting to additional support services, training, consultancy and much more.

Disability charity launches new strategy for delivering housing services


Sense also reveal new brand look

The national disability charity, Sense, today launches its new strategy for delivering housing services, which will enable more people with complex needs to live independently. It happens on the same day the charity unveils a “refreshed” brand identity, including a new logo and strapline, to reflect the breadth of the people it now supports. The charity hopes the changes will help it to achieve the ambitious goals set out in its three-year strategy launched earlier in the year.

Housing solutions 

Opening up gardening for wheelchair users


Gardening is a wonderful pastime to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. 

As well as physical and mental fitness, gardening improves social bonding, helping to bring people out of isolation, encouraging the mixing of people of all abilities and all generations; fighting the segregation often faced by people with disabilities.

Five years ago a group of French architects and artists got together with disabled gardeners to create the TERRAform wheelchair accessible allotment and TERRAform is now available in the UK.

New service for visually impaired adults with complex needs opens in Edinburgh


A brand new service for visually impaired adults with complex needs has opened its doors to residents. 

Allermuir, a specially designed care home in The Inch, Edinburgh, has been set up by Scottish charity, Royal Blind. 

The home is an extension of the charity’s adult services, building upon the success of its Forward Vision service for people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment aged 17-25.  

Allermuir will provide a home for life and community-based supported living with an excellent quality of care for adults with sight loss and complex needs aged 17 and over. 

And now all four of Allermuir’s residents have moved into the care home.

Sainsbury’s becomes first retailer to trial Slow Shopping concept


• Slow Shopping is designed to help the most vulnerable shoppers

• Sainsbury’s has invested over 50,000 hours in the past year on disability awareness training 

To help elderly customers and those with disabilities Sainsbury’s store in Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is trialling a new concept called Slow Shopping.