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OxSight extends range of smart glasses with launch of OxSight Crystal™

Family buying OxSight glasses

UK-based technology start-up OxSight has launched a new smart glasses device for people with visual impairments. The new OxSight Crystal glasses, like the existing OxSight Prism glasses, use revolutionary image interpretation technology and algorithms to enhance the remaining sight for people with peripheral vision loss and make users feel more confident in their surroundings. Both OxSight Crystal and OxSight Prism have been approved as medical devices, and are available through eye health clinicians across the UK. The OxSight Crystal glasses were officially launched at an OxSight community event in London on 24th November. 

We wish you an autism friendly Christmas: helping those with autism during the festive season

autism friendly Christmas

Bright twinkling lights, carols, meeting new people, eating different foods...sound like a perfect Christmas? For people on the autistic spectrum, Christmas can be a stressful time and not the welcome break that most people enjoy. For most people these are things that make Christmas so special, however, for an individual with autism these are the very factors that make Christmas so difficult and a time to get through as quickly as possible. 

Appello launches new app, tackles social isolation

Man suffering from social isolation until introduced to the AppelloApp

Today, as part of its digital service, Smart Living Solutions, Appello launches its app, the AppelloApp​, to help older people remain safe and secure in their own homes, whilst staying connected.

The AppelloApp allows residents to video call their friends and neighbours, and manage video door entry without leaving the comfort of their armchairs – decreasing the likelihood of falls and accidents. The app will also provide a medication reminder hub, allowing residents to take ownership of their medication schedule and providing reassurance to their family and caregivers.

How A WC Is Helping One Man Get His Privacy Back

WC Closmat Asana

When electrician Kyle McAdam Whyte arranged to go out with friends four years ago, he little realised the consequences: it would involve him losing even his ability to go to the loo without help.

The car in which he was passenger was involved in an accident, which left Kyle unconscious and with life-changing injuries. High level spinal damage has left him unable to do most things for himself- even daily activities such as going to the toilet. So, he has used some of his compensation to adapt his family home, and install the latest in smart toilet technology- a Closomat Asana.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium launches £30,000 Changing Places fundraising campaign

Family happy about the Changing Places fundraising campaign

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium has launched a £30,000 public appeal to fund the installation of a registered Changing Places toilet, an essential facility for many people with disabilities.

This new fundraising campaign was launched by Finn from Twyford, who has cerebral palsy, his family, and Steve Brine MP – Minister for Public Health and Primary Care.

Designed, Sealed, Delivered - The Blackwood Design Awards

The Blackwood Design Awards

THE SEARCH to find the brightest and best innovations to help people with disabilities has been launched by a leading care provider. The Blackwood Design Awards are an annual celebration of cutting edge designs and adaptations which help people with disabilities live life independently.

The Awards are open to all, with talented amateurs having as much chance of success as a seasoned pro, as both simple and high-tech designs are welcome.

It boasts a rich history of success, with previous entries including the ‘S’up Spoon’, which enables people with shaky hands to eat more easily, as well as a design for glasses which allow visually impaired runners to follow a running track.

A new twist on Beauty and the Beast at Unity Theatre this Christmas

Beauty and the Beast at Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre, Action Transport Theatre and DaDaFest look at an age-old fairy tale classic with new eyes this Christmas, from 30 November to 5 January at Unity Theatre. If you think you know Beauty and the Beast - think again! Friendship – not just love – is in the air, as our two central characters take the form of two unlikely friends who put their differences aside in this heart-warming festive production.

Recognising the early signs before you’re burned out

Recognising the early signs before you’re burned out

According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days are lost due to work related stress in 2017 with 595,000 British workers suffering from Mental Health issues such as depression and anxiety over the last 12 months with 239,000 new cases. Further research by the CIPD and SimplyHealth found presenteeism had more than tripled from 26 per cent in 2010 to 86 per cent in 2018 and was associated with rising stress levels. Following these recent statistics, Instant Offices shows what the early signs of suffering burnout and how to effectively avoid hitting rock bottom.

Chapterful launches the UK’s first personalised children’s book which includes a wheelchair option

UK’s first personalised children’s book which includes a wheelchair option

THE UK’s first personalised children’s book to include a wheelchair option has launched in the UK.

Where Next, Teddy? from Chapterful puts children at the heart of their own night-time adventure. Not only is the story personalised with the protagonist’s name featured throughout, the main character can be customised depending on the recipient’s features, including hair colour and whether they wear glasses. 

It is also includes the option to sit the child in a wheelchair – the first for a British personalised children’s book.  

Louis Porter of publishers Chapterful said: “We wanted to create a beautifully illustrated children’s book that puts the recipient right at the heart of the story.

Department of Health and Social Care to launch care worker recruitment pilot to inform a national campaign

DHSC

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is launching a month-long pilot communications programme to promote jobs in the adult social care sector. The pilot starts October 31st and is taking place in Gloucestershire and Tyne and Wear. This will test and identify the optimal marketing channels in different geographical locations to inform a national campaign in early 2019.

Two new beach wheelchairs purchased for the Pembrokeshire Coast

People using beach wheelchairs

The Pembrokeshire Coast is famous for its winding Coast Path and picturesque sandy beaches, and with the help of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, several beaches can be accessed by specially designed beach wheelchairs.

Wheelchairs for use on sandy beaches are available to hire under the National Park Authority’s beach wheelchairs scheme at eight locations across Pembrokeshire for a small fee or no charge.

The Authority’s Access Manager, Anthony Richards said: “The wheelchairs have proved to be very popular over the years and with funding from the Welsh Government we have recently acquired two new beach wheelchairs, to replace the wheelchairs at Saundersfoot harbour and Poppit Sands café.

MyLiferaft

Myliferaft portal on computers and tablets

Are you a parent caring for a child with complex needs, or an older relative who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Are you an individual with a long-term disability that means time spent managing your care records and appointments? Do you have to constantly repeat information to family, friends and professionals within your care circle? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then MyLiferaft was designed for you.

The Asana - In The Flush Of Ultimate Wellness

The Asana Toilet

A loo that claims to deliver the ultimate in intimate care can also deliver the ultimate in future-proofed and stylish bathroom design, through developments in flushing technology. The Asana is the latest multi-functional WC to be designed and engineered by Closomat, Britain’s brand leader in enabled toileting. It combines shower toilet assistive technology (integrated douching and drying) for able and disabled alike, with contemporary styling- which extends right through to the flush operating mechanisms.

DFN Charitable Foundation Begins Bold New Chapter

David Forbes-Nixon CEO of DFN Charitable Foundation

DFN Charitable Foundation Begins Bold New Chapter: Organisation confirms CEO appointment.

The DFN Charitable Foundation, founded in 2014 by David Forbes-Nixon, has announced the appointment of a new CEO as it continues its life-changing work for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Kevin Horne, from Norwich, joins as CEO of the DFN Charitable Foundation (‘the Foundation’) and DFN Project Search after 21 years heading a multi-million pound business services enterprise, through which he actively developed employability initiatives to support those with learning disabilities.

Exemplar to host mental illness specialist learning and networking event in Wigan

Exemplar to host mental illness event

Exemplar Health Care are set to host an informal evening of learning and networking aimed at Wigan based health professionals. Led by Exemplar Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Peter Marshall the event on Wednesday 7th November will see Dr Marshall share his insights into the link between severe mental illness and physical health inequalities.

Specialising in treating individuals living with severe mental ill-health, including people with treatment resistant schizophrenia, Dr Marshall works with them to develop new strategies to improve their lives.

The Invictus Games closes with inspiring ceremony

Invictus Games athletes embrace

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover has come to a spectacular end with a sell out Closing Ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena officially bringing the fourth edition of the Games to a close.

Featuring ARIA award-winning band Birds of Tokyo, Grammy-nominated singer Aloe Blacc, Colin Hay and The Kingdom Choir, the Closing Ceremony capped off a week that saw more than 100,000 people flock to Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour to watch 500 competitors from 18 nations contest medals in 11 sports.  

Jenni Meredith - When challenging the system results in medical progress

Jenni Meredith - When challenging the system results in medical progress

UCan2 contributor Jenni Meredith comments on the changes in regulation concerning cannabis oil, and talks about mental health issues and accessible loos...

Do All Systems Go?

Systems are necessary. Everything we do has some sort of structure. It’s the rigidity built into systems that gets me going. Surely flexibility is optimal? So why are we faced daily with the inflexibility of systems imposed, it would seem, just to make us think more mechanically? Is this what Andy Warhol meant when he famously said he wanted to be a machine? But that was back in the mid ‘70s— an analogue era with no computer algorithms to curtail his creative flow.

First resident moves into Scunthorpe Supported Living scheme

Eden Futures Scunthorpe Supported Living scheme

A new supported living service run by Eden Futures in North Lincolnshire has welcomed its first resident this week.

*Kelly moved into one of the eight specialist apartments that have been designed to provide a supported living service for people who require an alternative to residential care provision and with a learning disability or mental health need.

The new service in Scunthorpe is a re-development of two existing bungalows into enhanced, specialist supported living apartments that each includes their own front door, a bedroom, a bathroom/wet room and an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner.  Each person has their own private garden, and the facility has assistive technology built in to the infrastructure to aid independent living. 

Sunrise and Gracewell's Director of Memory Care to Publish Ground-breaking New Book

Sunrise and Gracewell's Director of Memory Care to Publish Ground-breaking New Book

Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, is set to publish an innovative new book inspired by her 40 years of work tackling dementia.
As a leading Occupational Therapist specialising in dementia, Jackie has long made the case for ‘rementia’ – the possibility of reversing the symptoms of the condition and restoring lost functions. Having started her journey as an occupational therapy assistant in the 1980s, Jackie has devoted her career to dementia care and researching how individuals can be supported to maintain their current abilities for longer.