Truly accessible gardens are few and far between. This is a crying shame as there are so many health benefits to gardens – from improved sleep to better mental health. A study by researchers Soga, Gaston & Yamaura published on Science Direct found: “Participating in gardening activities has a significant positive impact on health. Indeed, the positive association with gardening was observed for a wide range of health outcomes, such as reductions in depression and anxiety symptoms, stress, mood disturbance, and BMI, as well as increases in quality of life, sense of community, physical activity levels, and cognitive function.”
If your family has accessibility issues, finding a day out can be somewhat of a nightmare at times – so UCan2 editor Victoria Galligan visited Legoland Windsor to see how accessible the park is, and how scary the rides are, too! Read her review of the park here…
Although Legoland Windsor’s latest attraction has a horror theme, you won’t be left trembling when trying to organise your day out there.
I went along with my family to see how staff at the block-built wonderland have been working with the Business Disability Forum to ensure they are meeting the needs of disabled customers and delivering the best customer experience possible.
Daniel Williams, the founder of Visualise Training and Consultancy, has a canine carer and here gives an honest account of life with Guide Dogs.
As someone with a severe visual impairment, my assistance dog is a vital part of my life, both as a guide and friend. We have a special bond that you will understand if you have seen the Sponsor a Guide Dog ads on TV. They show just how much assistance dogs give independent lives back to people with visual impairments, and how that independence is to be treasured.
Wheelchair accessible transportation can be a huge problem for those with a disability and/or those that care for someone with a disability. Public transportation can be difficult and unreliable, plus it does not always get you to where you need to go. Fortunately, in recent times there have been some incredible advances in disability friendly motoring with many vehicles now available for those with a disability to either drive themselves or ride as passenger safely and comfortably.
A young autistic man from West Sussex who has never been on holiday before because he experiences severe anxiety is celebrating making an overnight trip to Alton Towers.
Sam Motton, aged 25, made the 230-mile to journey alongside two members of staff from Coneyhurst Lodge residential service in Worthing where he lives.
‘It worked out really well,” said Coneyhurst service manager, Elvira Panxha.
“He was amazing. He was really calm and cheerful and took everything in his stride. We helped prepare him for the visit by taking him out on regular short trips to different places and then staying a while to slowly build up his confidence.”
Enter our competition to win a MyHailo unique wireless key fob, which enables drivers to call for assistance from their car.
The MyHailo system, which is endorsed by the charity Disability Motoring UK, enables drivers with mobility problems to avoid the humiliation of having to blast their horn or wave out of the window to summon an attendant, or even being verbally abused by other drivers.
bathstore, the UK's leading specialist bathroom retailer, is extremely proud to introduce it's new Easy Bathing range, designed specifically to make beautiful bathrooms accessible to everybody.
bathstore has long recognised that a bathroom is a complex and personal purchase, where the customers’ wants and needs are at the heart of the journey, from inspiration to installation. The new Easy Bathing range puts this philosophy into practice, creating a collection of stylish bathroom products tailored to every customer.
There are many reasons as to why you may need a mobility scooter. Whatever those reasons may be, a mobility scooter is a significant investment.
Everyone knows how devastating it can be when you’re stuck at home, ill, unable to move with just newspapers and the TV to keep you company. But limited mobility should not get in the way of you or a loved one, enjoying an exciting and fulfilling life! Below are a few of many benefits of owning a mobility scooter.
Modern mobility scooters fit in brilliantly with the ever-changing ways in which people socialise.
The Accessibility Mark scheme is opening fresh avenues for riding centres, helping them provide more riding opportunities for disabled people. While this is good for the footfall of the business it brings a whole new set of challenges to the centres and their staff.
This is where the role of an Accessibility Support Officer (ASO) is vital to the success of the scheme.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.
· Two new lifts now serve the Zone 1 station, providing step-free access between the ticket halls and all three platforms
· Tower Hill is London’s 68th step-free Tube station
· More than half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations to become step-free by 2018
London Underground’s (LU’s) Tower Hill station is the latest on the Tube network to become step-free, following the installation of two new lifts between the ticket halls and all three platforms.
People for Research (PfR) have just launched a new campaign to promote digital accessibility that will run throughout 2016 with the support of charities, gifted bloggers and other British companies. With an estimated 400 million disabled people browsing the web worldwide, it becomes increasingly important to test all websites and apps for full accessibility.