mobility

Able2 expands their comprehensive range of rollators

Woman sat on Able2 rollator

June sees Able2 expand their comprehensive range of rollators with another string to their bow – the EZ Fold-N-Go.

For many, a rollator is a great way to keep mobile as the years pass: it provides support when walking, is often somewhere to sit for minute and can on occasion handily store bits and bobs picked up during a trip to town. Nowadays, with space at a premium wherever we go, a rollator can seem a cumbersome piece of equipment when you’re trying to tuck it out of the way.

The new EZ Fold-N-Go is different, folding both widthways and front to back this product measures just 33 x 25cm when folded and so is easy to tuck in a corner out of the way.  

6 ways to make sure customers spend the purple pound

Purple pound - a clothes shop with a lift

The purple pound - the collective spending power of those with disabilities – is worth a hefty £249 billion to the UK economy. But campaigners say that it is not being fully realised by businesses and organisations across the country. 

As well as improving a company’s financial outlook, there are clear moral and legal obligations of improving accessibility – which can be straightforward and, quite often, totally free too.    

Cibes Lift UK has worked with a range of retail outlets across the country to install equipment to enable step free access to their premises.  

How driverless cars can assist people with disabilities

Driverless cars – a button on the dashboard for automated driving

With driverless cars gearing up to hit the roads in the months and years to come, the motoring world looks set to experience one of its biggest shifts very shortly. Autonomous car technology is already being looked at by big-name vehicle manufacturers like Lexus and Mercedes, while Tesla has already begun to trial its driverless Autopilot system on UK roads. Google is testing its own automated technology as well, while there are rumours that Apple has teamed up with German car maker BMW to create its own vehicle — there’s speculation that this set of wheels will be automated too.

Making driving with a disability easier with designed2enable

Back rest from designed2enable

For many disabled people, their car is a lifeline. It provides independence, enabling people to stay active by getting out of the house and socialising with others. However, for some, getting in and out of the car and refuelling can be a challenge.

Katherine of designed2enable Ltd has therefore put together a list of car-related products to help make life a little easier and more pleasurable for disabled drivers and passengers…

Top 4 products for disabled drivers and passengers:

Blue badge holder from designed2enable

Tetraplegia charity Regain launches Transforming Lives appeal 

The Regain Transforming Lives appeal launch

Regain, the charity for sports tetraplegics, is excited to announce its new fundraising appeal, Transforming Lives. Aiming to raise one million pounds, the Transforming Lives campaign was officially launched at the Waldorf Hotel on Thursday 22nd November by the charity’s founder and chairman, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, and former Olympic swimmer and Regain patron, Mark Foster.

Mark Lane: Gardening tips for people who thought they could never garden

Mark Lane is an afeard-winning landscape gardener and TV host

Mark Lane, wheelchair user and presenter of the award-winning BBC Gardeners’ World, as well as the RHS Flower Shows, discusses getting out into the garden and how to make gardening easier if you have mobility issues…

It doesn’t matter what level of ability you have, you can still enjoy gardening. Gardening makes you feel safe and secure and it has a positive effect on mental and physical wellbeing. With these simple tips you can get outside, enjoy nature, be alone for personal reflection or socialise with family and friends.

Gardening tips

Considerations When Adapting a Car for a Disabled User

Wheelchair accessible

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.

Freedom

Why Naidex was well worth a visit for all things mobility

Sensara awards at Naidex

Naidex 2018 – Europe’s largest and most established event for the disability sector – took place at Birmingham’s NEC last week. It welcomed guests including actor Warwick Davies and beauty vlogger Kat (see video), not to mention a whole host of expert speakers on everything from social media to spinal cord injuries.

Our editor Victoria Galligan went along to meet exhibitors, are here are some of her highlights:

Four-year-old's mobility dilemma solved by vehicle hire company

Mobility - Mary in the car

A little girl with one of the world’s rarest medical complaints was giving a boost by disability vehicle specialist Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH) when her family hit severe mobility problems.

Four-year-old Mary Allen, of Nantwich, Cheshire, was born with macrocephaly-capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP) – a condition that affects only 300 people globally and leads to severe physical and learning problems. She also suffers from hydrocephalus and epilepsy, which cause life threatening seizures, and has spent her life in and out of hospitals, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Leighton Hospital in Crewe.

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. 

Maintain your independence with Spring Chicken Ltd

independence

We all value our independence, without it we can feel defeated, depressed and at a loss.

It is therefore imperative that people living with disabilities have as much encouragement and aid to help maintain a healthy independent lifestyle whether that is something as simple as opening packaging, putting socks on or travelling and engaging in social activities whilst creating a sense of independence.We offer gadgets that allow an individual living with a disability to keep their independence doing day-to-day tasks inside and outside their home.