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Keeping the grey matter active

Keeping the grey matter active

I hope that this is a bit of a fun. How many times have you had to do something that’s looked easy? Then you realise that you need to think quite hard. Its called concentration or keeping the grey matter active :-0). Its called the Stroop effect Picture 1             […]

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Employ physically disabled people

Employ physically disabled people

Have you ever thought about employing a disabled person? I’m thinking of people with a physical disability. Read this and think about it. D I S A B L E D It is such a tiny word, only 8 letters but it is a huge word when it comes to giving it a definition or […]

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PURElite 3 in 1 Magnifying Lamp

PURElite 3 in 1 Magnifying Lamp

PURElite 3 in 1 Magnifying Lamp can be used as a floor lamp, a table lamp or a clip-on lamp.  The bulbs of the multipurpose lamp create a near daylight effect. This makes them excellent for reading and as a study light. It offers natural light as well as magnification. And best of all, long […]

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Disability Hate Crime

Disability Hate Crime

Sometimes disability hate crime is known as disability abuse. I have heard and read stories about this appalling behaviour. Legal perception We all disapprove of disability hate crime but how many cases actually come to court and how many lead to successful prosecutions? Sadly very few come to court and even fewer lead to a […]

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She ticked the ‘disabled’ box

She ticked the ‘disabled’ box

The following extract is from ‘multiple-sclerosis-research.blogspot.co.uk Friday 20 December 2013’  In Europe 50% of MSers are unemployed within 10 years of diagnosis when they are unlikely to be physically disabled. There are so many other similar stories from people who have a progressive physical disability. Think outside the box Are you one of the 50%?  Unfair […]

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MuSmate a walking aid for footdrop

MuSmate a walking aid for footdrop

I have foot drop in my left leg. When the problem started to be an issue I used the MuSmate a walking aid for foot drop. It stops me dragging my toes along the ground and tripping me up. Without the mechanical elastic device called a Musmate I could fall over very easily when walking. The Musmate […]

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Benefits of employing the ‘disabled’

Benefits of employing the ‘disabled’

Reality check Finding work is a lot tougher than it used to be. If you are disabled and unemployed, the challenge can become even greater. Not necessarily because of the disability, but sometimes because of the assumption that a disabled applicant may not offer the same level of skills, knowledge, experience or commitment. But so […]

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Opening doors for disabled workers

Opening doors for disabled workers

So many people with a physical disability have problems when it comes to employment. Having a physical disability is a big enough problem but facing life as one of the unemployed is a blow that makes  ever thing seem even harder. The scars and trauma of being out of work can lead to the break […]

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Is it time for a new wheelchair access icon?

Is it time for a new wheelchair access icon?

We are all very familiar with the disabled person sign. It is a well known disability icon but do people assume that only only people in a wheel chair can be disabled? In fact people in a wheelchair represents only a tiny proportion of the disabled population. People who are deaf, blind, suffer from cerebral […]

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Doug Paulley wins First Bus discrimination ruling

Doug Paulley wins First Bus discrimination ruling

The BBC  printed an article on a disabled man who has won a legal ruling against the bus company First Bus Group over its wheelchair policy. You may remember I reported on a similar case with Arriva buses earlier this year. It seems that bus companies allow passengers who have already boarded the bus to […]

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The Disabled Prove Their Worth.

The Disabled Prove Their Worth.

IT was only when I worked closely with someone who was disabled that I came to appreciate the difficulties that he had to overcome. I first met Patrick Burke, in 2002, as a colleague on an overseas project. Patrick was an expert Information Technology analyst and programmer. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995 […]

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Most Common Mistakes to Avoid While Driving

Most Common Mistakes to Avoid While Driving

Important points for any driver In a vehicular world it becomes essential to know what mistakes to avoid while driving. Both experienced and inexperienced drivers should keep in mind some important points for their own safety and the safety of others. A car can soon become a piece of décor like the ones in and […]

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Seven councils in Wales charge for Blue Badge parking

Seven councils in Wales charge for Blue Badge parking

No one with a Blue Badge expects to pay to park their car. Now seven councils in Wales charge for Blue Badge parking. Is this the thin end of the wedge? Do councils really need the extra revenue by charging disabled people to park their cars? Will councils now do away with disabled parking bays? […]

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Bus firm Arriva wins landmark court case

Bus firm Arriva wins landmark court case

Arriva North East has been told to make “adjustments” so wheelchair users are not unduly disadvantaged. An article about the original problem was written in December, it can be seen here. Judge Peter Bowers at Teesside County Court ruled Arriva had not breached the Equality Act and had not left wheelchair users at “substantial disadvantage” […]

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Everything is a compromise

Everything is a compromise

Everything is a compromise. If you stop and think for a minute or two then its true. I have just seen an article on the BBC Website about a 1930’s bus shelter in Reading. It is definitely not fit for purpose. Quite a few of the windows are broken, guttering looks as if it needs […]

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Holiday in Thailand

Holiday in Thailand

Fully accessible resort Located on the beautiful coastline of Thailand’s eastern seaboard, only one hour’s drive from Bangkok, this fully accessible resort is in a wonderful rural setting with an elephant village right next door! With Thailand being only 350 miles from the equator at its southern most point you can expect great temperatures all […]

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Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV’s), Items For Your Consideration

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV’s), Items For Your Consideration

Here we take a look at a number of factors you might need to take into account when choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) that is right for you: To drive or not to drive Perhaps the first and most important point you need to take into account is do you wish to use a […]

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Brothels for disabled people

Brothels for disabled people

It doesn’t have to be just about sexual activity, sometimes building confidence is just as important There was a time when people would not consider having a sexual relationship with someone with a physical disability. In 2008, an Observer survey found that 70% of people would not consider having a sexual relationship with someone who […]

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Disabled passengers in Darlington sue bus firm Arriva

Disabled passengers in Darlington sue bus firm Arriva

Disabled people in North East England are being denied access to the buses. They are taking  Arriva buses to court because a number of passengers are claiming that the buses failed to stop upon request. Seven disabled people also claim wheelchair users have been refused access to some buses where there was already a pushchair […]

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Double Vision

Double Vision

I’m not too sure which is worse, double vision, drop-foot or squiffy balance.  At the moment the double vision wins hands down, ruins my quality of life. I had double vision this afternoon,  walked to the supermarket with my rollator, and I had to do everything with one eye shut all the time. I have […]

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Tallship Lord Nelson sets sail on round-the-world voyage

Tallship Lord Nelson sets sail on round-the-world voyage

A tallship with a disabled crew has set off on a 50,000-mile voyage around the globe. The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) ship Lord Nelson left Southampton on Trafalgar Day. On board are a crew of 50 people, of mixed physical abilities, including wheelchair users, they will sail the ship on the two-year voyage. Beryl Jones, […]

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The beauty of going it alone

The beauty of going it alone

Jenny Ford was devastated when ill health forced her to abandon the beauty therapy work she loved. Jenny Ford came to beauty therapy by accident after reading an advert for a free six-week course in nail art and beauty. After completing the course she began practising on friends who were enthusiastic about the results. She […]

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Words and Actions

Words and Actions

Leonie Martin was born in South Africa, grew up in Sheffield, and currently lives in Derbyshire with her husband and two children. She worked in the financial services sector and in education finance before becoming a freelance writer. Leonie is the author of: Multiple Sclerosis – the Essential Guide (Need2know, 2010) and Volunteering – the […]

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Access to Wembley Stadium

Access to Wembley Stadium

Wembley stadium is the home of English Football, it’s where the England team play their home games. Do not think that the stadium is only used for football. Saracens rugby club play the occasional important match there. It is close to Allianz Park, their home ground. Other activities take place at Wembley Stadium as well. Here […]

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‘Magic carpet’ can detect or even predict a fall

‘Magic carpet’ can detect or even predict a fall

Researchers have shown off a “magic carpet” that can detect falls and may even predict mobility problems. Falling over or losing your balance, this costs the NHS millions of pounds each day and it is a leading cause of mortality among over-70s. The carpet was demonstrated at the Photon12 conference in Durham, UK. Beneath the […]

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Benefit cheats ‘colour attitudes to disabled people’

Benefit cheats ‘colour attitudes to disabled people’

The government spends £100 million a year through the French private company ATOS to run the benefits system for people who are unable to work. There are people who could return to work and yet are claiming the benefits. The public perception is that its the disabled who are cheating the system, claiming benefits when […]

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Do senior managers do enough to support people with disabilities?

Do senior managers do enough to support people with disabilities?

The more senior in status a person, the less tolerance they have. Is this true? A persons’s cognitave ability is frequently not affected by a disability. Do disabled people find networking and negotiating office politics difficult? Quite frequently disabled people in senior management realise that working for themselvs is more rewarding and satisfying. Only too […]

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Hidden pleasures

Hidden pleasures

Disabled people want intimate relationships like everyone else. An able-bodied person takes many things for granted, these become major issues when you develop a disability. Can you imagine what it is like to be steadily losing your sense of balance? For so many people a relationship is vital to their quality of life. Why should […]

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What is loneliness?

What is loneliness?

To feel lonely is to be overwhelmed by an unbearable feeling of separateness, at a very deep level. Loneliness, is it social isolation? Chronic loneliness is a serious, life threatening condition. Studies of loneliness generally find high correlations with low self-esteem, shyness, self-consciousness, introversion, and the lack of assertiveness. Are these the result of a […]

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App for an Iphone Makes London accessible

App for an Iphone Makes London accessible

Recently I received the MS magazine Talking Point for May/June 2012 and it featured an article about Tobi. I met up with her a few days ago, her enthusiasm, stamina and passion for work puts me to shame. App for an Iphone Makes London accessible She has developed an app to put onto an Apple […]

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Should a disabled person pay road tax?

Should a disabled person pay road tax?

UK road tax can cost as much over £500 every year. Why should a disabled person pay road tax? It is not necessary. Click here to find out more information. You do not need to jump through many hoops, in fact it is a very easy process.   Many people believe a car is essential, […]

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‘It’s not your MS, it’s ours’

‘It’s not your MS, it’s ours’

Alastair Hignell is a patron of the Multipke Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC).  For further information about him please refer to Wiki Alastair_Hignell Below is his article. ‘It’s not your MS, it’s ours’ The best thing anybody’s ever said to me, bar none. The speaker was my wife Jeannie, seconds after I had broken the news […]

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Trevor Morgan

Trevor Morgan

I have worked on projects with Trevor on several occasions since we met in Slovenia in 2002. He has now retired from the computer industry and enjoys writing articles about wine. See the blog winejaw.blog by Trevor Morgan I was asked by Patrick, the founder of Aid4disabled , to write a article for his website. […]

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Magnetic Knife Rack

Magnetic Knife Rack

A Magnetic Knife Rack, its such an obvious way to store your sharp kitchen knives. You can see them, they are easy to reach so it is a much easier selection of the right knife for the job straight way. Now they are not rattling around in a drawer getting blunt. The Magnetic Knife Rack will help […]

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