Category: Help and Advice

How To Look After Your Mobility Scooter

If you have owned a car you will have had to ensure that it passes its MOT every year, as well as carry our a regular service to help keep it ticking over properly. Also, a regular wash to clean off abrasive and corrosive salt, grit and grime, can add years to the lifespan of

New Special Needs Resource

Launched in December 2018 by the parent of a special needs child who has spent 14 years supporting his child who has learning and physical disabilities, “Special Needs Today is run by parents for parents” and is a “one-stop shop” of easily understandable information covering health and lifestyle issues. The site aims to help parents

My Life as a Child Carer

I am not one for writing about my feelings or discussing them with others but I have been told doing so could help me as well as hopefully helping others. My Name is Kirsty.  My mum was diagnosed with MS in her late 30’s and hid it from me as a very young child as

Disabled Bloggers Wanted

ABLEize is looking for disabled bloggers to express their thought, views or just tell others about their life experiences. You have a story to tell and people want to read it, its your time to shine. Disabled Bloggers Wanted ABLEize has been around since 2006 the directory @ www.ableize.com is the biggest and most viewed

Home Automation Helping the Disabled

Home automation is a major advance as far as benefiting people with disabilities is concerned. Turning your house into a smart home has limitless advantages to make life easier. Undertaking tasks that many physically disabled people cannot do or find it difficult to undertake now becomes easy and offers greater independence. What can home automation

Legal and Practical Help After Spinal Cord Injury

Around 1000 people within the UK and Ireland will receive a substantial spinal cord injury in the next 12 months with the highest rate of injury occurring between the ages of 15 to 38. The most common cause of spinal cord injury are road traffic accidents (36.8%) trips and falls (41.7%) sports injuries with the

Coping with a New Disability

Some people are born with a disability or disabling condition, others acquire them later in life. A recent disability could be the result of an accident or injury, an illness, a long-term condition or something temporary or short-term. Whatever the reason, coming to terms with your new disability will require a number of lifestyle changes.

Stair lifts for Tricky Staircases

Stair lifts are a real blessing for those who own homes with more than one floor. Unfortunately, there’s a common misconception that stair lifts can only be used on standard stair cases. This is not the case. In fact, you can install one in practically any home to help retain your independence and prevent you

Secret to Staying Fit and Healthy – Whatever Your Age or Ability

In today’s world, staying healthy is a priority for everybody and that includes all ages and disabilities. People in their retirement stay as active as possible in order to maintain their wellbeing using a combination of good nutrition and physical exercise and the same can apply to all disabilities, it is not always easy to

Campaign for Disabled Nappy Changing Facilities

Parents and carers of severely disabled adults and children that need disabled nappy changing facilities have virtually no facilities outside of their adapted homes should their nappy need changing. This is a long-standing problem that is yet to be addressed by the Equality Act. Thankfully the parents and carers have a campaign called Space to

How to Safely Use a Walking Stick

Once you have measured yourself correctly for the correct height walking stick and you are holding it in the hand opposite to the affected leg or side of you, there are some hazards inside and outside to be mindful of before you begin walking with a stick. How to safely use a walking stick: Starting

Understanding Diabetic Footwear

Most of us know about diabetes and probably even know somebody that is diabetic so may well understand the risks and the complications that this common, yet dangerous condition can cause. Because many diabetics have varying levels of sensitivity in their feet they are often at risk of ulcers, calluses and other conditions that most

Disabled Computer Aid | Dragon Naturally Speaking

Just popping in a quick entry to share my experiences of voice activation and dictation systems. Many years ago I purchased and tried a voice-activation system, it drove me up the wall and simply made me frustrated. So it threw it to the back of the cupboard. It took me some persuading with a friend,

What is the Running Cost of a Stairlift

In these times of high electricity prices many of us, especially those on a low income are very concerned about running up high bills, we have kettles that boil just one cup, energy saving light bulbs, solar panel options and much more to save money by reducing the electricity where we can. It is not

Wheelchair Egress More Important Than Access

I can almost guarantee that 95% of wheelchair users that enter into a multi-storey building will be thinking ahead and be concerned if they will be able to access the upper floors via lift, is the lift wide enough and will there be disabled toilets. These are quite natural concerns, I know because I’ve been