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10 Accessible Christmas Gifts For Disabled People

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you scroll, which is a sign that it’s time to find some accessible Christmas gifts for your friend or loved one with a disability. Well, look no further! The Disability Horizons Shop is packed with gorgeous yet practical Christmas gifts for disabled people of all ages and abilities. Below we share our top 10 accessible Christmas gifts for disabled people this Christmas…

Actually I Can: Independence stories

Independence is incredibly valuable to everyone, but that is particularly the case if you’re disabled. It can give you confidence, self-belief and a sense of achievement. It can make you feel more included and part of a community. But many disabled people fear this isn’t possible for them. Disability charity Leonard Cheshire wants to show that it is by celebrating the accomplishments of disabled people in securing independence with its new campaign Actually I Can.

58% Of Disabled People Feel Anxious About The Easing Of Lockdown

A survey conducted by Disability Horizons has found that nearly 60% of people feel really anxious about the easing of lockdown restrictions, and 49% feel the same about the changes to the shielding guidelines. Read on to find out what the new shielding guidelines are, discover more about what disabled people really think and read first-hand experiences from people who have been shielding. After the relaxation of some lockdown rules in June, the start of July saw parts of the UK being able to do

8 Useful Or Unique PPE On The Shop

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, personal protective equipment (PPE) has been much talked about and often in short supply. If you’re disabled or have a health condition and use carers or personal assistance, PPE is likely to be even more important. On the Disability Horizons Shop, we’ve been able to get a range of PPE – including aprons, masks and face shields – to help with the demand. Here, we round up 8 items that are particularly useful or unique. If you’re not sure what type of P

What access means to me – Access Rating

Social enterprise Access Rating has launched a new campaign called “What access means to me”, where people of the disability community share their thoughts on what access is to them. This could be having adequate wheelchair access in buildings, include Changing Places toilets in all venues, having information available in alternative formats, such as audio, braille and BSL, and reasonable adjustments for those with neurodiverse conditions....

Coronavirus shopping safely: how to get your food if you’re disabled

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, supermarkets have continued to trade, both in-store and online, in order to feed the nation during the lockdown. Special measures have been put in place to keep both customers and staff safe during this unprecedented time. For disabled people and those in one of the ‘vulnerable’ groups, the challenges can be even tougher. To help make it easier, we have collated all the information on how you can access supermarkets safely and get priority access to online deliveries.

5 Inaccessible Dilemmas for Wheelchair Users on Train Journeys

I love travelling around the UK to attend gigs, festivals, theatre shows and visiting friends. Plus I have to attend many appointments at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. For some of these journeys, I travel by train to get to my destination. However, being a wheelchair user does come with many barriers in order to access a train, platform, carriage or staff assistants when using the rail network. In this guest blog post, I share five inaccessible dilemmas I’ve experienced on train journeys:

8 stylish accessible gifts for disabled people this Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us again and it’s time to start looking for the perfect accessible gift for friends and family who have a disability. Well, look no further! Here at Disability Horizons, we’ve launched a new online shop, packed with fashionable, practical, accessible and unique products for disabled people. To start the festive cheer, we wanted to share our top eight accessible gifts for disabled people this Christmas…

The Reality of Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy & Acute Retinal Necrosis

Emma’s guest post is the 31st post in the segment on my blog, called “The Reality Of…” which gives others the ability to share their story and raise awareness of the disabilities, illnesses, impairments and invisible illnesses that they have. Hi, my name is Emma Purcell and I’m a 25-year-old blogger, freelance writer and journalism graduate from Hampshire. I currently live in Alton but was born and raised in the area of Portsmouth. I was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and became registered blind in 2005...

5 disability aids that can help you live independently

Looking for some disability aids and gadgets to make everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, studying and even watching TV easier? Well, Disability Horizons is here to help you gain more independence with these five simple accessible gadgets. If none of these work for you, visit our new Disability Horizons Shop with a range of disability gadgets, including kitchen, bathroom and dressing aids, gardening tools, hoists, car and wheelchair accessories and adaptive clothing. This one-touch automa

How the Access Card scheme can help you convey your needs

A scheme in the UK is continuing to support disabled people in disclosing their needs to providers in an easy and dignified manner. The Access Card simply translates a persons’ disability or condition into symbols that highlight the barriers they face and the reasonable adjustments they might need in a particular public place, tourist attraction or venue. The scheme was created four years ago by Nimbus Disability, a social enterprise, who provides advice and guidance to organisations on how bes
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