Don't quack like a duck, soar like an eagle
OK, I give up, where did September go? I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like the year is flying by!
It wouldn’t be the blog without our monthly travel story, but maybe, just maybe there is some light at the end of the tunnel. This story refers to the experiences of a wheelchair user who was told to leave a Ryanair flight because his wheelchair couldn’t fold. If you are a wheelchair user, I recommend you pay particular interest to the final paragraph of the story!https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-flight-disabled-passenger-pensioner-kicked-off-liverpool-airport-wheelchair-size-a8520446.html
The light at the end of tunnel is this new App, and oh yes, did I mention I’m referring to a train tunnel! This new App helps rail staff know exactly where a wheelchair-user passenger is in the station, platform etc, rather than relying a paper print-out handed to them earlier. A simple, but clever idea. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45656560
I recently came across this video that promotes the work of Admiral Nurses, who care for people living with Dementia. It reminded me of our ‘In Your Dreams’ project, where we used digital technology to reignite memories for people living with Dementia, their families and Carers. https://www.dementiauk.org/togetheragain/
As a wheelchair-user I understand how important my wheelchair is to me so that I can get on with my life. This story is about a lady talking about her life when she is without her wheelchair; ‘Alexa’! https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/wheelchair-disabled-felicia-british-red-cross-a8465091.html
It seems appropriate as we draw towards the end of our second year of our amazing Project 65, that our final workshop is on the subject of ‘scams and security’. A big ‘thank you’ in advance to Hartlepool Trading Standards who are supporting our workshop.
Here is an example of such a scam https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45590333 , or this one https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/four-jailed-over-furniture-scam-that-targeted-disabled-and-older-people/ It’s just a shame that something so positive as digital technology has a darker side. It’s always useful to regularly check sites such as one this to keep yourself updated on what’s going on https://www.getsafeonline.org/
As a footnote to Project 65, we were recently asked to provide some statistics on the service and two in particular stand out – the average age of people loaning a Tablet is 84 and amazingly 75% go on to buy one!
This story seemed to go under the radar a little, so I thought I’d share it with you! It would be so much easier if every week was ‘inclusion’ week, then no-one would notice the ‘difference’ being highlighted – or, is that just me! https://news.sky.com/story/national-inclusion-week-disability-is-not-an-ending-11504207
Joke of the Month: ‘I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don't pay it back, I'm going to get repossessed’
My wings are aching, the eagle has landed, see you next month!