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'Don't quack like a duck, soar like an eagle'

Do you know if anyone has invented a nozzle that prevents unleaded petrol going into a diesel car?  I thought they had, until it happened to me earlier this month!

There is a purpose to telling you about this disaster as it hightlighted the lack of accessible taxis in the town.  I rang one local taxi company at 3:00 in the afternoon only to be informed that an accessible taxi would be available at 7:10 that evening which was a bonus as all the other companies I rang said they didn't have any!  However, I have heard on the grapevine that there is potentially light at the end of the tunnel as apparently the local authority have agreed the use of rear-entry accessible taxis in Hartlepool, which due to their affordability may see an increase in the number of vehicles available for people with mobility issues.

You may remember last month that I said I would find more information about the new pension scheme coming in next year and this has proved more difficult than I first imagined.  However, I have found a usseful link on YouTube that explains how to register with NEST (National Employment Savings Trust) and this may help take away some of your questions and concerns around adding your support staff to the pension scheme.  This is an introductory video that explains this process 

If you support people with learning disabilities either as a family member, or paid support role you may find this article both interesting and concerning, as it discussed the issues that people with learning disabilities face in relation to their eye care

Did you hear about the story about the seven year old girl with Down's Syndrome who has asked to provide proof of her disability at Flamingo Land   Maybe a review of their 'Common Sense' Policy would be a good idea!  Perhaps the Disability ID Card highlighted in a previous post would have been useful on this occasion

My wings are aching and the eagle has landed, see you next month!

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