Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Providing support for a blind friend is about more than making sure he avoids obstacles, says Daniel Levene, as he prepares for the onset of his own blindness. When Wayne describes the day it's like he is describing a Rothko painting. “It's red with a thick band of yellow across the top and a thinner … Continue reading Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Product review: Apple Watch Series 2 – more power to your wrist

Product review: Apple Watch Series 2 – more power to your wrist

While other reviewers have focussed on enhancements to the latest version of Apple’s wearable, Ian Macrae continues to be blown away by its usability and the level of access to information it brings to disabled people. There’s a line somewhere in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy along the lines that humans had … Continue reading Product review: Apple Watch Series 2 – more power to your wrist

End of repeat assessments brings hope and uncertainty

End of repeat assessments brings hope and uncertainty

Following the announcement by the new secretary of state for Work and Pensions that people with on-going health conditions or impairments which will only get worse will no longer have to go through repeat assessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Ruth Patrick reflects on the mixed impact of this welcome change. The man now … Continue reading End of repeat assessments brings hope and uncertainty

3D printing brings vision for a customised future

3D printing brings vision for a customised future

Personalisation, customised fitting, faster production and much lower costs. Helen Dolphin says there’s much to celebrate in the concept of 3D-printed wheelchairs. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The process is additive, which means that layers of material are laid down in succession until … Continue reading 3D printing brings vision for a customised future

Who may benefit from May’s benefit rethink?

Who may benefit from May’s benefit rethink?

As Theresa May’s government continues to bed in, commentators suggest that her approach to social security may be different from the Cameron/Osborne slash and burn approach. But what will take its place and what difference will it make to disabled people? Ruth Patrick reports. Standing on the steps of 10 Downing Street, newly appointed Prime … Continue reading Who may benefit from May’s benefit rethink?