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Accessibility, Mobility, Aids and Equipment

Includes links to sites with products or services which have been either used or suggested by members or others with MS. The MS People UK site does not endorse these sites but merely includes them for your information.

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  1. The ACCESS-AID is a small device that clips onto your window when you find that you cannot get into a designated disabled parking bay - whether it's at a supermarket, cinema, pub, restaurant or public car park.

    Once clipped on to the window - depending what side of the car you are on (driver or passenger) - it will then warn other drivers who park next to you that you are a disabled driver or passenger and will need a little extra bit of space to enter your vehicle.
  2. Factsheets from the RNIB about accessible mobile phones and mobile phone software applications that are available from RNIB and other suppliers for blind and partially sighted people.
  3. The Accessible Property Register was set up in 2003 by Conrad Hodgkinson, Christine Barton, and Lindsay Yarrow. Christine and Lindsay are wheelchair users so we have personal experience of the barriers faced by disabled and older people in relation to housing.

    Accessible Property Register:
    Specialises in promoting wheelchair accessible and adapted property, and wheelchair access holiday accommodation Accepts adverts for wheelchair accessible property suitable for disabled people for sale and rent Promotes wheelchair access social housing and private residential property Can recommend approved estate agents in most parts of the country Provides links and useful information relating to property and disabled access
  4. At the Active Mobility Centre we offer a wide range of products to help make your life easier but most important of all we offer the expert help and advice that you deserve and an excellent after sales service. Run by a wheelchair user.
  5. AskSARA is an award-winning guided advice tool developed by national charity the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) to help people find solutions to their daily living problems.

    AskSARA is very simple to use. Just choose the topic you wish to complete, respond to the questions and then go to your report. The report contains useful advice written by the DLF's team of occupational therapists as well as details of products that might help you. This information is drawn from the DLF's impartial database of equipment that aims to include details of every product on the market.

    After viewing your report, you can go back to answer more topics, print the report out or email the report to yourself or a friend.
  6. Over a 1/4 million people need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted.
    The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.
    Not sure where your nearest Changing Places toilet is? Take a look at our map which allows you to search through all registered Changing Places toilets.
  7. DLF is a national charity that provides impartial advice, information and training on daily living aids.
  8. An easy-to-use website designed to make buying and selling second-hand disability equipment painless. Also has new items.

    Guido, a member here, is the owner of the site and offers the following information on the site:

    We launched in May-09 and the response has been enthusiastic and positive, meaning that with more users it is working more effectively for all parties, providing choice and less expense for buyers, and buyers for sellers.

    You can search by keyword, price, distance or category & sub-category.

    Users can show or hide private details as initial contact can be made direct through site - maintaining privacy at 1st if required.
  9. Daily living aids to help the disabled community, the elderly and others facing mobility difficulties. The site hopes it will be useful for the disabled community, the elderly or those who look after people with mobility difficulties.
  10. Information from the government. Includes community alarms, appling to your local council for equipment or help adapting your home, garden maintenance, etc.
  11. Living made easy is an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living.

    It has been developed by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity with 40 years' experience in providing independent advice about independent living for disabled adults and children, older people, their carers and families. DLF is a founder member of the Information Standard, a certification scheme for health and social care information.

    Living made easy's core value is impartiality. In this website we aim to provide comprehensive and independent information about daily living equipment available to the public from national suppliers. This product information is supported by expert advice created by our team of occupational therapists.

    Our advice and information is:
    Impartial Independent Trustworthy  
  12. MediPAL® the original Medical Alert ID card is an ingenious way of making sure that if you have a medical emergency your personal medical status is immediately available wherever and whatever situation you find yourself in.

    MediPAL® is a smart Medical Alert Card, in hospital blue with a green cross and made of hard wearing plastic.

    An Emergency Contact Card that fits neatly into your purse or wallet, MediPAL® card with its unique and simple design allows medical staff to easily recognize the card as your own personal Emergency Alert ID. They will have instant access to your important medical history and prescription drugs; this really matters when a quick diagnosis is vital. Your next of kin and doctors details are also displayed. Use the space to personalize your card with any special instructions that would be important if you are taken ill or have an accident. If there is space we will print whatever you need to say.
  13. The Musmate Walking Aid was developed by people with multiple sclerosis to help them to walk. People who have had a stroke also find it beneficial. It helps with the dropping of your foot, assists the bending of your knee and can make swinging your leg forward easier. It is available in a range of sizes and colours and has a 30-day free trial to ensure it is right for you!
  14. QEF is a national charity committed to providing life-transforming services that enable people with disabilities to increase their independence and achieve their goals in life.

    We work with over 4,000 children and adults every year with physical or learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries. Whether it’s gaining new skills to live independently, rehabilitation after a brain injury or stroke, or improving independence through increased mobility and accessible holidays; QEF helps disabled people to fulfil their potential in life.
  15. The National Key Scheme (NKS) offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country. Toilets fitted with National Key Scheme (NKS) locks can now be found in shopping centres, pubs, cafés, department stores, bus and train stations and many other locations in most parts of the country.
  16. Remap is a national charity that works through local groups of skilled volunteers. We help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs. This tailor made equipment helps people to carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for help, or helps them take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible.
    We are pleased to give people our equipment free of charge. This is because we are a charity and are not trying to make money. All our running costs are covered by donations and support from charities and our volunteers give their time for free.
  17. The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers is the leading expert in user-centred research involving disabled and older consumers. We are an independent, national charity with a board of twelve trustees, all of whom have personal experience of disability.
    Founded by the Consumers’ Association, now Which?, we have over 50 years’ experience of specialist research and publishing high-quality information.
  18. Free NHS funded sight test in your own home. Visioncall are a UK-wide provider of free NHS funded home sight tests, which means that we come to you.

    The Visioncall sight test is delivered to you in your home or care home by our highly trained and dedicated team of home visit opticians, optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants, with full back-up from our experienced office staff and technicians.

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