Change to mobility scheme rules

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

 

Up to 500 disabled people every week have had to give back the vehicles that help them stay independent because of a new tough benefits rule.

The Government “Motability” scheme allows disabled people to lease mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and cars.

But every week, between 400 and 500 people are forced to hand over their vehicles after a controversial “20-metre rule” was introduced, according to a report by a leading charity.


Using virtual reality and brain training to help paraplegics walk

“All eight patients experienced neurological improvements in somatic sensation (pain localisation, fine/crude touch, and proprioceptive sensing) in multiple dermatomes,” the team of academics wrote in its paper.

“Patients also regained voluntary motor control in key muscles below the SCI level, as measured by EMGs, resulting in marked improvement in their walking index.”

As a result of the research 50 per cent of the patients were “upgraded” to a diagnosis of partial paralysis, rather than full paralysis.”

More here at Wired.

 


Uber rolls out wheelchair accessible vehicles in London

https://newsroom.uber.com/uk/ldnwav/

“Convenient, safe and affordable transportation, everywhere for everyone. That’s the big idea at the heart of Uber – and now we’re another step closer to that goal.  
 
Today, developed with the support of UK disability charities Scope, Whizz-Kidz and Transport for All, we are proud to announce that Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) can be requested through the Uber app for the same price as an uberX.
 
Watch our first rider, Whizz-Kidz’s Young Trustees Chair George, taking uberWAV for a spin around town.”

This Is a Good Article By Another Wheelchair Traveler

And yeah, it takes courage.


If You’re Just Getting Started

I am not in total agreement with everything presented in this video (for example, i am a strong proponent of foam tires, no matter where you are), but if you have just recently been put into the world where wheelchair choice is an important thing, then the lovely, lighthearted way in which this issue is presented by Mary Allison Cook in the video is really valuable.


It’s one step-free step in the right direction.

Thanks, guys (not sarcastic)


Happy Anniversary

Twenty years ago today the Disability Discrimination Act was passed in the UK, later to become part of the Equality Act.


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