The award is organised by Stelios, owner of EasyJet and is in its fifth year and offers 50 K to the winner with two runners-up receiving 1K each to help with growing their business.
Shame I didn't make it I was going to invite you all to the pub!
What should you look for?
What should you expect?
What can you do to help your lawyer?
The site not only offers you the chance to view a collection of almost 3000 sites and 450 specific categories but provides a great outlet for businesses to share their product ideas and new daily living aids that make our lives just a little bit easier.
Ableize disability information and services directory continues to grow from strength to strength and has recently hit the 3 million unique visitors mark.
If you haven't done so already please take a flick through Ableize, you will be surprised not only by the vast amount of content but also by the quality of the sites that are there for you to make your life that little bit easier.
OK, there are a ton of folding mobility scooters out there, I hear you cry but the Luggie offers a new and innovative design, after folding, the telescopic control tiller forms part of the handle in a similar way to a suitcase and it has specially designed wheels so it can be wheeled about similar to a suitcase. I am guessing that's where the name came from i.e Luggie/luggage.
The Luggie has a lightweight lithium battery, height adjustable tiller, folding seat and folds up to 17.5 inches wide and just 25 inches tall and comes in a choice of five exciting colours.
Check out the Luggie at www.luggiescooters.com
While the product purchase may be excellent the company selling them has a lot to be desired, let me explain. After using the unit a few times it was evident that I needed wider foot straps, I say evident I would have thought that it would have been obvious that many people that use these electronic exercises may well have swollen feet and because of that would require wider straps to enable the foot to fit completely into the unit. Okay all sounds simple enough, just contact the company and ask them if they can do wider straps, problem solved, or so you would think!
Coopers of Stortford that sell these units are very good indeed at selling them but when it comes to customer service, (one of the most important factors you should consider when purchasing online) they are probably amongst the worst I've ever come across and that really is saying something.
I contacted Coopers of Stortford by e-mail on May 18, I immediately received an automated reply back that says:
To enable us to deal with your enquiry efficiently, we would ask that
you allow up to 7 working days to receive our response. Please do not
resend or chase during this time as this may cause further delay.
On June 1 (14 days later) and still no reply I contacted them again and as of today June 10 (total 23 days) surprise surprise there is still no reply!
The unit that cost me one pound short of £100 today sheared a pedal off while I was using it! So I am now seething after throwing £100 down the swanny without a hope in hell of receiving a reply from a company that is very keen to take my money but not so keen to provide any form of after sales service.
Coopers of Stortford consider yourselves named and shamed. Disabled people have a massive £84 billion a year spending power in the UK, that does not mean we should be ignored when things go wrong!
Here is a YouTube video clip that will amaze you. I'm also including a link to purchase it by Amazon, if you don't believe me how good it is. You really need to try it! Trust me, I'm a guy that doesn't like spending money and I take some persuading!!
But get over those barriers and you may well find the reward far greater than you realised, firstly remember that you are not alone, every disabled person that has taken up a social activity or sport felt the same on day one
There are tons of disabled clubs dedicated to enjoying a range of sports, hobbies etc and most (if not all) will be there to cater for your needs.
A few disabled sports (click the link) to consider are horse riding, swimming, archery, basket ball and all offer great benefits, socially and of course physically to help improve your mobility as well as being great for rehabilitation. I’m not here to preach, just to show you some of the disabled sports out there waiting to be enjoyed.
Just had to share this with you.
- One bright day in the middle of the night,
- Two dead boys got up to fight.
- Back-to-back they faced one another,
- Drew their swords and shot each other.
- One was blind and the other couldn't see,
- So they chose a dummy for a referee.
- A blind man went to see fair play,
- A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"
- A deaf policeman heard the noise,
- And came and shot the two dead boys.
- A paralyzed donkey walking by,
- Kicked the copper in the eye,
- Sent him through a nine inch wall,
- Into a dry ditch and drowned them all.
- (If you don't believe this lie is true,
- Ask the blind man -- he saw it too!)
Not having had a holiday for about five years, I was finally persuaded by the trouble and strife to take her away, we checked out accessible cruises and it seems to be an ideal hol for the less mobile, no accessible hotels to worry about finding, no worry about finding restaurants or getting from A to B etc, its all on hand.
If you choose a big cruise ship it will have plenty to do and loads of chilling out to be had, well that's the plan, will let you know.
Most modern cruise ships have fully adapted disabled cabins, loads of lifts giving access to all levels and many have accessible travel laid on for excursions ashore if you want.
One bit of advice for wheelchair users if interested is try to get a cruise that leaves and returns to the same port so you can avoid all the messing about being man-handled on and off planes if choosing a fly cruise option.
Will give you all an update when done and dusted, in the meantime if anbody has got any advice i'd love it hear it.
I guess the bureaucrats think Jim's mighty machine will do damage to the beach, hell best ban kids digging on the beach then and doing dreadful things like moving the sand about to build castles.
One reason Jim bought the machine was because the countryside is unaccessible to his standard wheelchair, well Jim i'd say you carry on buddy and if they try to stop you ask them why they are failing under the DDA to make reasonable adjustments to footpaths and public council owned areas for wheelchairs!
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Also see Ableize Countryside Disabled Access.
This will have a massive impact on the independence of thousands of disabled people. It will mean that many will no longer be able to meet extra costs like a taxi when there's no accessible public transport, an electric wheelchair or an adapted car.
Please help by signing the petition by clicking this link, it will only take a few seconds and could make a massive difference.