Disability Hacker: New Gadgets and Resources Site
This looks an interesting new site Disability Hacker
Created by Ceri, it is a new site to share tricks and gadgets to ‘hack’ disability.
At they moment they are adding new information to the resource page. I was invited to add the following about trabasack:
Trabasack is a bag that can be easily used on your lap for food, gaming or laptops and tablets. It is lightweight, can be attached with straps and has a firm upper tray top and a small bean bag underneath to make it level and comfortable on your knees.
Any one can use it and it looks like a smart bag but as a wheelchair user designed it has some easy to use features like ring pull zips, grab handles and multiple straps and attachment options for different shaped chairs and people!
The is even an option to have a soft fabric called ‘Connect’ that is velcro receptive so you can add a small rough patch of velcro to your phone or ipad to keep it secure when you are moving about! Trabasack is also very popular for children for more info about uses for children visit http://sensoryplaytray.com or http://buggytray.com
People who use switches and communication aids also get there own site at http://communicationaids.info
But the most popular use is still for all those occasions when you cannot get to a table or just want a cup of tea in bed or in front of the TV!
Ceri has also started a blog with recent tips on exercise and mouse control. I notice there is also a post about shoe laces but she has not discovered the marvel of Greeper laces yet! I better get over and comment!
The new Disability Hacker site is well worth a look, pop over and add some info!
If you are going to the Mobility Roadshow, please spare a minute to nominate trabasack and/or our new Media Mount for the cool wall, details below:
DESIGN MATTERS AT MOBILITY ROADSHOW 2012
Mobility Roadshow 2012 is nearly here, and we need YOUR help please with ideas for the Cool Wall product feature at the show.
Our interactive Design Zone provides the rare chance for visitors to meet designers, innovators and people who have a bright idea to help make life that little bit easier for those living with disabilities. It’s your chance to have a say about the future design of products for independent living and mobility.
As part of this, we’d like to ask you to nominate your favourite or most desired products to go on the Design Zone’s Cool Wall, and we’ll ask visitors to vote for the best. The winning company or designer will be announced as this year’s Coolest Design Zone Product winner, and receive their very own trophy.
The product doesn’t have to be new – it can be something that you’ve enjoyed for years, or that you bought yesterday, or would love to own to help make day to day living that bit easier. We want to build a picture of the nation’s favourites with your help, and recognise those who come out tops!
To nominate your favourite product: email us at email@example.com, with a just few sentences about what it is, why you love it, and where you can get it (if known). If you can send a photo, even better. We’ll add them to the Enabled by Design (Design Zone partner) websitewww.enabledbydesign.org where you can check out all of the nominations before the show. So join the debate on the Enabled by Design website where you can start voting now, and of course in person at the Roashow.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and reading all about your Cool Wall nominations – thank you!
Design Zone 2012 is organised by
And supported by
Gervais – a dirty ugly word
There is a new swear word, first seen on twitter yesterday
People are using it as a term of abuse, the disabled community are ‘reclaiming’ the word ‘gervais‘ as a new swear word. I am using it to mean a disablist bully who is running out of jokes.
What’s the definition?
1. A disablist: someone who mocks someone who has a disability
2. A bully who makes cheap jokes about disabled children and adults but claims he doesn’t mean ‘that’.
3. Someone who uses out dated offensive terms such as mong and refuses to acknowledge that they are offensive and cause distress to disabled people, their families, friends and carers.
4. A hasbeen desperate ex comedian who has run out of ideas and wants to generate publicity for his flagging career.
5. Someone who thinks they can ‘reclaim’ a word that wasn’t their word to reclaim in the first place.
“Don’t be such a bloody gervais, nobody uses the R-word any more”
“He’s pulled a face, tweeted it and called himself a mong. Sad desperate gervais.’”
“You can’t say retard now, stop being a total gervais.”
“Don’t park there without a blue badge, you ignorant gervais!
It isn’t the first time Ricky Gervais has got into trouble over the use of the word ‘mong’. Last year he used it to insult singer Susan Boyle.
In May 2010, he was criticised by Xanthe Breen, of the Down’s Syndrome Association, who said in this Daily Record article: “We’ve had a campaign to have that particular word removed from common usage and we really don’t want a resurgence.”
Ricky Gervais obviously does want a resurgence and a bit of publicity to help his new tour. I don’t think I will bother… but I have a new swear word.
For more on this please see this article http://nickyclark.blogspot.com/2011/10/needless-cruelty.html
Please link to this post on the word gervais. If enough of you do, Ricky might see it listed when he googlebates.