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Adventure with Good Friends

This is the story of a wheelchair user who leaves his wheelchair at home to fulfil one of his dreams at a height of 4,600 meters. Read part 2 of the extraordinary young man’s extraordinary trip: Janis McDavid on his way to Machu Picchu. An adventure that you will not find written in any barrier-free […]

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Adventure with Good Friends
wheelchair spare parts

Wheelchair spare parts & accessories – what is available?

Accessories and wheelchair spare parts allow you to customise your chair to enable you to carry out the activities you want and need to do whilst maintaining your posture and position, being able to maintain and adjust your own wheelchair maximises its lifespan and your individual comfort.   Cushions Adding the right seat cushion to […]

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orthopedic mattress

What’s better than an Orthopaedic mattress

The term orthopaedic mattress is used a lot in the market but do we actually understand what that means so that we can make sure we are not being influenced to buy something relatively standard at a higher cost? An orthopaedic mattress, as the names suggests is designed specifically to support the joints, back and […]

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Managing incontinence for wheelchair users

Managing incontinence for wheelchair users

It is entirely unacceptable to assume that wheelchair users have any more difficulty with managing incontinence than a non-wheelchair user.  It is also just as unacceptable to recommend that wheelchair users simply use pads or other forms of incontinence product to ‘manage’ the situation. Unfortunately, however, the latter is something I have experienced frequently within […]

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disability in the media

Disability in the media, the highs and lows

Those of us with disabilities are often overlooked in the media.  We are under represented on talent shows, in newspapers and even in politics, leading to a lack of awareness and understanding surrounding disability in society. But disability in the media can be both positive and negative and lead to highs and lows for us […]

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Travelling

Different attitudes to disability around the world.

If you’ve ever travelled around the world in a wheelchair or with any other form of disability, like I have, then you’ll have no doubt been faced with numerous complications along the way – as attitudes towards disability differ massively. Just when you thought that everything would be perfectly fine within a western cultural setting […]

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wheelchair ramp

Portable Wheelchair Ramp: your questions answered

Shops, schools, nightclubs: so many venues and institutions are inaccessible to those of us in wheelchairs who need to use ramps.   But what are the benefits of owning a portable ramp yourself? If you have questions surrounding this, please read on; they will hopefully be answered!        1-  Portable: what it says on […]

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stand aid

Need a stand aid, what are the options?

What actually is a stand aid? Stand aids come in different forms, namely mechanised and non-mechanised. Non-mechanised stand aids require a person to be able to pull themselves up into a standing position. The stand aid provides no mechanical assistance with the transfer but offers leverage and negates the need to physically turn (whether 90 […]

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Janis McDavid – Thinker, Fighter, Doer

Janis McDavid – Thinker, Fighter, Doer

An empowerment that breaks barriers Nothing can stop the bundle of energy that is Janis McDavid. Whether as a world traveller and student, a writer or a motivational speaker: Whatever the 26-year-old sets his mind on, he will pull it off as he is convinced that “Boundaries begin in your head”. With this attitude, McDavid […]

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