Enabling Technology – Welcome to the Enabling Technology October 2017 Newsletter!

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Valerie Grant took her own life after disabled son lost benefits

Valerie Grant with son James

A mother killed herself after her disabled son lost a string of benefits and support, a coroner said.
Valerie Grant, 73, walked in front of a train near Stafford on 23 April.

Her severely autistic son James, 37, had lost his job placement and been told he no longer qualified for disability benefits shortly before his mother died. Coroner Andrew Haigh said he did not know who to complain to because she was let down by so many agencies.

Mr Haigh has previously raised concerns over links between suicides and the loss of benefits. In the months before Mrs Grant’s death, several agencies withdrew support from James.

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Disabled child travel cuts ‘force parents to work less’

Wheelchair user being helped into transporter.

Parents of disabled children say they have quit jobs or cut their hours because of problems with the school transport system.
Almost half (48%) of those surveyed by the charity Contact said travel arrangements for their child had affected how long they work.
Contact said its research showed the council-funded system was “in crisis”.
The Department for Education said it would review its guidance to local authorities to ensure it is clear.
The Local Government Association told the BBC that councils were working hard to ensure suitable travel arrangements are made for disabled children but that it was becoming increasingly difficult in the face of “sustained financial challenges”.
Almost a quarter (23%) of the more than 2,500 parents and carers surveyed by Contact said that their child’s journey to school was “stressful” and impacted their ability to learn.
The same percentage of families said they had been refused free transport when they asked for it.
Local authorities in England and Wales are legally required to provide free school transport to children under 16 with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

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Help for postpartum mood disorders can be hard to come by

Young mother with baby

Words can’t describe the pandemonium that follows a child’s birth, but I’ll try anyway. After my first daughter was born, I felt like a giant had picked up my life, shaken it hard, martini-style, and returned it to the ground. The familiar objects in my life were all still there, but nothing seemed to be the same.
The day we came home from the hospital as a family of three, my husband and I plunged headfirst into profound elation and profound exhaustion, often changing by the minute. We worried. We snipped at each other. We marveled at this new, beautiful person. The experience, as new parents the world over know, was intense.

The first week home, my body took a bruising. I was recovering from the wildness that is childbirth. I was insanely thirsty and hungry. I was struggling to both breastfeed and pump every two hours, in an effort to boost my milk supply. And against this backdrop, my levels of estrogen and progesterone, after climbing to great heights during pregnancy, had fallen off a cliff.
Massive reconfigurations were taking place, both in life and in my body. And at times, I felt like the whole thing could go south at any point. After talking to other new mothers, I now realize that almost everyone has a version of this same story. Childbirth and caring for a newborn is really, really hard, in many different ways.

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The refreshing, new Scandinavian computer mouse alternative

Montage of Mousetrapper in use

BakkerElkhuizen is expanding its range of ergonomic computer mice with three new products. The Mousetrapper Advance 2.0, the successor to the Mousetrapper Advance. The Prime, the high-end centrally positioned mouse, and the Flexible, most suitable for flexi-workers. The Mousetrapper is a centrally positioned mouse (central mouse) that ensures a correct ergonomic posture.

Advantages of Prime:Mousetrapper Prime

The Mousetrapper is an ergonomic central mouse. The word ‘central’ says it all; the mouse is positioned in front of your keyboard, which means you automatically adopt an ergonomic posture. Your arms stay close to your body and your hands stay close to the keyboard. Mousetrapper is a good precision mouse.

With a total of 8 programmable buttons, Mousetrapper Prime can be customised to your personal preferences. In addition, the mouse can be either used without USB cable or wireless and it has been completed with new scroll functions. The battery lasts 6 months.

High-quality materials
The materials used for the Mousetrapper prime are high-quality. The wrist support is made from easy to clean PU leather and can easily be replaced.

Using MT Keys increases productivity. It allows you to both create personal profiles per application and define your own shortcuts, which will save minutes a day. You quickly get accustomed to using the Mousetrapper.

The Mousetrapper Prime comes with a mat that can be folded out and placed under the keyboard. This way, this central mouse is seamlessly incorporated into all standard keyboard setups

Mousetrapper Advance 2.0 and FlexibleMousetrapper Advance
The Mousetrapper Advance 2.0 is the bestseller from the Moustrapper collection. The Advance 2.0 has been given a new look. It has six programmable buttons in total, so that it can be customised to the user’s personal preferences. The mouse is compatible with the latest operating systems. Mousetrapper FlexibleMousetrapper Flexible has a narrow design, and is lightweight and wireless. Although it is the most compact Mousetrapper mouse, no compromises have been made where the features are concerned. It has nine programmable buttons, wireless technology and click and scroll functions, making it as comprehensive as the other central mice.

For more information, including our highly competitive pricing, contact Enabling Technology Ltd by phone: 01785 243111 or email: info@enablingtechnology.com

Ministers ‘failed to consider impact of rules that would cut university access’

Sign: Caxton House, Department for Work and Pensions

Ministers have effectively admitted introducing a policy that will prevent many disabled students from entering higher education, without knowing how much money it would save or how many young disabled people would be affected.
The admission came in response to a freedom of information (FoI) request that sought to clarify the potential impact of the new universal credit rules.

In the response to the FoI request from Disability Rights UK (DR UK), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it would be too expensive to produce the information requested. A DWP spokesman later appeared to confirm to Disability News Service (DNS) that ministers did not know how the policy would affect young disabled people before they quietly introduced the new rules as part of the gradual rollout of universal credit.

Read the full article on the Disability News Service website:


Living with tinnitus

Do you find you have ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring sounds in your ear(s) or head that no one else can hear?
The medical name for this is tinnitus. It comes from the Latin word ‘tinnire’, which means ‘to ring’.
A common myth is that there’s nothing you can do about tinnitus. The truth is, there are many therapies and products to help you manage it.

To find out all about tinnitus including what it is, what it sounds like, what causes it and, most importantly, how you can manage it, visit the Action on Hearing Loss website:

There is more tinnitus information to be found here:



Fearne Cotton announced as this year’s host of Mind Media Awards 2017

Fearne Cotton

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious Mind Media Awards was revealed on Tuesday 19 September and TV presenter Fearne Cotton will host this year’s event on Monday 13 November 2017 at the ODEON in Leicester Square, London.

This Morning, Cold Feet and Rio Ferdinand’s BBC documentary have all earned nominations on this year’s diverse shortlist. The annual award ceremony celebrates the very best portrayals and reporting of mental health problems across broadcast, print and digital media and film.

Stories from those with personal experience of mental health problems have a strong presence this year, with those nominated including BBC documentary Mind over marathon, Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast, and TalkSPORT’s On the sporting couch series.

The Soaps and Continual Series category, always hotly contested, sees EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Casualty and Call the Midwife go up against each other.

Fearne Cotton, Mind ambassador said: “I am thrilled to be hosting this year’s Mind Media Awards. This event honours progressive journalists who are truly making a difference to the way that we all think about mental health through their sensitive and responsible reporting. It also celebrates the amazing people who are sharing their personal stories of living with mental health problems so that they might help others.

Read more at the MIND charity website:

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