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Welcome to the latest Independent Living news roundup.
06.02.19 Contents:
Changing Places – legal requirement?
Exercise really does prevent falls
The Sequal Trust
Tinnitus Awareness Week
Wearable tech – the downside
Latest Updates – Blue Badges; RIDI Awards
1. Changing Places – legal requirement?

One thing Brexit is not impacting on is the quiet progress of Changing Places into law.

Moves are afoot to make Changing Places a legal requirement in certain buildings. The Toilets (Provision & Accessibility) Bill is scheduled for its second reading in the House of Commons on March 15.

Closomat, expert providers of toileting solutions, updates us on the current situation – and I can guarantee this is the first time the Beastie Boys have been referenced on Independent Living!

You can read more here

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2. Exercise really does prevent falls

Falls are a leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Older adults suffer the greatest number of fatal falls and over 37 million falls are severe enough to require medical attention each year.

Exercise is frequently cited as a good means of fall prevention, and now we have strong evidence that a programme of exercise can indeed reduce the risk for older people living in the community.

New evidence has been published in the Cochrane Library, following a review produced by a team of researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia and Britain’s Oxford University.

More information here

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3. The Sequal Trust

The Sequal Trust is not as well-known as it should be. This is its 50th anniversary year, providing vital communication aids for people with a range of disabilities.

They have written a guest blog explaining how they work and what help they can provide, which has included funding an eye gaze system for Jake, pictured here, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and is now able to both communicate and control his environment.

Read their story here

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4. Tinnitus Awareness Week

This is national Tinnitus Awareness Week, and the theme is Tinnitus and Isolation.

The British Tinnitus Association is trying to reach more people in new ways, in the hope of helping them feel less isolated.

They have various activities planned, with lots on social media, and their very first podcast.

An estimated 6 million people are affected, and it can have a serious impact on every aspect of life.

Read more here

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5. Wearable tech – the downside

I stopped relying on my Apple watch to monitor my sleep after it told me I’d had a solid seven hours when I had actually got up twice during the night.

Now doctors are concerned that healthy people are visiting their GP unnecessarily because wearable tech of this kind is misleading them.

Read more here

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6. Latest Updates – Blue Badges; RIDI Awards

A site visitor recently asked for some clarification on Blue Badge parking, which is now open to some people with a non-physical disability, including some forms of brain injury, autism, and mental health problems, who were previously ineligible.

There is information about who can apply and how to go about it, here

Due to unprecedented levels of interest, the deadline for entering the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards has been extended to 8 February. So if you are an employer or recruiter you can find out more here

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Until next time, best wishes,


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