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Research into living independently with a disability

cschryvercschryver Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited July 2019 in News and opportunities
hi everyone! I’m currently taking part in my DT gcse NEA and am wanting to do some research into living independently with a disability, I was wondering if you guys could help me and answer some questions. 

- Is there any disabilities you may have that means u struggle with day to day activities around the home? 

- what are some of those issues that you may face? 

- Is there any products that you would like to be created that aren’t currently on the market / are too expensive?

Thankyou in advance,


  • GarzaGarza Member Posts: 130 Pioneering
    hello charlotte i am sorry to see that your post didnt have any replies as yet.

    I am a wheelchair user who lives in a council property, they seem to be getting more and more reluctant to help with adaptions and try and put things off or get you to self fund.

    Generally speaking and product that is designed to be used by "the disabled" is overpriced because companies know they have a captive audience who need these items, that coupled with the fact that there are few manufacturers creates a monopoly situation 

    renting in the private sector is nigh on impossible for me because ground floor flats and bungalows tend to be expensive, havent got adapted kitchens and bathrooms and also dont tend to come with accessible parking spaces.

    I hope this helps and please do message if you would like to chat further 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    Lets answer your questions one by one
    A- my disability means I cannot use a checkbook. But I compensate for dyscalculia. Since I struggle with maths I leave finances to my partner and deal with paperwork instead. 
    B-Not sure
    C- My disability is mild. Nevertheless I write down times of appointments and trains in a notebook I keep in my apartment. I also use it to record numbers and dates. Those are my coping techniques. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @cschryver, I have mild cerebral palsy which affects my balance and coordination. I find it hard to chop things up when I am cooking and haven't been able to find a suitable solution. I only have full use of one hand but can experience a lot of spasms which probably isn't the safest when holding a knife! It is also difficult to drain pans as they are too heavy for me to lift. 

    I hope this helps :)  

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