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Introducing David Smith

Introducing David Smith

02/10/2018

David Smith, or ‘Smithy’ (there were a lot of Davids at his school) has been an active contributor to the Sunrise Medical blog for a while now. His extensive experience of travelling with a powered wheelchair meant he could offer helpful updates to our article about travelling by aeroplane with a wheelchair and he has also written a really informative piece on his real passion, Boccia.

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Adapted bathrooms: a practical guide to making your bathroom wheelchair accessible

Adapted bathrooms: a practical guide to making your bathroom wheelchair accessible

26/09/2018

 An accessible bathroom for people with disabilities provides easy access and comfort, as well as ensuring self-sufficiency and dignity. So what should you consider before fitting an adapted bathroom suitable for use with a wheelchair?

UK regulations largely apply to facilities in commercial or public places, such as hotels, restaurants and train stations, but we can still take tips from their recommendations when looking to plan domestic bathrooms.

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My travel experiences as a powered wheelchair user

My travel experiences as a powered wheelchair user

22/08/2018

As a full time professional Boccia player with four Paralympic medals to his name, David Smith MBE is no stranger to both domestic and international travel. His trips to Spain, Portugal and other European countries are frequent, with occasional trips to destinations that are further afield, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Rio, Canada and the US. Here he shares with us his top tips for travelling as a wheelchair user.

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What is Employment Support Allowance?

What is Employment Support Allowance?

07/08/2018

If you are disabled or chronically ill and unable to work you may be wondering where you can find financial support. Thankfully, there are a number of benefits available that can give you the help you need. One option is Employment Support Allowance (ESA) offered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the UK. But what is ESA and how does it work?

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Boccia: How is it played?

Boccia: How is it played?

26/07/2018

Did you know that Boccia is currently the fastest growing Paralympic sport by participation?

Boccia is probably the most accessible game in the world and the only one where able-bodied people can easily play alongside those with disabilities. The rules for Boccia are quite simple in principle, although more complexity is added when you compete at higher levels.

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