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Rosie Jones Triple Threat Review

On the 15th of September, 2023, I attended Rosie Jones’s first UK comedy tour at the Redditch Palace Theatre, which is, funnily enough, located in Redditch. Calling herself a “Triple Threat”, which is also the show’s title, Rosie explains the reason for this description is that she is “A lesbian, disabled and a prick.” This line is delivered with comedy, as is to be expected, but also with a self-satisfied grin that says she knows she has already shocked some people in the audience.

Rosie-Jones-laughing

Ableist slurs!

Throughout the show, she uses ableist slurs to significant comedic effect. This surprised me as I thought it would annoy me rather than amuse me because I disagreed with her use of the now-famous R-word in her latest Channel 4 documentary.

Rosie-Jones-looking-thoughtful

Unlike that instance, which I’m convinced was used to gain attention and generate intelligent and not-so-intelligent debate, these words were funny, thought-provoking and a not-so-subtle metaphorical finger to anyone who has flung these words at her in public. She’s proud of being gay, she makes a living from being disabled, and she’s so proud of being a prick she’s had it printed on her merchandise!

Rosie on the property ladder

Alongside those points, she talked the audience through her first flat purchase, explaining that she’d finally found a use for her dad. The experience also taught her that the age of a boiler is essential to know when you’re a successful comedian taking your first steps on the property ladder. Rosie also talked at great length about her struggles to become a national treasure, her hatred of Putin and how we would all, at some point, not understand a word of what she was saying.

This was the only point where you could see sadness from the otherwise joyful Rosie. As a disabled person and a person with Cerebral Palsy, I related to what she was saying and could identify with her moment of pain. Some people will only see difference, no matter what is achieved in life.

Rosie-Jones-and-I


Lived Experience

Many people identify with Rosie’s comedy, and while you don’t have to be gay or disabled to appreciate her comedy, I wonder whether the non-disabled person without a connection to either group would be entertained. Shared lived experience is what got the biggest laughs out of me. I’m sure, given time, Rosie will achieve the ‘national treasure’ status she’s openly aiming for.

Your thoughts?

Have you seen Rosie’s new show? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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10 daily solutions to make life easier if you’re disabled

Daily life always comes with a few annoyances, no matter what your situation. But when you’re disabled, it can throw up additional challenges, especially when you don’t have things set up the right way for you. Our writer and editor Lucy, who has cerebral palsy, details 10 ways she’s found to make her life that little bit simpler.

Being a disabled person often means doing things differently from able-bodied people. The most obvious one for me, as a wheelchair user, is that I use a wheelchair to move around rather than my legs.

But that’s just the most obvious – over the years I have developed and discovered lots of solutions, tips and tricks to make my life easier…

1. Tablet storage and pill boxes

I need to take tablets daily and I find that the boxes/bottles they come in are hard or just a faff to open. They also take up space, and I really don’t think it’s helpful to have my kitchen doubling up as a pharmacy!

I have now found the ideal solution – a cosmetics bag. It’s nothing fancy, in fact, I think it was £5 from Boots, but it works perfectly for me. I put a foil of each of my tablets in the bag so when I need to take them they are all in the same place.

White cosmetic bag with colourful silhouette of London in pinks, yellows and orange

I only take three tablets, so the bag is a workable solution for me, but if this increased I would definitely need a pillbox. Also, if you have trouble remembering doses or take lots of different types, then I highly recommend a pillbox.

The Disability Horizons Shop sells a few pill boxes, including a couple of stylish versions with leather cases to store them in. Just the organisational benefit itself would make it worthwhile.

Some tablet boxes can also remind you what to take and when out loud. Useful if you experience memory or sight problems, or just want one less thing to think about.

2. Smart lighting and heating controls

I have a system called Lightwave installed in my home that enables me to switch my lights on or off, either with the Lightwave app on my phone or my voice. I’ve always found it a stretch to reach light sockets, so I find this incredibly helpful.

It’s also useful when I remember that I’ve left a light on in another room, especially if I am not in my wheelchair, as I can turn it off without having to move.

I chose Lightwave as this system uses smart sockets as opposed to smart bulbs. As I have lots of different light fittings throughout my home that smart bulbs wouldn’t fit, it was cheaper for me this way.

When it comes to my heating, I can adjust it from my phone or with voice using Alexa. It means I use less electricity and am more comfortable. I chose the Tado system as there was a sale at the time. It works with Alexa (I use one that is also a speaker), the Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant.

All smart heating controls allow phone and voice control, so you can shop around. It is important to check the compatibility of your boiler with any smart system before purchasing one.

3. Ribbons on doors or anything out-of-reach

This may sound really simple, but it is a perfect example of how an object meant for one purpose can be used for another. For years I struggled with doors, especially ones you want to pull shut behind you.

Adding something long to the handle of doors means I can pull a door open or closed, assuming it isn’t fully shut. I use ribbon as I think it looks nice and comes in a range of colours.

Ribbon is readily available from craft shops and, as it’s not a disability aid, it’s cheap – a whole reel costs approximately £3, depending on what you want.

Long red ribbon tied to a door handle

Using ribbon, string or cord works on anything out of reach too. I know people that attach a cord to their manual wheelchairs so that they can pull the chair towards them from further away or get their assistance dog to do it!


If you have trouble actually opening doors because of grip or strength issues, try the Tru Grip door extender or the T-Pull Door Closer for wheelchair users. You might also want to try this folding grabber stick to help with picking up or getting to items far away.


4. Apps

Apart from Lightwave and Tado, I also have an app for smart plugs that I have lamps and my TVs plugged into it. It’s called Kasa and it works with Alexa, but it will also connect with the Samsung SmartThings and Google Home smart hubs.

I also couldn’t get from A-B without Apple Maps and Google Maps – I’m very bad at navigating! I use both as sometimes one works better than the other.

The Patient Access App enables me to book doctors appointments without having to ring my GP practice.

I’m also signed up with the prescription delivery service, Pharmacy2U, which is very convenient, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. It means I can order my repeat prescriptions with a couple of taps on the screen.

Lucy's phone with apps on the screen

5. Carrying aids

I find carrying things tricky as I have some arm weakness and grip issues. So when it comes to holding and transporting hot mugs, I use a five-fingered oven glove, like the one I have linked to.

Then I haven’t got to worry about only holding the handle. The glove also provides extra grip if you did want to use it to get dinner to the table too.

I also use a Trabasack lap tray when carrying items for extra stability. Pre-Covid-19, I always took it to restaurants and cafes to use when the tables were at the wrong height for me to eat at.

I have the Curve, seen below, but there are a few different versions of the Trabasack in a variety of sizes and colours. They also double up as a wheelchair bag.

Black leather Trabasack Curve wheelchair lap tray and bag stood on its end

6. Bath step instead of a transfer step

I’m short so I sometimes need a little extra height to be able to transfer into shower seats and beds when away from home. To help with this, I use a flat bath step that I got from Naidex about 15 years ago, similar to the one I have linked to here.

Official ‘transfer steps’ that are specifically marketed for disabled and elderly people can cost more than a standard step. But these are said to be the steadiest and therefore safest ones, so please make sure an alternative will be suitable for you before buying.

White plastic bath step next to a bath

7. Suction grab rail

If you have balance or mobility issues, grab rails are a godsend, especially when you’re away from your home. I use them to transfer from my chair, and they need to be in the right place.

I take a Mobeli Grab rail with me wherever I go. It has suction cups so can be placed on any smooth wall.

Grab rails can be very cheap or very expensive, depending on how much weight you will put on them and what you can hold. Mobeli grab rails are expensive, but I’ve found that the cheaper ones tend to fall off the wall! Better safe than sorry!

If you’re able to put weight through your legs, then the cheaper options may be enough. I’d recommend always having an able-bodied person test a grab rail before use, if possible.

Four different sizes of Mobeli grab rails stuck onto a wall with smooth blue tiles

8. Hairdryer stand and a hot brush

This is not something I use but a useful tip I got from a DHorizons Tribe member on our Facebook group.

She uses a hairdryer stand and a hot styling brush to do her hair, enabling her to be independent.

A hairdryer stand can be either freestanding or fixed to a wall and holds a hairdryer in place so that you don’t have to hold it – particularly useful if you have limited dexterity or strength.

Similarly, a hot brush is a hairbrush that gets warm. It is used as a styling tool, but is also a good alternative to drying your hair.

Babylis hot styling hairbrush

9. Smartwatches

Care alarms will always have their place and are a lifeline to independence for many. But, for some people, myself included, a smartwatch does the job just as well and for less money! I have the iPhone 11 and Apple Watch 6. I chose the cellular and GPS version so I would have the option of adding a cellular plan if the connection to my phone was unreliable. However, the Bluetooth connection works from a couple of rooms away so haven’t needed to pay extra for a watch plan. I wanted the latest tech available but any Apple Watch model can function this way. There are other makes available but this is the best set up for me.

Smartwatches can give reminders, act as a calendar, monitor blood pressure and even tell the time.

Most watches have a fall sensor and the Apple Watch now has a handwashing function in response to Coronavirus.

They won’t suit everyone. Some people need an external call centre and someone on the end of a phone. But for those of us who just want the reassurance of being able to call friends and family if we get into difficulty, a smartwatch may be a good option.

10. Velcro vet wrap Tape

Velcro is my go-to if I need things to stay in place. I’ve stuck Velcro to the back of my phone and iPad, even remote controls.

If like me, your disability means you’re prone to dropping things, then velcro is an inexpensive way of making sure items stay put.

Vet wrap tape is officially used as bandages for animals, but it’s grippy and sticks to itself, so it’s great for adding grip to smooth surfaces, such as remote controls and credit cards, to make them easier to pick up.

I have also used vet tape to wrap around my wheelchair armrests when they began to split. It’s almost invisible, black on black, not sticky and more hardwearing than packing tape. It’s softer too and there are a number of different colours available.

You could also try Cat Tongue Grip tape, which works in the same way as Velcro but is clear, so a good option if you want something more discreet. It’s also, non-abrasive, latex-free and made from recyclable material.

I haven’t tried it myself, but you can take a look at this review of the Cat Tongue grip tape to find out more.

By Lucy Currier

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Autism and dyslexia: using art to express myself and promote disability awareness

Mark asked me to write his story after I interviewed him so I’m including it here.

Mark Noble is a professional artist who has dyslexia and autism, which means he is very sensitive to light and colour. Describing himself as very observant, he tries to break down boundaries and raise awareness of disabilities through his art. Mark says, “Some of my art has centered around the struggle of being ignored and misunderstood.” This is his story.

Hello there! My name is Mark Noble and I’m a professional artist based in Somerset, specialising in romantic/impressionist-style landscapes and seascapes.

Fellow artists have given me the title ‘Turner of the 21st century.’ I call myself the ‘painter of light’. I’m currently producing and promoting environmentally-friendly art and raising awareness of dyslexia and autism.

I was born in Southampton and moved to Somerset in the early 70s. I love being by the sea and exploring the beautifully diverse landscape of the South West.

Mark Noble

Becoming and working as a disabled painter

While I found it hard to concentrate and learn through traditional teaching methods at school, with some assistance, I did manage to gain some good qualifications.

However, people noticed that I had a rare artistic gift. For the most part, I taught myself how to paint.

I paint with passion, use natural colours and try my best to capture the little details that are often overlooked.

My main motivation is seeing others react positively to my work: people have told me that my art has triggered an emotional response – they may spot something that reminds them of childhood, for example. This fills my heart with joy.

My techniques vary from painting to painting. Most of the time I use washes of warm colours and thick paints to build up paintings. I have many different tools at my disposal – paint brushes, pallet knives, etc.

Winter Fields

As a rule, I never use black or green straight from a can. Black kills the canvas and green paint is usually man-made. Instead, I prefer to mix natural colours to form green, it seems to work well!

My main medium is acrylic on canvas, but I’ve recently been experimenting with painting on all kinds of recyclable materials, including bark, tiles and tabletops.

When I can, I prefer to use a simple colour palette. In my opinion, the two most important things are to a) enjoy creating art and b) keep things as simple as possible.

Since finishing my studies, I’ve sold art to clients all over the globe, taught people of all ages how to paint and take part in many exciting exhibitions.

One of my biggest achievements was being selected by the government to display art at an exhibition in Westminster, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Disability Rights Act.

I’m also proud to say that I’ve raised money at several exhibitions/arts events for charities, such as Children’s World and SANE.

I continue to receive help and guidance from some close friends who help me to organise, catalogue and promote my art, update/maintain my website, social media and apply for funding.

My art during the Covid-19 pandemic

I’ve just finished painting a large mural – a sunset seascape – on a wall in my spare bedroom. I painted abstract paintings that expressed my feelings during the first lockdown. They were quite explosive!

Driftwood3

The pandemic helped me to appreciate the important things in life. I revamped my studio, became more active on social media and showcased my creative art via online galleries. I also participated in online interviews and shared positive messages.

The pandemic has shown that ’the arts’ (painting, sculpture, music, literature etc) are more important than ever. We need to protect artists and the industry to ensure that everyone can express themselves freely.

Art plays an important role in today’s society, especially for the wellbeing of disabled people. Painting helped me get over alcoholism a few years ago.

In March 2021, I became an ambassador for ‘Outside In’. It is a British charity dedicated to assisting and promoting disabled artists. I’m very proud to be a part of the team.

Last month, I secured funding to paint with children at a school in Glastonbury with local artist Julie Lovelock. I am keeping my mind busy and doing my best to stay flexible and focused.

My family are always been a source of inspiration and motivation. I’m creating unique, beautiful art; working on new projects; meeting new artists and exhibiting in physical galleries once again!

Moving forward, I want to continue raising awareness of climate change and engage with a wider audience. I would also like to do more to expose discrimination against disabled people, whenever and wherever it occurs.
Round Mark Noble.jpeg

My advice to other disabled artists

My advice to people with a disability who want to paint would be to try to get as much support as possible. Research different charities, be inspired, be creative and most importantly, don’t let it get you down!

Technology helps too: text to speech services, audiobooks, etc. Many organisations are willing to provide funding if you can show that your work benefits others or it spreads a positive message.

The most important thing is to believe in yourself and your own creative ideas.

Take ideas/inspiration from other artists and visit as many galleries as you can. Travel the world if you are ever able to. Respect your fellow artists. Look beyond a canvas and ask yourself what an artist may have been thinking when they were producing their work.

My best technical tip is to keep your paintbrush clean with warm water. Seems simple, but many people forget. I use a large range of different tools and always encourage others to be inventive!

By Mark Noble

Find out more about Mark and his work by visiting Mark Noble’s website, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Grant Logan founder of Ability Today: equipping disabled people with information and skills

Grant Logan is a disabled entrepreneur whose goal is to connect disabled people and equip them with information and skills. Having become disabled after a bike accident, he discovered how scarce knowledge and advice was in the disability world and set about improving it.

He now runs Ability Today, a website with information and resources, and founded The Academy for Disabled Journalists to help the next generation of disabled writers and campaigners. Grant has also made the Power 100 list this year, a fantastic achievement. Here, our writer and editor Lucy, who is enrolled with the academy, speaks to him about his life and career.

Before your bike accident in 2003, were you aware of disability?

Not really. I hadn’t come into contact with anyone with a disability until Mom saw a notice in our local doctors for support workers to help a disabled child with physiotherapy.

It was interesting and eye-opening. That was my first understanding of what disability meant.

How does your disability affect you?

I am a full-time wheelchair user and paralysed from the chest down. This limits my physical activity, but I try not to let it limit my everyday life.

I had a tough first couple of years when I caught MRSA and had to have all my reconstructive surgery undone. I was in a dark place!Grant Logan sat at his desk with the Ability Today website on his computer screen

I remember when I came home from the hospital and lay down in my bed for the first time and thought that this was going to be my prison from now on.

It was thanks to disability organisations, such as Back Up Trust, which I discovered through the spinal cord injuries ward, that made me realise my life wasn’t over. 

I remember going on an activity course with them and realising I could still achieve my dreams.

You have a love of all things adventurous. Was it finding organisations to do activities that gave you the drive to arm the disabled community with information?

The first website/social media community I set up was The Wheel Life. This is what allowed me to get involved with all the adventures I’ve been on over the years.

The motivation for setting up Disability Today (as it was then known) was that I kept hearing on returning from these adventures, “Oh, I wish I’d known about that.” I realised that I might be able to help people.

I was disabled for four or five years before I even knew that the Disabled Water Ski and Wakeboard Association was twenty minutes down the road.

What is your favourite hobby?

Grant Logan travelling to Ben Nevis to raise money for Capability Scotland.The Photo shows Grant in an terrain manual wheelchair climbing Ben Nevis. Grant is wearing black ttrousers and a blue T-shirt with sunglasses on his face.
Grant Logan climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for Capability Scotland.

I’ve been lucky enough to do many things. Paragliding, abseiling, flying, rally driving, motorcycling, clay pigeon shooting, in addition to climbing Ben Nevis for Capability Scotland and the skiing and waterskiing already mentioned.

The Back Up Trust were the first organisation to introduce me to activities following my accident in the form of one of their multi-activity weeks.

Grant Logan Waterskiing

I lost my favourite hobby a few months ago when my dog died of old age. He was nearly 16. I got him the year after my accident, so he’d been with me on the long journey and was my wingman and best little buddy.

I enjoyed walking him every day using my trike. I loved getting out and about and away from the office for a couple of hours. I am sure I will get a new little buddy at some point. I’m just not ready yet.

You launched Disability Today in 2017 and renamed Ability Today in 2019. How did your current company arise from your social media community, The Wheel Life?

The Wheel Life died off because it couldn’t compete with Facebook, but providing news became the next obvious step when so many people I knew didn’t know about the stuff going on around them.

It was simply trying to highlight some of the smaller organisations that are doing fantastic work and trying to make sure that people knew about them. Organisations don’t always have marketing budgets.

What is next for Ability Today, and what are your plans for the future?

We are in the middle of updating the website to make it more readable/accessible. Our priority has become the Academies for Disabled Journalists and growing that for the benefit of our community.

With our news and directory pages we’re just trying to make it even easier for these organisations reach a bigger audience and put relevant news in front of disabled people.

Having launched Ability Today, you then decided to launch the Academy for Disabled Journalists. How did this start, and how can it help disabled people?

 I had a team of volunteers helping me in the office (before Covid) who became my ‘roving reporters’. The video stories I started when I first climbed Ben Nevis.

We sent Steph to try out waterskiing at Access Adventures, Khaleel to Aerobility to try out flying, Heather scuba diving at the Scuba Trust and Khaleel simply travelling to London on trains and buses to see how he gets his ticket and gets on and off public transport.

I thought that there was something wider I could do here, so I got in touch with the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) to see how we could turn our reporters into proper journalists. The Academy for Disabled Journalists was born!

Grant Logan wearing a suit sat in his wheelchair outside Number 10 Downing Street

Has the Academy for Disabled Journalists increased awareness in the workplace, and what more do you think needs to be done for journalism to be inclusive?

The academy aims to train tomorrow’s disabled journalists today, giving a more inclusive pathway to employment. We are in talks with the BBC, Sky, ITV and Reach to see how we can collaborate with them in providing work experience for the next generation of journalists from the disabled community.

These organisations are currently putting schemes in place, such as the BBC’s 50:50 Equality Project, to ensure fair representation and I hope that the academy can play a part in creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Now at a great time – big organisations want to be seen to be inclusive and diverse. Ability Today and our academies want to provide the workforce for tomorrow.

You recently started offering a diploma in journalism to your students. What barriers, if any, had to be overcome for this to happen?

In October, we launched the diploma level in journalism. As with the Certificate in Foundation Journalism, we will be providing this as a complete online learning course and making it the most accessible diploma in journalism available. 

As one of our students recently said, “Often my body doesn’t allow me to leave the house, but there’s nothing wrong with my mind.” If physically going to college or university has been prohibitive before due to disability, we are lifting these barriers. To find out more, please contact me by emailing grant@abilitytoday.com, or visit the Ability Today website.

Hannah Deakin, our Ability Today volunteer and Academy for Disabled Journalists student, also made the Power 100 List in Digital and Media along with our Ambassador for Ability Today, Olivia Gallagher, making Judges Choice. This shows what people are capable of when given opportunities to learn and excel.

Academy of Disabled Journalists Class 2021

Do you see the academy progressing beyond the diploma?

The next phase of the academy’s growth is to offer new areas to train to work from home. Covid has provided everyone with the capability of working from home, and I want disabled people to thrive from this.

We currently have a short survey out on social media asking what people would like to learn to be able to work from home – you can take part in the survey now. We plan to launch the new academies this year.

Anything that you can do as an individual to be able to work from home, then let’s help train our communities to do it!

Interview by Lucy Currier

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Quaden Bayles: bullied boy with dwarfism bags role in new Mad Max film

Bullying is an unfortunate part of life that many people experience at some point, which can lead to extreme trauma. But for a boy with dwarfism – Quaden Bayles – who faced horrific bullying at school, landed himself in a blockbuster movie after a video of his distress went viral. 

Quaden Bayles’ heartbreaking viral video

Quaden Bayles, an Australian indigenous boy who lives with dwarfism was so badly bullied and inconsolable after a day at school in 2020 that his mother videoed his distress after apparently getting nowhere talking to the school.

In the video, his mother, Yarraka, informs viewers that her son (who was aged nine at the time) is picked on for his condition known as achondroplasia:

“I’ve just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal, and I want people to know — parents, educators, teachers — this is the effect that bullying has,” Yarraka said as Quaden cried.

“Every single… day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another taunt, another name-calling.”

She added: “So, can you please educate your children, your families, your friends because all it take is for one more incident and you wonder why kids are killing themselves.”

The video went viral and Quaden and his family have received huge support worldwide. He is now to star alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming film, Furiosa.

What is dwarfism?

Dwarfism is poor bone growth that results in people being short. The bones don’t grow properly. Quaden lives with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism in people who have disproportionate short stature, (DSS.)

It is a rare genetic condition and most people who have the condition are born to average-sized parents, like Quaden.

Individuals living with Achondroplasia can expect to have a normal life expectancy and intelligence. There is no reason why someone with this condition cannot participate in most activities just like any able-bodied individual.

Image montage of Quaden Bayles
Credit: Yarraka Bayles

Achondroplasia characteristics

The average height of an adult male with achondroplasia is four feet, four inches, according to the National Institutes of Health.

People with Achondroplasia have a range of characteristics including:

  • A near-normal trunk length with shorter arms and legs
  • A large head with a prominent forehead and flattened bridge of the nose
  • An increased curvature of the lower spine (lumbar lordosis)
  • Bowing of the lower legs
  • Possible crowded teeth
  • Short, broad feet and hands with separation between middle and ring fingers (the ‘trident’ hand)
  • Exceptionally flexible joints
  • Babies with Achondroplasia may develop motor skills and mobility more slowly than normal because of the combination of a heavier head and shorter arms and legs, but ultimately development is within the expected normal range.

Quaden Bayles’ rugby and film stardom

Following the viral video, Quaden was shown support and asked by The National Rugby League’s Indigenous All Stars team to lead out the side for their match against the Maori All Stars in February 2020.

Quaden – who is passionate about rugby – held the hand of team captain Joel Thompson and led them out on to the pitch accompanied by roars from the crowd.

Quaden Bayles wearing headphones with rugby players
Credit: Getty Images

Oscar-winning Australian filmmaker George Miller, also saw the video posted by Quaden’s mother and invited Quaden to appear in his upcoming film Three Thousand Years of Longing.

According to Miller, Quaden did such a good job that he was asked to appear in Furiosa too.

It was good for us and it was good for him,” Miller told Good Weekend magazine.

Quaden Bayles bags role in Mad Max: Furiosa

Furiosa is the latest film to be announced in the Mad Max series. Mad Max is an Australian action series and media franchise created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy.

In the upcoming film Furiosa, prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, the story will take place several years before the events of Fury Road and it will focus primarily on a character called Furiosa.

Furiosa is a war captain who answers to Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road. She is unhappy in her role and wants to leave his cruelty.

She starts out serving Joe but quickly turns against him to free The Five Wives, Joe’s female concubines.

Mad Max: Furiosa is said to include Queen Gambet star Anya Taylor-Joy as a young Furiosa, along with Chris Hemsworth, Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Nathan Jones and Tom Burke.

Now aged 11, Quaden’s role is unknown at this point. The film is expected to be released on 24th May 2024.

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Shop safely and protect your money when others are assisting you.

Shop safely and protect your money when others are assisting you

How to shop safely and protect your money when others are assisting you is something I never thought about until I started relying on formal care. There are many reasons why assistance may be needed. For me, my disability means that I cannot access many things without help. So I thought I’d write a post about the solution I’ve found for this.

I started inclusivelivingconcepts as I wanted to share my lived experience of disability, the struggle for access and inclusion and any useful tips I’ve picked up whilst living with Cerebral Palsy.

Handing over your card and pin isn’t advisable even if you trust the person implicitly.

Protecting your money when others are shopping

My PAs used to shop for me. Due to waiting for social services, I’m relying on my parents for the bulk of my care at the moment. Unfortunately giving your PIN number to anyone, even a family member, is seen as aiding fraud as you are giving them access to your money. What this means is that you are giving them permission. Regardless of what disabilities you have this means you won’t be covered should anyone spend your money.

Banks won’t cover multiple people shopping for you!

This is why it is vital you protect your money when others are assisting you. Banks/financial institutions don’t cover you if your card is used by ANYONE not named on the account. I found this out when I went into my local branch a few years ago. When I explained I have a disability and need help to access the community I was told I could nominate two people on my account. This might be useful for some but is no good to me as my care requires more than a team of two. The advisor then went on to say if I gave my information to anyone then any money that was taken would not be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) or the bank. If someone decided to take money from my account I wouldn’t see it again!

Credit and Debit Cards enable you to shop safely and protect your money.

Shopping safely

Now that I knew bank accounts were out I started thinking about alternatives. The obvious one is cash but I feel vulnerable accessing cash points. I take ages getting the money out. I’ve always felt that someone could walk past, reach above my head and steal my money without breaking a sweat. There’s cashback from supermarkets although that’s not so widely available since COVID-19.

The only option left was top-up cards or prepaid cards. These allow you to load your own money onto the card but once the amount is spent you cannot spend anymore. I’m a big user of the MoneySavingExpert website and highly recommend it if you want advice on how to make your money go further. As I wanted a fee-free card I very cleverly searched the internet for a ‘free prepaid card’ Scoff all you like but it worked, I found Tesco’s ClubcardPay+. Their card is completely free to use.

This post isn’t sponsored by Tesco they aren’t even aware I’m writing this. I’m just pleased to find a product that works. If someone from Tesco is reading this and wants to give me a commission for recommending their product, feel free. 🙂

Registering and using the card to shop

Registering is easy. If you can perform basic computing tasks, you’ll do this with no problem. Click here and you will get the screen below to register.

Register for Clubcard Pay+

The only requirements are that you live in the UK, have a Tesco Clubcard, and have access to a smartphone to enable you to use their app. If you don’t have a Clubcard it’s free and you will have the option to sign up for one further down on the registration page, see below.

Join Tesco's Clubcard Scheme

The application process took me about ten minutes and was straightforward. You will get your card and PIN within seven working days. They will arrive separately for security. In the meantime, you can download the app, Tesco Bank.

Tesco Bank App

When you’ve received your card, and PIN and logged onto the app you will be greeted with the screen below.

Tesco Bank Home Screen

Next, you will need to top up which will lead you to the screen below. This is where you connect your current account, this is what I have done. Adding money manually is possible but if your bank is listed the automation process is easier.

Adding money to your account

After selecting your bank you will be asked how much you want to transfer.

Top up your account

After choosing your top-up amount you will be connected to your bank to authorise the transfer. For me, this is really easy as I have my banking app also on my phone and FaceID authenticates both. All I have to do is stare at my phone.

Using Tesco’s Clubcard Scheme to shop safely and protect your money when others are assisting you by not giving access to your main accounts.

Once topped up I can give the card and PIN to anyone and they’ll be limited to the amount on the card. The card is handed over and a PIN is requested for a first-time purchase. Contactless payments up to £100 are also possible with this card but as you can see from my screenshots I have less than £100 available to be spent. Once transactions have taken place the amounts spent and where also appear in the app. Great for peace of mind and for keeping track of your spending.

I hope this inclusivelivingconcepts post has been helpful. please get in touch with any questions or comments.

I’m interested to know how you handle shopping if you need assistance in accessing what you need. Were you aware that your bank or building society wouldn’t refund you if people were to take advantage of your trust when shopping for you?

Financial institutions need to think about how people with disabilities can access their money with choice, control and independence. Three inclusivelivingconcepts we should all have!

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Are migraines a disability?

Are migraines a disability? In my experience yes!

inclusivelivingconcepts was abandoned because, at the end of April, I started having horrific migraines which meant that until recently I haven’t been able to do anything but curl up and pray for the pain to stop. Very dramatic, but unfortunately true as many of the disability community will agree. Whether it is classed as a disability or not officially is down to how affected you are. In my case, pain like that is temporary. I couldn’t do anything sometimes as I couldn’t see from my left eye.

Are migraines disabling?

Professor Peter Goadsby at Kings College London and the trustee of the migraine trust describes a migraine as,

“an inherited tendency to have headaches with sensory disturbance. It’s an instability in the way the brain deals with incoming sensory information, and that instability can become influenced by physiological changes like sleep, exercise and hunger.”

Taking this definition, the answer to the question, are migraines a disability is also a resounding yes as it is described as an instability in the brain.

An individual cannot help the fact that they are prone to migraines, but if specific triggers are realised, they may be avoided. An example is watching too much TV or reading without glasses if needed. Some people do not have triggers but a big one for me is stress and overexertion.

Substandard Care causes massive stress!

My posts have complained about the care system since I started this blog. People who actually care and who want to do the job are few and far between. Why do people apply for jobs and then just disappear without saying anything? I’ve had it with interviews too, people say they’ll turn up and then don’t.

I don’t understand why people don’t do what they say they will. I’m starting to wonder if I will find a team of people that I’m comfortable with but am trying to stay positive and not take it personally. This stress causes my muscles to tense up even more than usual. This is the double whammy of my Cerebral Palsy increasing the chance that I will experience a debilitating migraine.

Are migraines a disability that qualifies a person for benefits?

Yes, if your migraines are likely to last over twelve months and they prevent you from working. It all depends on how a migraine affects an individual and whether treatments are effective.

Medication for migraines

The medical profession’s attitude towards medication, in general, has shocked me! I don’t like taking more medication than I need but I couldn’t stand the agony of my migraines! I take some tablets regularly due to my Cerebral Palsy. Baclofen is the main one since I hurt my back trying to live independently, (carer free,) without having access to the right help.

I rang my GP as I couldn’t cope with the pain. I find getting access to a doctor really difficult since the pandemic.

When I did get to speak to a doctor I was told I could take Naproxen, Codine, Paracetamol, Baclofen and Diazepam together if need be! This was a big difference from the cautionary tale I usually got. Diazepam is the only drug doctors didn’t want me taking long-term. Thankfully I have now come off all non-daily tablets. I find it crazy that society would rather I pill pop rather than get the treatment I need.

It is now July 2023 and I have just got to the top of the physiotherapy waiting list, received an appointment for my local pain clinic and have an OT that I can contact. I first wrote this post in October 2022. Maybe this is why pills are prescribed, doctors know that it takes ages to gain access to the appointments needed. It’s taken two years for me to get these appointments.

Migraine Medication

Different types of migraines

According to the NHS, there are three categories of migraines. To date, I have always had a migraine with aura. Aura in this context means symptoms. The three main types of migraine are:

  • Migraine without aura which has no warning signs at all.
  • Migraine with aura. This has warning signs like feeling numb and tingly, seeing lines in your vision, feeling dizzy or having difficulty speaking.
  • Migraine aura without headache, aka the silent migraine. This is where you get the symptoms above but without the headache.

Treatments for Migraines

Apart from painkillers, there are medicines called triptans which affect the serotonin in the brain to relieve the symptoms of a migraine. There are different types of these medicines sumatriptan is often recommended, according to NICE and works to narrow the blood vessels in the brain. This is based on the theory that migraines are caused when the blood vessels become too wide.

Medicines like cyclizine are used to help stop an individual from feeling or being sick. Not only can the effects of a migraine cause sickness but triptans can cause this effect too. Changes to lifestyle are recommended, depending on what triggers an individual. Relaxation techniques and acupuncture may also be an option.

For more information and help with migraines visit The Migraine Trust.

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How does my disability affect health and wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing

I’ve had a lot of ups and downs mostly due to the stress of having to recruit Personal Assistants and contemplating moving out of my parent’s house for what will be the 6th time. My wellbeing has improved as I now have a solicitor to assist me in fighting for my rights.

Mental health therapy has been really hard to access for me. I don’t know if this is because of my disability, many private services I’ve asked about don’t have wheelchair access. Waiting times within the NHS are horribly long for anyone at the moment, even if there are no additional needs to worry about.

Needing someone to assist me with virtually every task negatively impacts my mental health but I’m hopeful that with the right support in place, my mental wellbeing will be boosted.

I started inclusivelivingconcepts to help me work through what is going on in my life. Thinking that writing about my experiences would not only help others but also improve my own mental health as well.

I also attend an online mental health platform called SpokzPeople. I wanted to write a post for Mental Health Awareness Day but was too overwhelmed to post anything. Mental health is important and not just one day a year. Wellbeing is becoming more prominently talked about. Poor mental health can be triggered by both big and small situations.

Talk to someone if you are feeling low or struggling no matter what the reason. See the list of helplines below.

This picture shows a black telephone handset with a black circle around it. The background between the phone and circle is white

Helplines:

There are accessible options if you find using a phone inaccessible due to a disability. The info below was taken from the Mind website:

Samaritans

To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email jo@samaritans.org or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7 pm–11 pm every day).

SANEline

If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30 pm–10.30 pm every day).

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK

Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (6 pm to midnight every day).

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

You can call the CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5 pm–midnight every day) if you are struggling and need to talk. Or if you prefer not to speak on the phone, you could try the CALM webchat service.

Shout 

If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258. Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.

The Mix

If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (3 pm–midnight every day), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.

Papyrus HOPELINEUK

If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (24 hours, 7 days a week), email pat@papyrus-uk.org or text 07786 209 697.

Nightline

If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.

Switchboard

If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10 am–10 pm every day), email chris@switchboard.lgbt or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.

C.A.L.L.

If you live in Wales, you can call the Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L.) on 0800 132 737 (open 24/7) or you can text ‘help’ followed by a question to 81066.

Helplines Partnership

For more options, visit the Helplines Partnership website for a directory of UK helplines. Mind’s Infoline can also help you find services that can support you. If you’re outside the UK, the Befrienders Worldwide website has a tool to search by country for emotional support helplines around the world.

Physical wellbeing

At the start of the first lockdown in 2020, I had so many plans for the upkeep of my wellbeing, so many tours and shows to watch online and accessible fitness classes for disabled people were being launched. Then I caught COVID-19 and it all went to hell.

One of the main things I realised after venturing outside again was how weak I was. It wasn’t all to do with being ill. I’d spent the best part of a year in a home where everything was adapted to my needs. This meant I wasn’t struggling to transfer. Not needing to access anywhere but my home was great at the time and a boost to my mental and physical health. Most of my pain disappeared but without the daily struggle my body got lazy and I’m still not back to how I was.

In August 2020, I applied for and was given some resistance bands. The scheme run by Wheelpower is now open again. If successful they will post the bands to your home and their website has lots of videos with classes and ideas of how to use them. I still don’t use them regularly but that’s down to my willpower, I am using them more now.

Wellbeing resistance-bands

I’m now attending physio sessions so hopefully this will help me physically. Those of you who follow me will know I already have some fetching new boots and I’ve tried a very expensive wheelchair that holds me in a great position and eliminates my back pain.

Dancing with Motionhouse

Our first performance of Wondrous Stories was on Thursday 17th March, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Dance and more importantly my teammates in Freewheelin’ Dance have an enormous, positive impact on my wellbeing.

Watch the Wondrous Stories performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGTukQOMTkI

Wheelchairs and Wellbeing

Without my wheelchair, my wellbeing would suffer. My wheelchair is my legs and my independence, which is why I’m still searching for a suitable second chair. The Q700UP I trialled at my physio session would be amazing but it is very expensive! More on this when I have more time, with pictures I promise.

Journalism

I’m still studying for my certificate in journalism under the ADJ but due to the above, I haven’t managed to progress much. I’m really enjoying the course so far and thankful that the tutors and organisers are understanding when life gets in the way. I hope to complete this qualification before Christmas. Excuse me for mentioning that holiday before November!

Assistance Dog

I’ve always loved dogs. They make me smile from ear to ear! It’s always been a goal of mine to have a four-legged PA and thanks to Canine Partners it’ll happen. Canine Partners train assistance dogs for disabled people. The main tasks for me will be opening/closing doors, picking up anything I drop and assisting me with my coat. I’m hopeful this will mean I can leave the house independently. This will help my wellbeing massively both mentally and physically if I can do things on my own without asking for human help. If only dogs had opposable thumbs… 😂

Collective voices create change and better wellbeing for all

Lastly, I’m a member of several survey and disability groups that ask my opinion on different things, including access and disability. A well-known company is Open Inclusion. There is also The Diversity Standards Collective which pays £10 per survey they send you. I’m not being paid to mention these and there may be others. These are just the companies I am part of and I find it interesting to share my views and hear of others’ experiences as well. The more people, both those with and without a disability provide feedback about products and services the more inclusive the world will be.

If you have any questions or comments about inclusivelivingconcepts please get in touch. I would love to hear from you.

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Mini and Mini Connect Trabasack Review

As promised, here is my review of the Trabasack Mini and the Trabasack Mini Connect products. These two have been sent free for me to review. As a long-time user of Trabasack Products, I will give my honest opinions of these products. I use Trabasack as I have poor dexterity and spasms due to my disability. Trabasack enables me to access food and drink conveniently, without spilling anything.

How are these products different to the Trabasack Curve?

In my Trabasack Curve review, I focused on the differences between the wipe-clean, leather-look version of the Curve and briefly explained why I chose the non-Connect, velcro version. The main difference between the Mini and the Curve products is shape and size. Whether you choose the Connect version of either product or not the Mini is square and slightly smaller than the Curve.

The beanbag inside both Mini Models of the Trabasack is also square and unlike the Curve, it is a tight squeeze to fit more than one beanbag inside a Trabasack Mini. Having said that I haven’t noticed any instability that has made me think of adding an extra beanbag. It is only because I owned the Curve first that the option occurred to me. The smaller size means that the bag fits nicely on my lap and the beanbag covers more space. This makes both Mini products very sturdy and comfortable to use.

Trabasack Mini Beanbag

What’s included?

Both Mini versions come with an instruction booklet, and two straps, one short, and one long. Both have six D-rings each and both come with two ring pull zips. The only difference between them is the tray surface.

Benefits of Mini Connect Velcro

The main benefit of the Mini Connect version is that Velcro sticks to it. This means that objects stay secure on the tray. Having items stay put can be useful for anybody but particularly for disabled people. This is because when we drop things it can be difficult, if not impossible to pick them up. The mini Connect can help ensure that items stay within easy reach which makes them easy to access.

TV Remote held by MediaMount

Trabasack MediaMount

If you are able to view the image above you will see that my TV remote has something wrapped around it. This long accessory, sold by Trabasack is called a MediaMount. The MediaMount is basically a long strip of soft material with velcro all along the underside with two loops at the end to assist people with limited dexterity to grip it. The design means that it sticks to itself and to the Mini connect. This means it can hold items securely and at virtually any angle you want, again, making accessing items easier.

Cup held with MediaMount on a Mini Connect Trabasack

Mini Connect and iPad

In my previous review of the Trabasack Curve, I mentioned how I had damaged an iPad case by putting too much velcro on it when placing my iPad onto my Trabasack. This time I was more careful…

iPad with Velcro
As you can see you don’t need a lot of Velcro 🙂

This small amount of velcro will keep my iPad secure on my lap but enable me to take it off easily when I want to. Trabasack also sell hook tape so if you need some extra velcro they have you covered. You get two strips in a pack and cut them to any size you need.

iPad stuck to Mini Connect Trabasack with Velcro
This photo shows my iPad on the Mini Connect which is attached to my waist.

This position is very comfortable for watching videos or reading emails.

Trabasack Mini

The main selling point of the Mini version vs Mini Connect is that the surface is wipe-clean. Which one you choose will depend on whether you want to use velcro with your Trabasack or not. Having said that the MediaMount does work with the non-Connect version of the Trabasack Mini. The accessory will still hold things in place it just won’t stick items to the tray surface.

The photo on the left shows the MediaMount wrapped around a cup that is resting on the Trabasack Mini. The photo on the right shows the MediaMount curled around itself with a hole in the middle. This is an excellent position for my iPhone and props it upright. This makes it great for video calling. Unfortunately, I couldn’t show this as I needed my phone to take the photos. The pitfalls of having a device that does everything!

Reading

Another thing I use the Trabasack for is reading. I have to say I prefer the Mini version of the product for this over the Curve as its smaller size and square shape is more comfortable for books.

Book resting on Mini Connect

The Mini ensures that I don’t feel the heavy weight of even this big book on my legs! I do slightly prefer the Mini Connect over the Mini in this instance as I can stick the MediaMount onto the Connect Surface to prop the book up at a more comfortable reading angle. I haven’t yet resorted to putting velcro on my books! Thankfully Trabasack products are so stable that I don’t have to!

Conclusion

Both of the Trabasack Mini versions are great. As I use all the products more and more I’m tending to use the Curve as a meal tray and for laptop use and the Mini for everything else. I have got really attached to the Mini Connect with the MediaMount. The main reason I always brought the Trabasack Curve, was because of the bigger lip around the edge. Now with the MediaMount, I have the smaller form factor and a bigger edge all the way around.

Mini Connect on my lap with the MediaMount around the edge

Despite its smaller size, it will still comfortably fit my 13inch Macbook Pro inside it.

Trabasack-Mini-with-Laptop-inside

I think Trabasack says Laptops up to 14 inches for the Curve and Mini Models and up to 17 inches for the Trabasack Max. Whichever model you choose you won’t be disappointed.

I hope you enjoyed this review. It’s a 5 star product that has earned it’s place on inclusivelivingconcepts. Please get in touch if you’d like to ask me any questions regarding these or any other products I use.

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Trabasack Curve Review

I have been given a Trabasack Curve to review. Whilst this product was sent to me free I have been using these products for many years and have brought several. This review contains my honest opinions and experiences of the product. This was originally written for Disability Horizons but I have been given permission to post it on inclusivelivingconcepts.

What is a Trabasack?

A Trabasack is a bag and a lap tray all in one. It is a versatile product that has many uses. My main use is as a removable tray but it can also be used as a bag and for storage. My spasms are just one aspect of my disability. Therefore I needed a tray that I could have food on without my spasms chucking the food all over the place.

The Trabasack was invented by Clare as a lap tray for her son Joe who uses a wheelchair. The tray had to be safe and practical to use. There are now three main models of the Trabasack. The Max, Mini and Curve. The Mini and Curve Trabasack models come with or without a ‘connect’ surface. The Connect models are made with soft Velcro material on the tray portion of the Trabasack Curve. This is useful if you want to Velcro items so that they stay put on the tray. For this review, I was given the option to receive a Curve model with or without this feature.

Curve Connect or Curve?

I chose the Curve model without the Connect feature for the purpose of this review. I’ve learnt from experience that the ability to wipe the product clean is important to me, not because I’m particularly messy but everything sticks to Velcro. My main use for this product is to eat and drink and having owned a Curve Connect for seven years prior to receiving this review unit. I know that crumbs in particular stick to this tray like glue! Connect is a lovely feature that is doing what it is designed to do but it is not particularly convenient with food I find.

The Connect versions are great for anything and everything you want to stay in place. Check out my review for more information.

Trabasack Curve with Instructions

Using the Trabasack Curve

The Curve comes with an instruction leaflet and two straps, one short one long. Which strap/s you use depends on how you want to use the product.

As I’m always in my wheelchair I prefer to use one strap around my waist. This keeps the curve as close to me as possible and is the most stable. Due to my disability, I cannot reach around my back so if I’m by myself I connect the two straps together and wrap them around my armrests at the front. This position isn’t as good but at least I can secure it independently. The Trabasack can also be worn like a standard rucksack and slung over one shoulder. It may have been created for disabled people but it makes a really great laptop or tablet bag whether you have a disability or not.

Trabasack Curve on Lap

D-Rings and ring pull zips

The Trabasack has six D-Rings to which the straps attach. These are strong and sturdy as well as being easy and simple to use. Instead of fiddling about opening the hook and then struggling to attach it to the ring, simply press the hook end of a strap against a D-Ring. The hook will be pushed open and snap onto the D-Ring.

Curve strap hook and D-Ring

The zip runs all the way around the product and the zips are fitted with ring pulls so that the zips are easier to use if you find using zips hard due to disability. Instead of having to grip a tiny object, simply place a finger or thumb in the ring and move your hand to the side to open or close the zip. Much easier to access if you have strength or dexterity issues like me. I keep the zips together as I like the way it looks and I have no trouble gripping them but if you want to make it easier to open and close always have one zip at the front of the curve. That way you only have to pull one zip instead of two to open or close the bag.

Trabasack Ring Pull Zips

Trabasack Curve Tray

The tray portion of the product is not only wipe-clean but also non slip. If, like me, you want the wipe-clean Curve the company does sell a non-slip mat, cut to the same shape as the Curve. This can be very useful and can be kept inside the Curve when it is not needed. I have used one before and keep it handy but for day to day, I find the original non-slip surface good enough for my needs.

The tray portion also has quite a high lip/edge on it to stop items from sliding off. I have to say this is why I brought a Trabasack Curve in the first place. I saw a photo of somebody in a wheelchair, using a Trabasack Curve to carry a plate that contained an English breakfast. This may not sound impressive but the plate included baked beans, the person’s lap wasn’t level and the plate and more importantly ALL the food was on the tray!

english-breakfast

Curve Tray Bean Bag

The reason the breakfast didn’t end up on the floor wasn’t just due to the built-in edge around the tray and the straps. The Curve also has a removable bean bag inside it to help keep it level. If you spend a few seconds setting it up on your lap then it really is very stable. My spasms and startle reflex have tested this so this isn’t just empty praise. Before I came across the Trabasack Curve I couldn’t use a tray at all as food simply slid off my lap!

Curve Beanbag

Eating with the Trabasack Curve

Eating outside and using unsuitable tables when out is possible with a Trabasack Curve. Unless I have a lunch box I do prefer to rest the front edge of my Trabasack on a table as then I don’t have to bend to my lap to eat, (my knees make it very low!) Prior to having the Trabasack Curve when eating out, I had to lean forward as my wheelchair wouldn’t fit underneath restaurant tables. In fact, when we went out for a family meal two weeks ago I forgot that my Curve had been taken off the back of my wheelchair. I then had no choice but to lean forward. Doable but a lot less comfortable.

Dinner Plate on Trabasack

Trabasack Curve and iPad

Weather permitting, I like to sit outside and write, watch films etc so I love my iPad. I love my iPad on my Trabasack Curve even more as I’m not restricted to sitting where tables are.

Another big plus is when I have finished using my iPad I can place my iPad inside my Curve. It is nice and safe on my lap. I am now hands-free and don’t have to worry about people possibly stealing my property from my wheelchair. With my original Curve Connect, I put velcro on my iPad case and stuck my iPad to the tray, giving me even more peace of mind. I actually ruined an iPad case doing this. Trust me when I tell you a little goes a long way! I put plenty of Velcro on the case and it worked too well! I had to remove the iPad from the case to get it off my Trabasack!

Storing items inside Trabasack Curve

I wish this bag had been around when I was at school. A laptop up to 14” can fit inside the Trabasack. It wouldn’t have replaced my school bag, too many books, but I could’ve kept my personal belongings on my lap. This is what I do now. I find my laptop too heavy on my legs to use with the Curve but many people do. The Trabasack Curve is a fantastic bag for electronics whether you have a disability or not. The padded inside ensures devices are protected.

Price and conclusion

The Trabasack Curve costs £39.95. The Connect version is slightly more, £44.95. I thought this was expensive for a tray and expensive for a bag. I brought my first one telling myself I was ridiculous for spending so much money. This review Curve is my 5th Trabasack. This isn’t because they are not long-lasting. My oldest one has just broken after seven years. The thread holding one of the D-Rings together has broken and years of using it outside mean it’s sun-bleached. It is still perfectly usable. I wanted to have more so I could keep one in the car and one on the back of my wheelchair.

If you have or know a child that needs toys etc within easy reach this will facilitate that. A big plus for me is that it’s also more portable and aesthetically pleasing than the trays that Wheelchair Services provide to their clients.

If you struggle to access food whilst eating at unsuitable tables, perhaps you need a flat surface to lean on to read. Maybe, like me, you want a portable table for your electronics. You won’t be disappointed. Please send all comments and questions to inclusivelivingconcepts.

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