5 Things To Make Life More Accessible

I've always said I'd rather have been born disabled and never known anything else than suddenly go from completely healthy to suddenly incapacitated. The later is much harder on one's mental health in my opinion.

Here are some things to consider to make your life easier with the hand you've been dealt.

1 - Car Schemes

Having your own transport will help you out a lot. Instead of booking a restaurant and finding out that they don’t have an accessible toilet or ramp entrance, you can simply ask and if there are none, just drive on. You might want to check out the latest Mercedes Motability Cars and the government funding, so you don’t have to struggle with inaccessible trains or buses. You might even get a friend to drive you around, if you are not able to manage this challenge.  

2 - Review Sites

It might also be a good idea to check review sites before you book a table at a nearby restaurant, to make sure that they have for less able customers. TripAdvisor and other sites will give you a good overview of the site and the photos published by customers will answer many of your questions. You don’t want to end up disappointed next time you are planning on meeting up with friends.

3 - Disability Blogs

Another good place to start your journey is disability blogs and online forums in your area. There might be some Facebook groups you can join and ask questions so you know which attractions and venues are suitable for you. If you are running your own business, you can also find out a lot of information through networking.

4 - Workplace Adjustments

It might also be a good idea to ask for a workplace adjustment or - if you run your business from home  - make changes. From ergonomic keyboards and mice to supportive chairs and footrests, large screens with higher resolution and text-to-speech features, there are plenty of adjustments that can make you more effective at home and in the office.

5 - Home Improvements

Image of a young man being pushing in a standard manual wheelchair by a friend while out and about.
You might not know this, but the government has funds allocated to support independent living for disabled people. You can get a ramp installed, bath rails, and special alarms, as well as a mobility scooter to get around the house quicker. Consider lowering the work surface of your kitchen or changing the flooring, so you don’t risk trips and falls and can still entertain your friends at home.

People often find it hard to socialise when living with a disability. This shouldn’t be the case, though. By planning ahead and doing your research, taking advantage of government support, you can live a happy and independent life. Ask for help when needed, but also make sure that you help yourself whenever you can.

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