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See Trabasack and Version 22 at Naidex

(Looking for NAIDEX Floorplan? Scroll to the bottom)

As long time exhibitors at the fantastic annual Naidex disability and homecare event, we’re pleased to announce we’ll be back in 2015 and we’ll be sharing our stand with the fantastic talents of inventor and founder of Version 22, Simon Lyons.

Profile picture of Simon Lyons who is a young white man with a beard and brown hair

Simon will be joining the Trabasack Team at Naidex to show off his exciting new product

Come and see both the Trabasack team, showcasing our Equ4l.com Equipped for Life online boutique range of products as well as Version 22 and their innovative and award-winning Geco Hub and other new ideas, between 28th and 30th April at the NEC in Birmingham.

This year representatives from Naidex say that there will be over 40 new product launches at the event so it’s certainly worth coming along to see what fresh and innovative ideas are out there for the future of disability living and care.

About Naidex

Naidex is the UK’s largest dedicated event with a focus on disability, rehabilitation and homecare. Over 300 exhibitors attend and show off some the most inventive and creative solutions to everyday problems for disabled people. The show also includes keynote speeches, conference seminars and the opportunity to meet experts in many fields of healthcare and gain insight and independent advice.

For full “how to get there” info click here.

The event is an opportunity to discover a new device or invention which could be exactly what you’re looking for.

The Geco Hub in Action

The Geco Hub in Action

About Version 22

We’re delighted to be sharing our stand with the creative and innovative talent that is Version 22. Simon Lyons is a multi-award-winning inventor whose fantastic Geco Hub has been showcased on our Living with Disability blog and is an example of a household item which is truly designed with design for all principles in mind. The Geco Hub has gone from strength to strength with the first units available for pre-order for delivery in May this year and thanks to huge success both on Kickstarter and thanks to the receipt of many awards for its ingeniousness.

Most recently Version 22 has been awarded the Irwin Mitchell Design for Life Award for a brand new invention which has been designed with the potential aim of improving the quality of life of people living with disabilities, although the idea is very much under wraps at present we look forward to hearing more about it!

Be one of the first people to see Simon’s newest product by visiting our stand  at the show!

The Irwin Mitchell Design Award is a huge accolade and gives Version 22 £10,000 in legal fees and R&D support to get their new idea off the ground. There were over 100 entries for the award but in the end this innovative new idea from Version 22 was the one that the prestigious law firm chose as their best bet. The winner was chosen in conjunction with Nesta and Disability Rights UK, ensuring experts were available to ensure the right entrant was selected. Congratulations Version 22!

Visiting our stand you’ll be able to see the Geco Hub in action and Simon is also planning to showcase and demonstrate his brand new product.

Trabasack and Equ4l.com

Trabasack at Naidex National 2011

Follow Me on Pinterest Trabasack at Naidex National 2011

As long time exhibitors at Naidex National, we’re really excited to be back again in 2015 and hope to demonstrate both our originally designed Trabasack range as well as other products selected from our range which aims to provide useful and convenient tools for everyday life. Our range includes stand out examples of inclusive design including the Knork and Greepers Laces.

We will also have stocks of a new product never seen at Naidex before:

THE BIG BIG BODY WIPES! Giant wet wipes for camping, festivals and an all over body wash anywhere!

Our range represents aids which are designed to make life easier and we specialise in sourcing British designs, like our own, wherever possible.

We can be found at stand E102 in the Daily Living Aids sector of the exhibitors area and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. 

We are directly ahead walking from the entrance at Hall 18 near the Trade Theatre. Tweet me if you get lost @trabasack!

The organisers of NAIDEX are reluctant to put a floor map online but I have one for you here  >

NAIDEX 2015 FloorPlan

Blue Badge Sat Nav goes the extra mile!

Blue Badge Sat Nav goes the extra mile!

This has been a long time coming and I’m sure plenty of disabled people and their carers breathed a sigh of relief when Navevo launched the Blue Badge Sat Nav, specifically for drivers with disabilities and their support staff.

An image of a Blue Badge Sat Nav Follow Me on Pinterest

The Blue Badge Sat Nav has all the great features of a standard sat nav, which all drivers expect but goes the extra mile by providing additional accessibility  information that is helpful to those with disabilities. Our favourite features of the Blue Badge Sat Nav include:

-Navigation directly to blue badge parking bays – extremely helpful if you have difficulty finding a parking space or knowing where the specified disabled parking area is! Additional information such as how long you are able to park in certain areas is also provided which is extremely helpful!

-Local and relevant information – not only does this sat nav provide you with information about many points of interest around the country (over 60,000 different places) they’re also tailored to which are accessible and who they cater for.

-Locating accessible amenities – from shops to train stations to toilets, finding accessible amenities is a daily struggle for many but with this sat nav, you’re directed to places which advertise said accessibility so there is no need to spend hours looking.

Blue Badge Sat Nav Software

These are just a few of the fantastic features made available through the Blue Badge Sat Nav and they are all designed to make life that little bit easier and they really do. If you’re not in the market for a whole new sat nav system but would like a solution to adapt your existing sat nav to support your additional needs you can also consider the downloadable points of interest (POI) software for TomTom or Garmin. This software contains some of the best features of the sat nav system including information regarding accessible amenities and also the essential Blue Badge parking bays across the country. It’s at a very affordable price too.

A sat nav inside a trabasack wheelchair laptray bag. Follow Me on Pinterest

A new sat nav is a big investment and something you need to take great care of. Use your Trabasack as a sat nav bag to safely transport your Blue Badge Sat Nav to and from your home. Store it in the bag compartment of your trabasack and you’ll never need to worry about it being stolen. The advice is not to leave a sat nav on show in the car window, so take it with you when sight seeing and shopping for peace of mind.

We are very pleased that Trabasack is being sold as a travel accessory by those digital data wizards at the PIE Guide. If you are looking for a Blue Badge Holders Sat Nav update for TomTom is recommended by the trabasack team.

 

Powerchair Pavement Problems

New video Pavement Problems

 

Activist blogger LatentExistence (Steven Sumpter) has made an excellent new film about the problems of travelling in his powerchair. Showing the dangers and difficulties of bad pavements and other road hazards especially on rural routes. The lack of alternatives and accessible transport available.

This page continues from a previous blog post about pavement problems and finding suitable powerchairs.

LatentExistence in a powerchair Follow Me on Pinterest

Badsey to Eversham Follow Me on Pinterest

His journey is from Badsey to Evesham, in rural Worcestershire. As he explains using clever titling in the video, although there are some shops and a post office in the village of Badsey, to access bigger shops, banks, GPs and train services, he needs to travel to Evesham. The bus service is unreliable and not wheelchair accessible. It is not considered a ‘priority route’ by the bus company, First Group.

The journey is about one hour for someone to walk. The other alternative is to use a wheelchair accessible taxi.

The cost for a round trip would be £17! However there is only one in the area and it is difficult to book at convenient times because of school runs. This is a common problem for wheelchair users, certainly it is also the case in our area that all suitable vehicles are blocked booked by Local Authorities using them for pupils travelling to special schools.

Steven uses a powerchair as he has ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis ) also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which among other things causes pain and exhaustion and means that he cannot stay on his feet for long periods.

Problems encountered:

1. The first obstacle is the lack of dropped kerbs on the street where he lives. This means that he has to cross at two driveways where the kerb has been lowered for cars. Here the pavement is broken and although there is some tarmac used to change the level, it is still a high kerb. The video clearly shows how bumpy it is for Steven to get up the kerb even with the special front wheel adaption on his powerchair called ‘Curb Skipper Wheels’.

Trabasack on a powerchair Follow Me on Pinterest

2. The next problem is a long detour because of a lack of dropped kerbs.  Adding to what is already a long journey.

3. A further lack of a ramp or sloped curve a cross a busy junction causes another detour. One of these detours can be seen on the map below.

4. Narrow paths with adverse cambers.

5. Uneven and broken pavement with cars passing very closely past at 60pmh.

6. Sloped that are suddenly steep, leading to tipping back problems.

7. Narrow paths with overgrowing vegetation.

8. Lack of paths with potential for slipping or being trapped in the mud.

9. Crossing the extremely busy and fast moving Eversham bypass.

 

 

The full video can be seen below.

Trabasack as a mounting aid.

Thorough out the film he uses his original Trabasack Curve to hold the camera. The Curve comes with two sets of straps. One pair is shorter ‘side straps’ that can be used to attach the trabasack and hold it on the lap at the armrests of a wheelchair or powerchair. Another way is to use one of the longer straps supplied to attach it around the waist and hold it in position almost like you would wear a bumbag (called a fannypack, belt pack or belt pack in US!). This ensures that it will not fall off your lap over rough terrain.

The beanbag cushioning in the trabasack gives some softening of the bumps and jolts of the journey but you can see from the film how jarring taking this journey would be. I am sure that it leads to aches and pain in the joints and muscles for powerchair users.

Awareness of pavement problems

This video is an important aid to raising awareness for the problems faced by powerchair users caused by lack of suitable pavenment adaptions and poor road surfacing. It also shows how difficult it is for people using wheelchairs who find themselves cut off by poor road and transport links.

Well done to Steven Sumpter for making the time and effort to get this difficult video made. I hope it opens people’s eyes to some of the realities of using a powerchair, wheelchair or scooter.

Another Happy Customer

I was very pleased when my fb friend and twitter follower Mark decided to order a trabasack.

We had a short tweet exchange about which one would suit him best. He did not know from our site whether a Curve would be too big and a Mini too small. Mark uses an HP tablet and wanted to carry it inside his trabasack.

I advised him that the Mini was probably best for him. It is just slightly bigger than an A4 note pad, which is an easy thing to measure against. “I carry my tablet all most everywhere. I am hoping to get a new Android Tab soon so the Trabasack will be handy for that. ” he said.

“plus with the amount of leaflets and stuff you get at places like Naidex and gadget show live it be handy to keep those in as well as somewhere while sitting down to put a drink or dinner on when in my wheelchair.”

@trabasack main places I want to use it is in bed and when i attend conferences for my wheelchair. I need it to keep my phone and laptop in.
@Markinsutton
Markinsutton
@trabasack main places I want to use it is in bed and when i attend conferences for my wheelchair. I need it to keep my phone and laptop in.
@Markinsutton
Markinsutton
Mark also tweeted

@trabasack my spasms are tenst not involuntary but think velcro would be useful as sometimes I hit bumps in road and laptop falls off lap
@Markinsutton
Markinsutton

So we decided on the Mini Connect which has a velcro receptive surface (that is you stick things to it with the ‘hook’, rough velcro tape). Mark has cerebral palsy and thought the velcro would be helpful.

I was delighted that Mark got his Trabasack today. We always try to post 1st class on the day of the order or the following day. Mark tweeted

This week is a week of exciting and wonderful things to be delivered by post. What's going to be laying on door mat today when I get home
@Markinsutton
Markinsutton

Awesome told you all going to have exciting stuff arrive in post this week. My @Trabasack bag arrived today.
@Markinsutton
Markinsutton

@veggyboy yeah m8 there is very few products I get straight out the bag that do just what you want them to do & more thanks @trabasack
@Markinsutton
Markinsutton

and

@savvymum4autism totally agree. I going to dump my wheelchair bag now in favour for my new trabasack it does everything I want
@Markinsutton
Markinsutton

I was thrilled to see how much he liked it and it was nice of Savvymum4autism to join in too

@trabasack @markinsutton @veggyboy sorry for gatecrashing I agree @trabasack are really good and so versatile as well
@savvymum4autism
Wendy Hirst

@Markinsutton thats true and they look so stylish as well . I use mine for a play table for my baby as its nice and light weight
@savvymum4autism
Wendy Hirst
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So all in all a big twitterlovefest for trabasack today!

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