Inclusive Gardening 101: Designing a Sensory Garden for All Abilities

Creating a wheelchair-accessible sensory garden is a wonderful way to provide an inclusive and engaging outdoor space for people of all abilities. By incorporating a variety of plants, textures, scents, and sounds, a sensory garden can stimulate the senses and promote relaxation, mindfulness, and well-being.

To ensure that the garden is accessible to wheelchair users, it is important to consider the layout, pathways, and surfaces. Wide, smooth paths with gentle slopes and non-slip surfaces can make it easy for people to navigate the garden independently. Raised garden beds and containers can also be used to provide opportunities for wheelchair users to participate in gardening activities.

In addition to being a beautiful and therapeutic space, a wheelchair-accessible sensory garden can also serve as an educational tool for children and adults alike. By learning about the different plants and their sensory properties, visitors can gain a deeper appreciation for the natural world and the benefits it provides.

Overall, creating a wheelchair-accessible sensory garden is a meaningful and rewarding project that can bring joy and enrichment to many people’s lives.


“Safe Plants for a Sensory Garden”

A sensory garden is a wonderful way to engage all of your senses and create a peaceful and relaxing environment. However, it is important to choose plants that are safe for everyone, especially children and pets. Here are some suggestions for safe plants that you can use in your sensory garden:

  1. Lavender – This fragrant herb is known for its calming properties and is safe for both humans and pets.
  2. Sunflowers – These bright and cheerful flowers are safe for everyone and can add a pop of color to your garden.
  3. Mint – This refreshing herb is safe for humans and pets and can be used to make tea or added to recipes.
  4. Marigolds – These colorful flowers are safe for everyone and can help repel pests from your garden.
  5. Lemon balm – This citrus-scented herb is safe for humans and pets and can be used to make tea or added to recipes.

By incorporating these safe plants into your sensory garden, you can create a beautiful and enjoyable space for everyone to enjoy.


The Erosion of Pedestrian Space: The Impacts of Pavement Parking.

The act of parking on the pavement obstructs the path of pedestrians, making it difficult for them to navigate through the area. This can be particularly challenging for those with mobility issues, who require a clear and accessible pathway to move around. Parents with young children in strollers also face difficulties as they have to navigate around parked cars, which can be a daunting task.

Moreover, pavement parking can lead to missed appointments, as individuals may find it challenging to reach their destination on time. This can be especially problematic for those who rely on public transportation, as they may have to walk longer distances to reach their destination.

In addition to missed appointments, pavement parking can also lead to social isolation. Individuals who face difficulties navigating through the area may avoid going out altogether, leading to a lack of social interaction and a sense of isolation.

In conclusion, pavement parking is a significant issue that affects the mobility and well-being of many individuals. It is crucial to raise awareness about this issue and take steps to ensure that our streets are accessible to all.

Breaking Barriers: How Advanced Technology is Changing the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities

New technology is revolutionising the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with innovative solutions to overcome their challenges. From wheelchairs to housing and speech devices, these advancements are making a significant impact on the quality of life for those with disabilities.

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One of the most significant advancements is in the field of mobility. Wheelchairs have come a long way from their early designs, and now feature advanced features such as power-assisted wheels, lightweight materials, and customizable seating options. These advancements have made it easier for people with disabilities to move around independently and participate in everyday activities.


Another area where technology is making a difference is in housing. Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular, and they offer a range of features that can be customized to meet the needs of people with disabilities. These features include voice-activated controls, automated lighting, and temperature control, and even smart appliances that can be controlled remotely.

Speech devices are also improving the lives of people with disabilities. These devices use advanced technology to help people with speech impairments communicate more effectively. They can be customized to meet the specific needs of each individual, and can even be programmed to recognize and respond to specific voice commands.

In conclusion, new technology is transforming the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with innovative solutions to overcome their challenges. These advancements are making it easier for people with disabilities to live independently, participate in everyday activities, and communicate more effectively. As technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more exciting developments in this field.

Forever in Good Hands: Providing for Your Disabled Childs Needs After Your Passing.

I think the one thing that worries parents of children who have disabilities, is what will happen to their child on the event of the parent’s death. There are many things you can put into place to help ensure them a more comfortable and secure future, but you need to do them sooner rather than later.


Planning for the future is an essential step for any family, but it is particularly important for those with disabled children. As a parent, your priority is to ensure your child’s wellbeing and security, not only while you are alive but also after your passing. Estate planning is a crucial tool that can help protect your child’s future and ensure that their needs are met.

Ensuring the well-being of our loved ones after we pass away is a crucial reason to create a will. This is especially true if you have a child with a disability, as they may require specialized and often expensive care.

It’s important to note that the term “disabled” can refer to a wide range of disabilities, including physical and/or learning disabilities. Individuals can be vulnerable for various reasons, and it’s essential to carefully consider the provisions that should be included in a will to benefit them.

By taking the time to create a comprehensive will, you can provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones, knowing that their needs will be taken care of even after you’re gone. Don’t hesitate to seek professional guidance to ensure that your will is legally sound and tailored to your specific circumstances.

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Determining the best living arrangements for your child with special needs can be a daunting task. It is crucial to consider various factors such as financial benefits, support from family members, and care plans. Additionally, it is essential to contemplate your child’s life expectancy and medical prognosis.

Once you have carefully evaluated all of these factors, it is time to create a will that includes appropriate financial provisions. This will ensure that your child’s future is secure and that they will receive the necessary care and support they need.

It is important to remember that this process may be challenging, but it is necessary to ensure your child’s well-being. By taking the time to plan and prepare, you can provide your child with a bright and secure future.

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A smooth ride: How to keep your powerchair in top condition

Are you ready to experience the ultimate smooth ride on your powerchair? Keeping it in top condition is key, and I am excited to share some simple tips with you on how to achieve just that.


First off, make sure to check the battery regularly and charge it after each use. This will ensure that your powerchair is always ready for your next adventure. Additionally, inspect the tires frequently for wear and tear, and keep them properly inflated. This will not only prevent tire damage but also provide a more comfortable ride.

Don’t forget about routine maintenance, such as cleaning dust and debris from the motors and adjusting brakes as needed. With these simple steps, you can enjoy a smooth ride each time you step onto your powerchair, knowing that it’s in top condition.

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Facing the Unexpected.

Wow, today did not go as planned! Let me tell you what happened…

I went out in my powerchair like I usually do, and the weather was pretty good for this time of year. I was cruising along, enjoying my day, when suddenly I heard a teenager say, “Your chair is smoking!” I thought he was joking, but he insisted that one of the motors was smoking.


After a short conversation, the motor stopped smoking, but it was still really warm. I decided to switch to a different chair when I got back, and let the other one cool down. Later, we tested it again and found that the motor on one side was still warmer than the other, but there was no smoke this time.

Looks like I’ll have to call the repair company tomorrow. Being a wheelchair user is never boring!

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The cost of living and financial support for disabled people.

If you’re Disabled and/or a Carer in the UK please fill out this quick parliamentary survey. It is about how the #CostOfLivingCrisis is impacting us. It is a good opportunity to get our voices heard before. It closes on 31st March!

£250m must not be cut from social care workforce funding’ in England

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The news that the government plans to slash £250m from social care workforce funding is truly alarming. This move threatens to exacerbate the existing crisis in the sector, leaving already vulnerable individuals without essential support and putting immense strain on an already overstretched workforce.

Social care workers have consistently worked long hours with limited resources, often for minimal pay. By cutting funding earmarked for training and recruitment, the government is effectively pushing them to breaking point, causing further damage to a system that has been struggling for years.

The human impact cannot be underestimated – many patients rely on their carers to manage complex medical conditions, provide companionship and maintain their basic quality of life. It is simply unacceptable that these crucial services should be sacrificed in the name of cost-cutting.

Urgent action must be taken to reverse this decision and avoid a potentially catastrophic outcome for thousands of people across the UK who depend on social care every day.


Choosing a powerchair

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Choosing a power wheelchair can be a daunting task. There are so many different models and features to consider, not to mention the importance of finding one that fits your needs and lifestyle. In this article, we will explore three essential factors to consider when choosing a powerchair: ensuring proper fit, comfort, and safety; considerations for indoor vs. outdoor use; and evaluating comfort and support.

Ensuring proper fit, comfort, and safety

Ensuring proper fit, comfort, and safety should be the top priority when selecting a powerchair. A well-fitting chair will provide better support and stability while reducing the risk of injury or pain. Here’s what you should keep in mind:

1. Seat width and depth – The seat width should accommodate your hips comfortably while the seat depth should allow your upper legs to rest on the seat without touching the backrest.

2. Backrest height – The backrest height should support your entire back from your shoulders down to your tailbone.

3. Armrests – You should be able to rest your arms on the armrests comfortably without raising or lowering your shoulders.

4. Footrests – Your feet should rest comfortably on footplates with leg rests that are adjustable for length and angle.

5. Headrest – If you need extra head support, select a chair that includes an adjustable headrest.

6. Safety features – Make sure that there is a reliable locking mechanism for parking brakes in place.

7. Battery life – Depending on how long you plan to use the chair each day, make sure it has enough battery life to last throughout the day without needing frequent recharging.


Considerations for indoor vs outdoor use

One crucial factor when choosing a powerchair is where you plan to use it most often: indoors or outdoors?

Indoor chairs are usually smaller with shorter wheelbases making it easier to maneuver through doorways and tight spaces like hallways or kitchens in homes or apartments.

However, if you’re planning on using it primarily outdoors where you’ll encounter uneven terrain such as grassy fields or inclined hillsides then an outdoor model might be more appropriate because of its larger wheels with thicker tread patterns which offer better stability over less predictable surfaces.


Evaluating comfort and support

Comfort is critical when choosing any wheelchair including powered ones! A comfortable chair can help reduce fatigue during longer periods of sitting while also helping prevent pressure sores from developing over time due to improper positioning while in motion.

Here are some additional ideas:

1) Cushioning- Look at materials used inside as well as outside i.e., foam padding versus gel pads etc.; some may offer more flexibility than others depending on personal preference/needs

2) Ergonomics- The powerchair design should enhance posture rather than dampen it; extra lumbar supports along lower spine areas can provide excellent reinforcement

3) Adjustability- If someone has limited mobility/hand function & experiences discomfort when seated upright someone attaching tilt/recline mechanisms could alleviate chronic irritation & maintain skin health better by offering improved weight distribution.

In conclusion,

Selecting an electric wheelchair may appear overwhelming but keeping these three key factors in mind helps one achieve ultimate satisfaction when using them:

1) ensuring proper fit
2) considering intended purpose (indoors vs outdoors)
3) evaluating overall comfort/support

By taking these into meticulous consideration beforehand not only will individuals feel more secure but their investment will stand up longer fulfilling their expectations effectively!

Fast-paced and thrilling.

As a wheelchair user, choices of sports to participate in have always been somewhat limited for me. One sport I loved playing as a teenager was wheelchair hockey. It was fast and exciting.


Wheelchair hockey is a wildly exciting and inclusive sport that has grown in popularity over recent years. It is a game where players roll around on their wheelchairs and use specially designed sticks to manoeuvre the puck.

The game combines elements of ice hockey, basketball, and soccer into an incredibly fast-paced and thrilling competition. What makes this sport particularly unique is that it welcomes players with all physical abilities, making it a great way for disabled individuals to engage in an active sporting community.


Wheelchair hockey teams can be found around the world, competing at local tournaments or taking part in international competitions. So whether you’re an experienced player or someone who’s never even held a stick before, wheelchair hockey has something to offer everyone who loves sports!