Archive for May, 2014

Deaf Dramas To Become A Success On TV?

Monday, May 26th, 2014 by morethan

Deaf awareness week is now over, but the issues surrounding deaf people are not. Britain is now slowly warming to subtitles at the bottom of the screen. So is it now time for drama’s in sign language? For deaf people, the recent influx of foreign drama has been great news. They are screened in their original language with good quality “open” subtitles rather than via a button on your remote control. In comparison to regular subtitle service, which is often criticised as poor (and sometimes missing altogether) by deaf people.

Early sign language drama’s in the UK often featured mostly deaf actors, was mostly signed and had little spoken dialogue. They appealed to a core deaf audience who wanted to see themselves represented on screen in the same way as hearing people. BBC Drama commissioner Ben Stephenson tells See Hear that there is no barrier to a drama being made in British Sign Language (BSL), as long as the script is good enough. He says:

“If someone came with a script like that and it was really good, I think we would probably leap up and down with excitement, because it’s really hard to find great scripts.”

More recent drama’s for deaf people has a 50:50 balance of speaking and signing, a good soundtrack and a mix of deaf and hearing actors. It appeals to a much wider audience as a result. Making sign language and deafness part of the story, but not the whole story, which is said to be the key to deaf drama’s future success.

Here at More Than Mobility we think that with a good balanced script, deaf dramas could most definitely be a hit!

FREE Hearing Test, Hearing Products For Deaf Awareness Week

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by morethan

This week is Deaf Awareness Week.  As we get older, a lot of us can find that our hearing may not be as sharp or as clear as it used to be. If you find yourself struggling to hear what loved ones are saying to you or setting the television to a volume that is deafening to everyone else, then it maybe worth your while to look into having a hearing test as a hearing aid may work wonders for you.

Hearing aids have evolved greatly over the last few years, and the progress that has been made in their development is staggering. Most hearing aids fit snugly into your ears and are barely noticeable to others.

To celebrate Deaf Awareness Week, More Than Mobility is offering you a FREE No Obligation Hearing Test in your own home. Simply give us a call on 0800 046 3949 to book or find out more. We also have a wide range of daily living aids to help you maintain your independence and make the simple things in life that had previously become difficult, that little bit easier. So shop online today!

Taking Mobility Scooters on  Public Transport
Mobility Scooter Public TransportWith more than 300,000 mobility scooters in the UK, more mobility scooters are now allowed on public transport.  However finding which scooter can go on which local bus, train or tram is not easy.

Do read our latest blog post to get advice on how to take your take your Mobility Scooters on Buses, Trains & Tram.

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Advice on Taking Mobility Scooters on Buses, Trains & Trams

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by morethan

With more than 300,000 mobility scooters in the UK, more mobility scooters are now allowed on public transport.   However, finding which scooter can go on with local bus, train or tram is not easy.

Rica, an independent consumer research charity has created a useful online website listing out which mobility scooters can be used on which buses, trains and trams.

Buses

A code of practice for travel on buses has been developed by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and mobility scooter users are allowed on the bus if all of the following apply:-

  • the local bus company is running a mobility scooter permit scheme
  • the scooter is a Class 2 type (portable or pavement mobility scooter) and has maximum dimensions of 60cm wide x 100cm long and a turning radius of no more than 120cm
  • the bus company has assessed you in safely using your mobility scooter on the bus.

For more information including which local bus companies are taking part and running a mobility scooter permit scheme please visit:  http://www.rica.org.uk/content/mobility-scooters-buses.

Trains

Train operators are not required to carry mobility scooters but most of them will.

  • All train companies will let you carry a folded up mobility scooter on the train as luggage.
  • Some train companies allow you to travel on your mobility scooter if it meets certain criteria.
  • Some companies run permit schemes for mobility scooter.

For more information on travelling on trains with a mobility scooter please visit:  http://www.rica.org.uk/content/trains#scooter.

Trams

The majority of tram and light-rail services will allow you to travel with a mobility scooter.  Some services have size restricitions and on some services you need to apply for a permit and be assessed to ensure you can maneouvre safely.

For more information on travelling on trams with a mobility scooter please visit:  http://www.rica.org.uk/content/trams-and-light-railways#scooter.

In addition Rica have also produced a Public transport: a guide for older and disabled people covering access on coaches, ferries, travel in London, planes and taxis for deaf, disabled and older people.  To view this guide please visit: http://www.rica.org.uk/content/accessible-public-transport.

We hope you find this information useful and happy travelling on your mobility scooter!

Kind regards

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Access Day Encourages Disabled People To Try New Adventures

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by morethan

Disabled Access Day will be held for the first time on Saturday 17 January 2015, with the backing of the disabled-led website Euan’s Guide. The organisers want to encourage disabled people and their families and friends to visit somewhere they have never been before on 17 January, such as a sports centre, cinema or a tourist attraction.

Euan’s Guide is hoping to encourage venues, retailers and businesses to sign up as partners, and provide promotional offers to disabled people who register to take part. The aim of Disabled Access Day is to highlight the best accessible places in Britain.

Euan MacDonald, founder of Euan’s Guide and himself a wheelchair-user, said: “Many disabled people feel wary about visiting new places because it’s all too common to go somewhere new and find out that it hasn’t got the accessibility features promised on its website or marketing materials.

“Disabled Access Day is intended to promote good disabled access amongst businesses and to demonstrate the commercial power that the 11.6 million disabled people in the UK represent for big and small companies.

Here at More Than Mobility we encourage disabled people to get out and about, so we think that this is a great event and hope it turns into an ongoing initiative rather than just one day.

It’s MS Awareness Week

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by morethan

It’s MS Awareness Week this week (28th April – 04th May 2014). Over at The Multiple Sclerosis Society they believe knowledge is power and so do we! The MS Society have been working hard to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. There are various ways to get involved in helping to raise awareness including requesting an MS Pack, which includes a wrist band, shopping bag and a sticker for your car. The MS Trust 21 Challenge gives you 21 ways in 21 days to raise awareness and funds and make a difference for everyone affected by MS. As well as the Be Bold In Blue fundraiser and more! If there is any way you can help we encourage you to do so. Now time to find something blue…

Here at More Than Mobility we don’t want any disability to stop you from living independently and we would like to make your everyday life easier and less painful for you. We have some great products to get you around the house or when you’re out and about, including daily living aids from as little as £2.49, adjustable beds and our wheelchairs start from as little as £99.00. So shop today!