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As feeding tube awareness week comes to an end, we wanted to take a look at some of the facts and figures and share some of our favourite social media influencers who are educating the world about tube feeding.   The British Artificial Nutrition Survey (2011) indicates that there are 26,600 adult patients receiving home enteral tube feeding in the UK. Reasons for this include Cancer, Stroke, Cystic Fibrosis, problems with swallowing and central nervous system conditions. There are different types of feeding tubes: ones that go through the nose into the stomach, ones that go through your stomach into...

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Design, Disability, Inclusion -

“It's intuitive — easy on, easy off — and evidence of how design, innovation and engineering can meet to answer an ambitious North Star: the creation of a hands-free shoe.” Nike’s own description of its new ‘FlyEase’ trainers is as accurate as it is succinct. The shoe design has two main features – a “bi-stable hinge” that allows it to be secure in both its fully open and fully closed states; and a “tensioner”, which assists the motions involved in putting on and taking off the shoe. By way of background info: a few years ago, a teenager with cerebral...

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Disability, Health, Women -

Blue Monday. Most of us have heard of it. What you might not know is that it was coined as a result of an (unscientific) equation created as part of a PR initiative for a travel company! Some people believe it undermines the seriousness of conditions such as clinical depression and conflates it with feeling ‘down’. Others see it as an opportunity to share advice on self-care during a month where circumstances may be tough for a variety of reasons. Indeed, Samaritans are reclaiming the day for their ‘Brew Monday’ campaign. With this in mind, we spoke to mental health trainer...

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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, small business -

Since Lottie Jackson featured us in her Guardian article in December 2019 ['Why 2019 was a landmark year for disabled fashion'], progress in this space has been patchy but promising.  To be fair, the dumpster fire of 2020 hasn't made it easy for people to push on with any previously made plans; manufacturing has been a stop-start business, rife with uncertainty. It would be understandable for mainstream brands on the cusp of exploring inclusive design to have pulled back.  For small businesses and startups, keeping the lights on has been hard enough this year. Despite this, we have seen some new...

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There are a lot of Christmas gift guides popping up at the moment, but for the most part, they're not focused on those of us with chronic health conditions, physical impairments, or invisible illnesses. That's alright though; there are plenty of excellent companies making beautiful products for this sizable but often overlooked demographic. In this blog post, we've listed our top ten gift ideas for you and your loved ones this Christmas. Babe with a mobility aid? We had to post about these guys first, as we keep seeing them all over the place (most recently, during one of our...

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