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Kickstarting the future: can crowdfunding be used to develop disability products?

Kickstarting the future: can crowdfunding be used to develop disability products?

January 5, 2015,

Annie Makoff finds out whether crowdfunding could be a viable way of developing items and equipment for the disability market… According to crowdfunding platform Fundable, the crowdfunding market was on track to add $65 billion to the global economy by the end of 2014. At a time when traditional bank funding is hard to come by, it’s »

Service Disruptions

Service Disruptions

September 12, 2014,

Why are the disabled passenger assistance services provided by UK train operators reportedly ‘patchy’ and ‘pretty stressful’? Annie Makoff finds out… Wheelchair user Alan Benson was left on the train at sidings when his booked assistance failed to turn up. Christoph Andrats had to activate the alarm button when the train doors were closing, »

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember

August 12, 2014,

Seasoned traveller Ruth Adorian tells Annie Makoff what she hopes to achieve with the recently established Association for the Independence of Disabled People… Ruth Adorian isn’t your average charity founder. Not many people can boast that they’ve travelled across the Sudan on a camel, shot a crocodile in the Nile or got caught in »

Lessons in Charity

Lessons in Charity

November 22, 2013,

Could the RNIB and NAS have productive roles to play in the government’s free schools and academy programme? Annie Makoff finds out… In September, Coventry-based Three Spires School became the first special school to convert to a charity-sponsored SEN (special educational needs) academy. Now known as the Three Spires Academy, it’s run by the »