Author: ianmacrae1

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

After years of perceived and actual decline in its usage, the arrival of a new Braille tablet together with other advances in technology could be the saviour of the reading system which, Ian Macrae argues, is fundamental to the independence of blind people. I don’t know how sighted people feel about print. I know that … Continue reading Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

If you find packaging tiresome, troublesome or just difficult, Ian Macrae thinks he may have found an answer. People old enough or retro enough to remember or still be buying CDs and DVDs will also be aware of the irritation packaging can bring. Shrink-wrap that’s been shrunk tighter and more clinging than a soaked pair … Continue reading Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

The format of this programme which looks back at moments of history means it wilfully lacks relevance to the lives of disabled people today and fails to take an opportunity to challenge, says Ian Macrae. The Reunion is BBC Radio 4’s returning series in which presenter Sue McGregor invites a number of people who were directly … Continue reading Radio review: The Reunion – Disability Campaigners

DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

2016 is likely to be the year when large numbers of disabled people are moved off Disability Living Allowance and on to Personal Independence Payments. But, says Ian Macrae, hidden cuts are being made to serve a darker agenda. Former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey is serially misquoted as having said that his … Continue reading DLA to PIP migration and the great Osborne sell-out

AW 500 multi-alarm wristwatch from Amplicomms

AW 500 multi-alarm wristwatch from Amplicomms

A multi-alarm wristwatch designed with deaf people particularly, though not exclusively, in mind also manages to look good, says Ian Macrae As disabled people we often have to accept that, when it comes to things which are made to enable us, style is often forfeited to functional utilitarian appearance. From old-fashioned NHS wheelchairs to bathroom … Continue reading AW 500 multi-alarm wristwatch from Amplicomms