Tag: wheelchairs

3D printing brings vision for a customised future

3D printing brings vision for a customised future

Personalisation, customised fitting, faster production and much lower costs. Helen Dolphin says there’s much to celebrate in the concept of 3D-printed wheelchairs. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The process is additive, which means that layers of material are laid down in succession until … Continue reading 3D printing brings vision for a customised future

Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

It’s a classic image from the movies. Person in a hurry cries “Taxi!” and one comes skidding to a halt. But for many disabled would-be passengers it’s a prospect that falls far short of reality but which, Helen Dolphin says, is about to come a step nearer. With less than a quarter of London underground … Continue reading Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

Highwayman Dick Turpin once famously preyed on travellers crossing Hounslow Heath. But now wheelchair user Ray Bellisario has found new danger on the town’s highways. It's a narrow winding road in suburban Hounslow on which cars, buses and rushing delivery vans whizz by. You are in a wheelchair wanting to get to Asda or any … Continue reading No dropped curbs on Hounslow’s street of shame

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Helen Dolphin takes to the beach to test a new and revolutionary mobility vehicle developed by disabled users. Since becoming disabled (just under 20 years ago) I’ve tested many different types of wheelchairs and scooters. Some have had three wheels, lots have had four, a few have had five and some have even had caterpillar … Continue reading Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Wheelchair services, mental health and disability identity

Wheelchair services, mental health and disability identity

Paul Carter and Helen Dolphin are joined in the studio by Jean Waters and Rosemary Fraser to discuss the pressing disability issues. http://traffic.libsyn.com/disabilitynowthedownload/Disability_Now_Podcast_03082015.mp3 Transcript: Disability Now The Download 30 Presented by Paul Carter and Helen Dolphin [Jingle: This is the Download from Disability Now.] PAUL Hello. I’m Paul Carter and with me for this episode … Continue reading Wheelchair services, mental health and disability identity

Access to buses: disappointing court judgement

Access to buses: disappointing court judgement

Despite a judge's recommendations that a bus company makes adjustments to prevent passengers in wheelchairs being unduly disadvantaged, disabled people could still find themselves unable to board, says Helen Dolphin. Ever since I applied for my concessionary bus pass, I’ve become a bit of a fan of the bus. As long as the ramp is … Continue reading Access to buses: disappointing court judgement