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you had to clip in to the side to make it work; surely a design fault. To think that people who use sign language


can communicate around the world, without anyone needing to join in what could be a private conversation. With the flick of a button you can open and close your curtains, and carry out a myriad of tasks that even a few years ago were not possible. There is no doubt that the comparative cost of the development of technology has come down. I don’t want to even think about the price I paid for the first lap top that I bought back in the 1990’s. When I look at the capability that it had, it was considerably less than what I can do on my phone, it makes me shudder slightly. But how much of a barrier is the cost of


technology to helping people do the things that they want to do? I have no problem in that companies need to make money, and a profit in order to be able to carry on developing equipment. There is a reason that they are called companies and not charities. I also have an unresolved issue with charities buying equipment for disabled people. It may be that this is the only way that disabled people can access some of the technology that will change their lives, but


then it fulfills the circle that disabled people need charity. I am personally conflicted because there are several charities that I work with to raise money for what I think are good causes. I will ponder that when I have more time Disabled people are a significant group of


people who are not online; several million in fact. In a world where you actually never have to go to a supermarket again, if you can afford the technology, the internet connection and be prepared to have everything from one shop, your life becomes different. But if you can’t afford the technology in the first place, then there is the potential that some disabled people will be left behind as technology develops and improves. But there are also fads in technology. Older


versions of hardware are discarded as soon as the new one comes out. My parents generation didn’t have things that were disposable. You kept everything for a long time and recycled and reused. We cannot turn back the clock, and I wouldn’t want to. Technology in all its forms has the opportunity to radically change disabled people’s lives but they cannot be left behind in the process of change. And we won’t know it has happened until it is too late.


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Crelling Harnesses manufacture a large range of belts and harnesses designed to provide Postural Support or offer restraint for


Crelling Harnesses manufacture a large range of belts and harnesses


designed to provide Postural Support or offer restraint for


disabled children and adults. Our large range of special


disabled children and adults. Our range of special needs


needs harnesses is suitable for use wheelchairs, buggies, scooters stairlifts and seats in cars, buses vehicle harnesses is designed to or to offer a certain degree of behavioural problems or learning


shower chairs, bath seats/hoists, stairlifts and seats in cars and


and aircraft seats. The range of harnesses is designed to provide


provide additional postural support to act as safety restraints for


restraint for those passengers with behavioural problems or


difficulties.


buses. The range of vehicle additional postural support or those passengers with learning difficulties.


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One of our large range of special needs belts and harnesses


One of our large range of special needs belts and harnesses


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harnesses is suitable for use on all kinds of equipment including on all kinds of equipment including wheelchairs, buggies, scooters shower chairs, bath seats/hoists,


We make simple belts and full supportive harnesses. For all kinds of special needs


We make simple belts and full supportive harnesses. For all kinds of special needs


East, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 3LJ Fax: 01253 821780 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm email: jenny@crelling.com


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