ENIL states Independent Living means disabled people require accessibility of the built environment, accessible transport, availability of technical aids, access to personal assistance and access to community-based services. On paper this sounds easy but in reality sometimes it isn’t. For instance during the ENIL workshop we had an afternoon in Strasbourg, the old city is full of restaurants and bars but the majority are inaccessible due to the age and size of the buildings.
This page is for anything to do with information about independent living that doesn’t fit easily elsewhere on my site!
I am lucky to know the team at Meru, a small charity in Epsom, who make things for disabled children and young people that cannot be found commercially. Their products are innovative. In October 2011 I talked with them about the need for a non-slip zip pull, that was easy to fit, washable and would go onto just about anything. We worked together on the designs and following trying out some prototypes they now have the finished product on sale. Take a look at Zipz in Meru’s online shop.