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January 11 2012 4 11 /01 /January /2012 01:37

I had an appointment with wheelchair services to check that my wheelchair cushion was right for me. I have a curvature of the spine which means that I do not sit straight which in turn gives me backache. Claire, I think that was her name, she gave me a piece of something to lift me up on that side.


We also had a chat about my wheelchair and the problems with it. Good to have her advice. I brought leaflets about the market stall with me and left them at the reception along with the other information leaflets and started off with neighbouring The Opal Assessment and Demonstration Centre. 


The Opal Centre is where disabled people, older people and carers are supposed to try before they buy -equipment. There are occupation therapists at hand. A drop in centre. "With therapists in-house, advice is readily available on the most suitable equipment and home adaptation to help individual needs and provide much needed independence."


Perfect except for the location. Widdrington Road is not easy to get to and disabled people want a location in the city centre. However I managed to talk to one of the OTs who was happy to show me around and we discussed the possibility of working together to provide some guidance to people at the market. And she said they would tell people about the Eleanor stall because they are not able to sell equipment at the Opal Centre.


I told her about some of the popular items such as the electric can opener and also the trabasack. I am going to bring her a sample so that they can demonstrate to visitors there.


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