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NEW and exciting one-stop website that helps people find – and buy – the right equipment to retain their independence got a big thumbs up from visitors to this year’s Disability Awareness Day.

“We are doing this because we believe we can make a difference to a marketplace for independent living that is not great at the moment,” says Really Useful Stuff CEO Kay Allen OBE. “We believe we can stimulate some healthy competition amongst suppliers, helping to improve choice and price. The site will be accessible and mobileenabled – so you can shop on the move,” Kay adds. The website also takes the pain out of e-commerce for charities, suppliers and disabled entrepreneurs. It gives them control and support to add their goods and services into a new and

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n KAY Allen OBE has served as a Commissioner both on the Disability Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. n Kay chaired the scrutiny panel for the Sayce review of Access to Work. n She also held senior positions for B&Q, BSKYB and Royal Mail – and launched a retail range for B&Q called Daily Living Made Easier.

innovative marketplace for products to make living easier – that’s growing fast. However, Really Useful Stuff is not an advice site nor is it all about medical equipment. Kay says: “The website strives to create an online community where people can share tips and product reviews. It’s about finding products that are well designed and look great. “We need to empower disabled people as consumers and improve product choice and price. There is a real need to get better product choice out into the marketplace.

“It’s also about giving something back. Really Useful Stuff is powered by the innovative Xperedon charity fundraising platform and 1% of every purchase is donated to charity.” James Caan, one of the entrepreneurs on BBC TV Dragons Den, said: “Really Useful Stuff’s website is just what the independent living market needs. “Now people can see for themselves, quickly and easily, all in one place, what products are available from what suppliers at what price.” n www.reallyusefulstuff.co

Editor: Tom Dowling email: news@alltogethernow.org.uk

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On your marks for Paralympian Day BRITAIN’S Paralaymians and disabled and deaf artists are returning to to celebrate National Paralympic Day – Saturday, September 7– almost one year since the London Games ended. The event, at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will feature the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, the annual festival of deaf and disabled artists. Among highlights will be “The Limbless Knight”, an aerial performance from award-winning theatre company, Graeae. Andrea Begley, who recently triumphed on the BBC TV series The Voice, will be singing, and there will be street theatre, outdoor dance, mass choreography, visual arts, live music, film and food! The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This free event will be a fitting finale to another outstanding summer of sport, culture and entertainment in this magnificent new park.” n www.queenelizabetholympicpark.

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Anne’s a diamond TV AND radio presenter Anne Diamond has given her support to a national charity which empowers limbless military personnel. BLESMA - The Limbless Veterans was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932. Anne said: “They deserve every ounce of our support.” n Tel: 020 8590 1124, www.blesma.org

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RESEARCH is urgently required if the long-term health and support needs of elderly people with autism are to be understood and met, the UK’s leading autism charity warns. Autism is under-diagnosed in the elderly and the National Autistic Society has found that less than half (41%) of English local authorities have a diagnostic pathway in place for adults, despite it being an obligation following the 2009 Autism Act. NAS boss Mark Lever said: “There is still a tendency to think of autism as a condition that just affects children, when there are older people with autism in all our communities who need our support. “Too many older adults with autism are missing out on diagnosis and too many are still waiting to be assessed. This must change.”

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