Disability (Quotation Subject)

  • This month we chat with actor Lisa Hammond (Grange Hill, Vera, EastEnders) and actor, model and lawyer Shannon Murray. We discuss the differences between being a female and a male #disabled person, and getting pointed by strangers at in the street. We also get to grips with popping pills and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of pimping your ride.
  • Man on disability benefits caught out for playing footballThis is the outrageous moment a scrounger who claimed benefits by pretending he was disabled was caught out after being filmed by undercover investigators running on a football pitch.Simon Maher told the Department for Work and Pensions he was 'virtually unable to walk', and even claimed that he needed help showering and putting on shoes.But the benefit scrounger can be seeing jovially jogging up and down the touchline while coaching a children's football team.The 38-year-old can also be seen kicking and heading a ball and joining in with the warm-ups alongside players of the Blackburn Eagles' under-13 side.He had claimed that it took him five minutes to walk 25 metres, but the ex semi-professional footballer was exposed in the shocking footage and was landed in court.Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the surveillance footage showed many of his claims were not true.She said: "He was managing two teams at Blackburn Eagles Junior Football Club and would attend matches on Sunday morning and afternoon as well as training on Tuesdays and Wednesdays."He was filmed at matches walking up and down the touchline, taking part in warm-ups and carrying equipment."His mobility appeared to be full, as described by one piece of footage which showed him running, kicking, heading and catching the ball."For 10 years Maher had worked for Blackburn with Darwen Council as a school site supervisor, but had to quit when a heavy object fell on his head at work, the court heard.Since then, he had claimed disability benefit but failed to inform the authorities when his mobility became better.Deborah Morgan, defending, said: "He suffered a fractured spine and was unable to work and needed a huge amount of medical intervention."

  • The Tecla Shield DOS is an assistive device that gives people with limited upper-body mobility the ability to wirelessly control technology by using external switches or the driving controls of a powered wheelchair.

    With Tecla, they can:
    -send and receive email and text messages
    -browse the web
    -read books
    -control their smart home devices
    -make and hang up phone calls at any time
    -enter text and commands with only voice
    -navigate apps and play games
    -fully access the features of their smart device

    Whether Tecla is used from the wheelchair, desk or bed, it is always on and ready for use. And when it’s not connected to the power source of a wheelchair, its built-in battery lasts for up to a week with continuous, regular use.

    The Tecla Shield DOS is compatible with:
    -iPod Touch
    -Android smartphones and tablets

    This means that people who have limited upper-body mobility due to spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injury or stroke are no longer limited to expensive assisted devices. The Tecla Shield DOS gives everyone the ability to access mainstream technology.

    Find the Tecla Shield here: http://gettecla.com/products/tecla-shield-dos
  • Technology aimed at easing disabled people's burden is emerging into an ever-growing marketplace. As part of the "Swipe" programme, Sky News journalist Max Preston - himself a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy - visited the Naidex trade show in Birmingham to try some of them.