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Rica News January 2018
2018 promises to be an exciting year
Our gem of the month is us! That's right - let's talk about us!
2018 will see us introduce a new working name for the charity: The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers. This will help make it clearer as to what we do and who we help. Read more in our Chief Executive Jon's blog post below.
Fitness equipment and VI gym users
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Our latest research report investigates how blind and partially sighted gym users experience testing fitness equipment. It was supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust and Metro Blind Sport. A summary of the research findings is available at: http://bit.ly/InclusiveFitnessTPTSummary. The full research report and summary paper are available in Braille and on audio-cd from Thomas Pocklington Trust; please phone 020 8996 1937. Read the full research report Inclusive Fitness Equipment for people with a visual impairment below.
The trouble with stairlifts
woman sitting on stairlift
One problem with stairlifts is the lack of comprehensive, comparative product testing to show which ones are better than others. (There are no independent consumer tests of mobility scooters or manual or powered wheelchairs, either.) Which is surprising, isn't it? They're expensive items to purchase, often requiring an assessment and a sensitive approach. Our stairlift guidance can help with some of your questions. Find out more below.
Other news
Housing advice for disabled people
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is investigating the lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain. Part of this involves asking disabled people, their families, carers and support workers to fill in a survey about their experiences of seeking housing advice, as well as how accessible and useful it is if they find it. The EHRC also wants your ideas and help to improve housing advice. Take the survey below.
Raising concerns about health, social care or education for young people i n England
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NHS England is asking  children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism, or both about their experiences of raising concerns and making complaints . Families and paid carers can also take part. Your feedback will help develop a new project called Ask Listen Do.
The survey ends on 31 January 2018. Find out more below.
TV programme guides - access for blind and partially sighted people
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About two million people in the UK with visual impairments watch TV. Many face difficulties in using electronic programme guides (EPGs). Using on-screen TV programme guides can be time-consuming at best, and impossible at worst. Ofcom has made proposals to amend the Code of Practice  for EPGs to enable people with visual impairments to make better use of them. You can let them know your thoughts about the proposals in a survey until 5pm on Tuesday, 6 February. Find out more below.  
Thinking of becoming a service user representative?
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A recent Shaping Our Lives report aims to improve understanding of good and bad experiences of service user involvement in the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of public sector services. It looks at the challenges service users face through being both a service user rep and a user of services. Find out more below.