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Rica News September 2017
Your views on product reviews
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Our 'Gem of the Month' is a survey asking you to shape Rica's future online product reviews written by and for disabled consumers. The project, called  Rate it!, will fill a gap in providing information on products for disabled people. We want your thoughts and ideas on how best to make the reviews relevant, accessible and inclusive. We're working with partners Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) and Enabled by Design, with input and advice from the organisation Which?. There's a prize draw for a £50 shopping voucher, so please give us views below.
Choice Unlimited in Rutland
Choice Unlimited LCiL 2017 
Rica will have a stand at Choice Unlimited, the roadshow for disabled and older people, in Rutland on Wednesday, 11 October, 2017. Come and say hello to us at the Active Rutland Hub between 10am and 6pm. As usual, entry is free. Read more below.
Getting Along video
Older couple illustrating the Getting Along programme
Damian Murphy of Innovations in Dementia (iD), Rica's partner in local dementia research projects, has made a short video to show the work he does for Getting Along, an iD programme which supports couples to address changes in their relationships. 
Watch the video below.
Other news
UN blasts UK disability record
UN disabilities committee process
The UK is failing its disabled citizens, the UN Committee on the rights of disabled people has said in a new report. The committee is especially concerned about independent living, poverty, inappropriate work and inclusive education. The UK government has replied that it is a recognised world leader in disability rights. Find out more below.
Chronic Illness Inclusion Project
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The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project is looking for new members to help it answer two important questions:
  • How does society make life harder for people with chronic illness?
  • What are the priorities for changing the way society responds to chronic illness?

Read more and join the discussion below.

Adult Social Care: Quality Matters
Quality Matters graphic describing what high-quality care involves
Adult Social Care: Quality Matters is a new initiative from the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission. It aims to get all people involved to agree what quality adult social care is and to work together to make sure care meets this quality standard. In its first year it will look for improvements in six areas, including communicating better with people who use services and making sure organisations work better together. See more below.
Disabled voters: your views wanted
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The Government is asking for the experiences of disabled people and their supporters in registering to vote and in voting. They're also looking for details of the support provided to disabled people at elections. The deadline for commenting is 14 November, 2017. Read more below.
Accessible travel - have your say
The Department for Transport wants feedback on their draft plan to improve travel for disabled people. The plan covers a range of transport including planes, trains, buses and taxis. The proposals also look at ways to improve public space to make it more accessible. This consultation closes on 15 November, 2017. Find out more below.