May 2019
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No fake reviews on Rate it!
With recent publicity around fake reviews in the mainstream media, we want to confirm that Rate it! is the real deal. We check that each review on Rate it! is from a real person.
There are a lot of 5-star reviews because people are saying positive stuff about kit they use. Have a look and tell us about products you use too including useless stuff!
1,000th panel member prize draw!
Our consumer research panel nearly has one thousand members and to mark this milestone, we're offering a prize draw:

  • The 1,000th member will receive a prize of shopping vouchers of £150
  • And there'll be an extra prize of £50 for one lucky person who signs up during this promotion as well.

So if you're already a panel member, tell a friend to join and share the dosh.
Or... if you haven't signed up yet, click on the link below.

You can join the panel over the phone. Ring us on 020 7427 2460 and we'll ring you back at a time that's convenient for you.
Gear, gadgets and gizmos - have your say!
Phil Friend, RiDC's Chair, wants to interview disabled people for his new podcast series Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos. Phil will ask you about two or three products you use that really help you manage day-to-day living. The phone interview will last about 15 minutes and an edited version will go online as an audio podcast. If you've something to say about stuff you use, including tips and hacks, then email Phil below or ring RIDC on 020 7427 2460 and we'll pass on your contact details.
Washing machines for blind and partially-sighted people
Our research shows the seven features that blind and partially-sighted people need to ask for when buying a washing machine, like dials instead of screens.
We have delved into the details of washing machines to show which ones have more of these useful features. We hope this will help you choose an accessible machine that has knobs and tactile controls to make doing a wash easier. Find out more below.
Other news
Ikea hack products for access
Ikea has a range of add-ons that aim to make daily life easier, including bumpers for bookshelves, super-sized zippers and corner markers for shelves. The new range, called ThisAbles, can be 3D-printed and aims to make the company’s existing products and furniture more accessible for disabled people. Customers can even print the products themselves by downloading free plans on the ThisAbles website and taking them to any 3D-printing shop or facility. Read more below.
Pavement parking inquiry
Pavement parking causing you problems? Don't suffer in silence! The House of Commons Transport Committee has launched an inquiry to find out about the problems pavement parking causes in England (devolved issue) and look for possible solutions. Find out more and have your say (by 14 May) below.
MS Society survey
The MS Society is holding its third My MS My Needs survey into what it’s like living with MS in the UK today. It asks whether you're getting the treatments, services and support that you need.
The survey takes around 30 minutes to do. Closing date is 31 May 2019 at 2.33pm. Take the survey below.
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deafPLUS Advice Line
Our gem of the month is deafPlus Advice Line. If you're worried or need advice about housing, benefits, money or debt and you're a BSL user, the deafPLUS Advice Line may be able to help. It has information in BSL and you can book signed appointments for advice via Skype or FaceTime. The service is free, funded by the Big Lottery. Book your appointment, talk to one of their confidential advisers and find out more below.
Tech advice for blind people
Confused by assistive technology for blind and partially-sighted people? Or do you want to find out what's available? Vital Tech is an impartial website, from Thomas Pocklington Trust that has guidance and instructional videos on all things techy around the house, from kitchen gadgets to organising your money. Search or browse below.
Tell Infosound how they're doing
Infosound, the impartial information service for vision-impaired people, is asking listeners across Great Britain to comment on their service so that they can make it as informative and relevant as possible. Have your say by phoning them on 03000 111 555 (option 3) when you've listened to their audio clip, below.
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