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Innovating the Future of Disability

On the 28-30 March, 12,000 trade, healthcare professional & consumer visitors in the independent living and disability sectors will take over the NEC Birmingham for three of the most enterprising days the industry has ever seen.

Update on the Disabled Living Foundation and Shaw Trust partnership

In October the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) and Shaw Trust announced plans to form a partnership.

Talks between trustees and the senior management from both charities are now complete and the partnership is now in full operation.

Disabled Living Foundation and Shaw Trust partnership agreed

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living for over 40 years, has joined forces with Shaw Trust. The charities will merge at the end of November and DLF will retain its name, identity and staff.

The merger creates new opportunities for both organisations and will see the development of DLF’s essential information, advice and training. For Shaw Trust it enables the charity to develop its advisory services such as information, guidance and sign-posting for those it currently supports – and to a much wider community too.

ETNA project


ETNA is an EU-wide thematic network funded by the European Union involving 23 partner institutions. It was a three-year project that has now been launched to establish a web portal of ICT-based assistive technology. This multilingual portal includes ICT assistive products, related organisations, and projects. The portal allows access to repositories of freeware, open source and commercial software products and tools useful for e-accessibility.

AskSARA Web App

Date: November 2012

The ways in which the general public access information is ever changing with individuals placing more importance in accessing the information they require in a quick and convenient manner. The past few years has seen a meteoric rise in the use of mobile devices being used for this purpose and with an ever growing audience from across the UK, DLF has launched a new mobile web app for AskSARA – www.asksara.org.uk - to meet this growing trend and to be at the forefront of using emerging technologies to meet users needs.

DLF is relocating to a new location within Wandsworth

Date: 11th July 2013

DLF, the national charity for older and disabled people, has left the premises in Harrow Road, London W9, moving further west to Hammersmith.

DLF Data Web App

Date: February 2013

DLF-data, the DLF’s (Disabled Living Foundation) professional database of daily living equipment / assistive technology is now available as a web app for use on Smart Phones. This means therapists with a login could find product details, suppliers’ contact details, retailers and organisations via their phones when out on home visits or working across sites. They can give relevant details to service users then and there, and not have to wait till they are back in the office. Therapists attending last month’s Moving and Handling Conference 2013 described the DLF-data web app as “very helpful”, as containing a “Wealth of Information” and a “Great design”.

DLF Data references

Date: March 2013

A list of relevant articles, books and other literature can now be searched from the 'References' section on the menu.

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