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Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017 shortlist announced at the Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living reception

Guests at Speaker's House, Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living

What's the next big thing in assistive technology? New initiative is promoted at the Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living reception

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) and Designability promoted their new initiative, the Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017, at DLF’s fourth annual Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living reception held at Speaker’s House on Wednesday, 28 June 2017.

The Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017 offers young designers the opportunity to develop an idea for a product that will improve the lives of people living with disabilities, long term health conditions or age related impairments.

Ed Mylles, DLF’s Interim Director said: ‘DLF’s mission is to help people live independently at home, with dignity. We are committed to supporting people to find the right bit of equipment at just the time that they need it. But quite often people tell us that there isn’t the solution for their needs on the market. The Assistive Technology Design Prize 2017 helps us support young designers to work with the public to design innovative new equipment and we value the support of organisations like Designability who can help mentor students on how to bring great ideas to the market.'

During the event Roy O’Shaughnessy, Shaw Trust’s CEO, stressed the benefits of aids and equipment for daily living could not be understated.

Addressing a packed room of distinguished guests, O’Shaughnessy said: ‘Equipment helps reduce the need for social care services - either removing or delaying the need for care or reducing the amount of care required. It reduces the burden on health care services - in terms of avoiding injuries sustained either by individuals or their carers.  It also helps bring improvements in wider outcomes such as quality of life and mental health. ‘

Shortlisting of applications took place on 20 June 2017. The judging panel consisted of staff from both Designability and DLF, as well representatives from industry and assistive technology companies:

  • Tracey Lloyd, Director General of British Healthcare Trades Association
  • Andrew Stevenson, Sales Director of NRS Healthcare
  • Catronia Toms, OT and  Head of Practice Support at Shaw Trust
  • Keir Haines, Senior Product Developer, Designability
  • Ed Mylles, Interim Director, DLF

The successful candidates will be asked to attend an interview shortly where they will be given the opportunity to present their ideas in more depth.

Ed Mylles, DLF’s Interim Director said: 'The continued development of these products will enable people to stay independent for longer, living their lives with dignity and as Alf Morris said, help individuals ‘‘add life to years through practical help’’. '

Notes to editors

The Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living was set up to honour The Rt Hon The Lord Morris of Manchester AO QSO.  Alf Morris, who died in August 2012, was DLF's longest-serving Vice-President, being closely involved with the charity since its inception in 1969.

Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity that has been providing expert and impartial advice on independent living for nearly 50 years. Its mission is to help people live independently at home, with dignity.

DLF’s website, Living Made Easy, helps around two million people a year, by providing a comprehensive database of over 10,000 daily living products from 1,000 national suppliers. Living Made Easy is used predominately by disabled and older people, or their relatives and friends, who are looking for equipment to make everyday tasks easier. 

Our Helpline offers free, impartial advice about mobility products or other types of daily living equipment, information on where you can buy or hire items or details of local organisations that can help you. The lines are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday. 0300 999 0004.

DLF is part of Shaw Trust.

Website: livingmadeeasy.org.uk

For further information (including larger images if required), please contact:
Amanda Shiel, Knowledge Manager
amanda.shiel@dlf.org.uk
Tel: 020 7289 6111 ext 218

Lady Morris at The Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living reception

Ed Mylles, DLF's Interim Director addresses guest at the Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living

 

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1: Roy O'Shaughnessey, Chief Executive Shaw Trust, addresses guests at Speaker's House, Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living reception 2017

2. Lady Morris (centre), at the Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living reception 2017, Speaker's House

3. Ed Mylles, DLF's Interim Director, addresses guests at Speaker's House, Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living reception 2017

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