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Government and industry continue to back DLF’s plans

30th July 2008

More leading companies in the Assistive Technology (AT) industry have come together to support the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)’s plans to create an impartial web-based advice and information portal on community equipment. In addition, Government has announced new funding for DLF to produce a website for families with disabled children.

The latest companies to sign up to support DLF’s groundbreaking plan to make all its data freely available on the internet are Theraposture, Kirton Healthcare and Days Healthcare. They have joined Nottingham Rehab Supplies, Tunstall, Mangar International, Mountway, ARJO, Kingkraft, Liko and AKW MediCare as principal sponsors in DLF’s new website ‘Living made easy’, which will be launched this Autumn. This website builds on DLF’s ‘Bathing made easy’ and ‘Telecare made easy’ websites and will provide much-needed trusted information on daily living equipment. Theraposture is specifically sponsoring the beds section of the new site, while Kirton will be sponsoring the chairs section.

In addition, the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has recognised DLF’s expertise by funding DLF to create a new website for children’s equipment.

Nicole Penn-Symons, DLF's Chief Executive, says “The fact that both Government Departments and leading companies in the AT industry have recognised DLF’s expertise in providing advice and information on equipment is most gratifying. We hope that many other companies will recognise the importance of DLF’s work and join our growing band of supporters.”

Liam Braddell, Sales Director, Theraposture says “Theraposture Ltd has been a key supporter of DLF for many, many years. Our substantial support of ‘Living made easy’ will enable DLF to develop an invaluable resource that will benefit both healthcare professionals and equipment users to find suitable companies, equipment and services”.

Beverly Wharton, Marketing Director at Kirton says “"Kirton are delighted to be working alongside DLF in developing this pioneering approach to the provision of information. Improving accessibility to credible, impartial information on products, services and equipment can in turn only improve the choices and assist in the decision making process for users.”

“Days Healthcare are extremely pleased to support the development of this essential service provided by DLF. It is fast becoming an invaluable resource that gives access to a wide range of products and services. The dissemination of information for assistive technology will be extremely beneficial to all concerned.” said Clive McCoy, Group Business Director, Days Healthcare UK Ltd.

Further information and images

Please contact Hugh Dobie, Marketing Officer, Disabled Living Foundation on tel 020 7289 6111 ext 211 or email hugh.dobie@dlf.org.uk

Notes for editors

DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.

DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from DLF's Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.

DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:

  • ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
  • Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
  • AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.

Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions.





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