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DLF for Professionals May 2020

Welcome to our new mobile-responsive AskSARA

After several months of intensive development work involving both software and marketing specialists our new AskSARA is here!

Moving on from AT Dementia

The DLF and Trent DSDC today announce the transfer of their AT Dementia information website to the DLF marking the end of the joint arrangement that was established in 2007. The original development project was co-funded by the partners to set up a new and important resource for the public and professionals looking for guided advice on equipment that could help with dementia.

DLF for Professionals April 2020

DLF Training announces remotely-delivered Trusted Assessor course

Given the current government guidelines on social distancing DLF Training has paused all face-to-face training however we recognise that there is an urgent need for staff to feel competent in assessment skills to enable discharges to happen safely and quickly. In response to this need and for a limited time DLF will be offering its popular Trusted Assessor: Assessing for Minor Adaptations as a virtual course.

DLF for Professionals March 2020

DLF for Professionals

Calling all suppliers

DLF is asking all suppliers offering delivery to people's homes to ensure their product listings are up-to-date as a matter of urgency. The DLF Data Services team have stopped work on all other projects to prioritise keeping product details current. We will be contacting the largest suppliers this week to work together to keep their information fresh.

DLF is recruiting freelance trainers and writers

DLF Training is looking for Trainers and writers to assist to with their extensive range of training courses.

Recognising the role of informal carers - a new DLF initiative

As a society, we are slowly recognising the vital role that informal carers play in society.

In the week that NHS Digital released figures that show a decline in support by local authorities Carers UK’s Chief Executive commented “Appallingly, this is the fifth consecutive year we’ve seen fewer carers in England supported by their local authority, with 22% fewer supported or assessed this year compared to 5 years ago.’’ To view the full article click here

Time to prioritise a trusted formula?

Changing demographics and increasing budget pressures are dictating the need for better partnership working between housing, health and social care. Smarter ways of working are essential to ensure better outcomes for service users and to alleviate the daily pressures facing health and social care professionals. Occupational therapists (OTs) are among those most affected by increasing caseloads and limited resources.

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, joined forces with Shaw Trust in 2014.

The merger created new opportunities for both organisations and has seen the development of DLF’s essential information, advice and training. For Shaw Trust it has enabled 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.

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