aid4disabled logoI am Patrick and I have Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. My first symptoms happened in or around 1979, and I was diagnosed with SPMS in 1995.

I am disabled to the extent that I can not walk unaided, my balance is squiffy, I have foot drop plus a number of other MS related problems. I think it would be fair to say I’m now definitely not quite the man I once was.

At the beginning of February my website was born. Its aim is to provide information for people who are disabled but yearn for more independence and want to find a way to improve the quality of their life.

Just recently, I came across the following quote in an article on the BBC website:

“People with disabilities don’t need pity instead a better understanding would be a start.”

Often a person in a wheelchair will find it difficult to have a conversation with an able bodied person unless they are sitting in a chair. People prefer to converse with other people who are at the same height. There are so many people who do not understand that.

Last summer I was talking to a colleague and happened to mentioned an idea I’d been mulling over for the previous few weeks. He told me to buy the domain names and develop the ideas.

The aim of the website is to give disabled people quick and easy access to information that would help them become more self reliant, improve their quality of life and give them a way to share their knowledge and experience with others. Initially the website concentrates on MSers because I am a MSer.

The website was started on 1st February 2012, it is still a bit of a rough diamond but getting more polished with time. I want the website to give people with physical disabilities opportunities to improve the quality of their life.

There are so many young people whose lives are seriously affected by conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and it is important that our society, whenever possible, sees them in the same way it sees able-bodied people.

Items are designed to make life easier for disabled people, even so there is still so much that makes life difficult for them.

How many restaurants, or pubs still have steps to negotiate if you want to get to the loo? How many railway stations have steps between the platform and the street but no lift? Things are changing for the better but it is a slow process.

Patrick Burke - founder of aid4disabledThe website identifies information in the public domain that is essential reading and enables you to save significant amounts of money. It identifies household items that are not marketed as being suitable for the disabled but make their life so much easier. It can be used for blogging and to find out about useful products. In many cases I have ‘been there and done that’ and I hope my advice is helpful.

I’m also looking for articles from people who have something interesting to say about disabilities and how to overcome them. I stumbled upon so many things quite by chance the website is an opportunity to find out what is available.

I can talk about some of these items enthusiastically because I use them and they do make my life easier. Some are very functional others provide enjoyment.

You will be able to buy items through the website, leave comments or just rate how useful or otherwise you found them to be.

Even now I’m still surprised at how unbelievably simple some of the items are. For example something that takes the skin off a clove of garlic by rubbing it in a silicone tube is shown on the website. It ideal for someone who is cackhanded.

I’m very passionate about the website and what it is trying to do. I hope you will visit and by using it discover ways that help you maintain a greater degree of independence. Feel free to leave a message or to contact me.

What now?

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    • Sorry about taking so long to get back to you.
      Before giving out my phone number could you outline the sort of thing you want to talk about? Do you live in the UK? Do you have MS, if so what type?
      Look forward to hearing from you.