STILETTO – a high pointed HEEL on a woman’s shoe or a small dagger.
WHEELS – a medieval instrument of torture or a vehicle for personal mobility.
I just read about this site, www.disabledgear.com.
What a great idea ... a consumer market place for disability equipment - with the potential to grow into something really useful.
One of the most annoying things about disability is the difficulty in getting ‘stuff’ you need both from the SS – who have such rigid ideas, budgets, criteria – and through total lack of awareness about what’s out there. The sheer effort of accessing information is excruciatingly time-consuming and always leaves you feeling unsure whether there is still something else that might be just the thing…
You have to factor in the extortionate cost of everything AND, to compound your misery, it is often badly made, ugly and, really, just not what you want to spend your hard earned cash on … especially not so damned much of it!
Worse, even with all the research and advice, it is so easy to make the WRONG, or short term or miscalculated, DECISION (being in uncharted – for you – territory). Aaagh, money down the drain, a useless item and back to the drawing board!
Add to all of this, the difficulty of dealing with an antediluvian industry geared up for the mass purchasing power of a bureaucratic state monopoly. Not only do they not want to deal with the low volume, high hassle demand of individuals, they want to make decisions about what they will provide for you, charge you more AND give you an inferior service!
For a long time, it has seemed to me that the disability industry needed a sharp dose of the increasingly likely shape of their future – that would be servicing, no, not the very nearly flush out of cash, monopoly, state funded, public bodies but the consumer aware, style conscious, self-funded private sector, yes, that’s you and me.
Hopefully, disabledgear.com will be the start of something big. Good luck and best wishes, guys, I am happy to spread the word.