I am very excited that NAIDEX have asked me to return again in April to give a seminar about disability dating. This is really exciting for me and it gives me a great excuse to go up to Birmingham and meet up with all my friends and contacts in the uK disability sector. I will be making a huge effort to present some great seminar material at the show so I do hope that some of you will attend. We had a good turnout in 2017 and most of the participants had a great laugh. The organisers of the NAIDEX show seem very keen to bring the social aspects of disability into the show which is a great improvement over the old system where everything seemed geared towards the latest equipment and nothing very human.
I will probably be based at the disability horizons stand with my great chum the amazing Martyn Sibley so if you are visiting the show you can leave a message for me with his team.
Just to bring you up to speed with disabilitymatch, we tend to chat to our community on Facebook and Twitter these days but now and then I like to keep this little blog going. If you are not following us on facebook then you should, we post regularly and try to bring you lots of interesting disability news. We tweet most days and I am just working on our Spring Podcast. I hope to have the podcast out in the next few weeks.
So, this was just to alert you on NAIDEX and I do hope that you will attend my seminar and have a chat with me.
We seem to have more and more members joining the site who are on the autistic spectrum. This is great since, by definition, these are the very members of the disabled community who need help in navigating the tricky dating footpath. So I was very excited when the leading autism resource ambitiousaboutautism to contribute an article about dating and autism. I would encourage you to read it and share it with your friends and anyone who you feel might benefit from my comments.
I write for a quite a few of the main disability sites and if you check out the latest print version of Posability magazine you will find a piece from me on disabled holidays. The article will appear in online format very soon. I will then tweet it out and mention it her on the blog. I am just editing our next podcast which has same great stuff on it and I will be writing to you when it is ready to download.
The NAIDEX show is coming and I am a speaker which is very exciting for me as I have never given a seminar at an exhibition before. Anyway it is always fun to try new things. The organisers seem to have confidence in me as they have asked me to do 2 slots, Tuesday and Thursday.
I always enjoy the NAIDEX show and it is great fun to try out the latest mobility scooters and race around the exhibition hall on them. I will be spending my quieter moments on the disabilityhorizons stand so if you are looking for me then that is where to leave me a message. I would be so happy to meet any of my blog readers at the show, I might even offer you a cup of coffee. We have our new podcast due to be ready next week and it has some great interviews.
This year finished for me on a high note after a period of ill health and a bit of surgery. I decided to go off to Majorca, Spain to recuperate and rest and whilst I was there I had the great pleasure of meeting up with our dear friend Martyn Sibley from disability horizons who was attending a Handisport conference to promote accessibility for the disabled. When i saw Martyn he confided in me that he had been voted as the 3rd most influential disabled person in the UK. This is an honour he truly deserves. Nobody has done more for campaigning on accessible travel and normalising disability in our country.
My next trip is to other side of Europe – up north in Finland where i have many friends and family. Funnily enough a really cool video promoting a Finnish dating site just passed across my desk and frankly it is so much better than the usual cheaply presented dating videos from Finland which is the poor man of dating promotions in Europe.
I enjoy looking at how other niche dating sites promote their offers and this offering from flirttideitti.fi is visually very nice indeed. OK. that was a ‘shout out’ now back to disabilitymatch which has been adding new members at a rate of knots. I have also been delighted at just how well our podcast has been doing. we have had hundreds of downloads for our episodes and, not just in the UK. We have podcast subscribers in Canada and Australia and we get social media coverage for the podcast all around the world.
I do recommend that you follow me on twitter @disabilitymatch where I tweet every day about things that are happening in the world of disability and in the wider worls of medical innovations. Finally we have rebuilt our store http://shop.disabilitymatch.co.uk and we are starting to get orders. We will be giving 15% of our shop profits to disability charities so if you need to buy a wheelchair or a disabled bed or a commode and many other things do buy from us because we will donate profits to a good cause.
Well, we have just been through an incredible 16 days of Olympic excitement in RIO. I have been glue to my sofa every night watching niche sports into the early hours on BBC. I had never shown any interest before in women’s hockey events BUT when we have a Team GB match with medals at the end of it then it takes on a whole new dimension. I guess that is the whole point of the Olympic games – it makes us aware of sports we might never otherwise watch and so we learn and get engaged emotionally with the result.
Hopefully the Paralympics will be the same. In London 2012 we all watched with fascination at blind football and wheelchair archery, we all discovered a whole new group of athletic heroes. This has had a longterm effect on the disabled community. Not just a sense of pride but an increased desire to participate and get fitter. Not everyone can be an ‘Olympic’ athlete but all people disabled and fully able can improve their physical activity, health, flexibility and spirit of achievement. We are worried, of course, about how the Rio Paralympic games will turn out. There are money worries and some countries will not have the funding to travel to the games. The Russian drugs ban will remove a large swathe of great olympic talent which will affect a whole range of sports. Already the Brazilian organisers have warned of low ticket sales and closing venues. This is a real pity since the Brazilian squad are rated quite highly within the Paralympic movement.
We have interviewed Michelle Weltman, events organiser the London Marathon on our upcoming podcast episode and she tells us which UK athletes we should be looking out for and cheering on from our sofas. In 2012 Channel 4 did a great job on presenting the Paralympics, hopefully their presentation in RIO this year will be at the same level at excellence.
Very happy to announce that the latest episode of our disabilitymatch podcast is ready for free download. To enjoy this broadcast click here to download. We have interviews with an autistic film maker, a adventure holiday centre for the disabled and a fun chat with ‘sexpert’ Robin.
The podcast is unique in its regular coverage of disabled living issues in the UK. We have hundreds of downloads every month. You can subscribe at iTunes or any of the main podcast download sites. We really appreciate it if you share our podcast link on Twitter/Facebook and all your regular social media. Our podcast is a free service designed for the disabilitymatch dating community.
Just a reminder that Valentine’s Day is coming soon so get active on the site and start flirting to find a date for Valentines.
Within the disabled community there has always been an interest in the ‘bizarre’ sex-wise as anyone who has ever attended the ‘Night of the senses’ or the ‘Sex Maniacs Ball’ as it used to be that is run by the Outsiders charity. Truly I have never seen so many interesting deviations from the so-called sexual norm in my life. So I was delighted when a really cool ‘grunge-style’ video crossed my inbox produced by a fetish dating site – fetishwombat.com – which is graphically striking and has a compelling musical soundtrack.
I love the outfits and the whole spirit of the video. I have been talking recently with our Sexpert Robin on our podcast to discuss more about disability and fetish since we had excellent feedback when she talked about amputee pretenders in a recent podcast episode. I must ask her to do more on the subject.
Our latest podcast is ready for fee download from the podcast.disabilitymatch.co.uk site or from iTunes or most other podcast platforms. We hope you enjoy it. If you have 40minutes to while away then this is the podcast for you. It is an upbeat discussion on a variety of disability issues and our guests are shown in the video above.