It is while since I have blogged on this site. Most of my activity has been on Facebook/Twitter and youtube recently. But now and then i like to add some posts here. One of the things that has bought me great pleasure recently is the introduction of emojis for the disabled community.
The introduction of image-based characters such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and guide dogs will help redress the underrepresentation of disabled people on the emoji keyboard, while there will also be a wider range of mixed-gender and ethnicity couples for users to choose from.
Disability rights campaigners welcomed the new accessibility-themed icons. “Love them or hate them – emojis have become part of our everyday digital lives,” said Phil Talbot, the head of communications at disability equality charity Scope. “Social media is hugely influential and it’s great to see these new disability-inclusive emojis. Up to now disability has been greatly underrepresented.”
I have chatted about these emojis with several friends in the disabled world and reactions have generally been positive. For me, personally, the hearing aid emoji is very handy as I have a hearing problem and sometimes wish to express it graphically from my phone. Also I can easily reference wheelchairs and guide dogs from the emoji list which is very cool.
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.
I have just finished putting together my talk for the NAIDEX show. I am giving 2 seminars at the show, one on Tuesday and the second on Thursday. I never knew so much work went into doing a powerpoint show – its the first time I’ve used presentation systems. In the past I always spoke with a flip chart but n ow its gone all high tech and I am using a laptop and a wireless pointer.
I found a friend who was pretty good at preparing thee sorts of slide show and I gave her my script and she worked it into something that looks really good. I hope you will come along and enjoy it yourselves at the show. I will be explaining how members of an online disabled dating site can get the best out of their membership and how to create a profile that gets results. I expect most of the seminar will be dedicated to Q&A and I will also be available after the presentation to give personal guidance and advice to any visitors.
This is a great opportunity to put a ‘Zing’ in your dating skills so don’t miss my talks.
I am sure most members of disabilitymatch realise that the site is optimised for all mobile platforms – phone/pad etc and you can date and flirt wherever you are as long as you have a signal for you favourite device. Here is a short video I made to remind you about our mobile version of the #1 disabled dating site in the UK.
I hope you like the video it has some fancy animation that took a lot of work to create.
Have fun dating with valentine’s Day just around the corner.
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.
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.
Very happy that we have released our 3rd podcast episode! I am getting into the flow of things now, also we are getting great guests agreeing to be interviwed because they like our style. We are upbeat and communicative. Anyway you judge for yourselves
We have almost 100 downloads on our first day and we have high hopes of reaching 300 downloads by the end of the week. We have great guests on the show and our twitter following is amazingly supportive. We depend on you to share our podcast links and help get it widely known on all social media. Disabilitymatch is a vibrant community and we are thrilled to be able to help you get the most from it.
Andiamo is a start up creating healthcare solutions for disabled children, with a mission to see no child ever having to wait more than one week to receive a medical device.
They are working to combine 3D scanning, printing and bio-mechanical models to create orthotics for children with a range of impairments from cereal palsy, spina bifida or spinal injuries, to strokes and the side effects of chemotherapy.
Naveed and Samiya Parvez are parents from London whose son, Diamo, was born with cereal palsy. They are also the founders of Andiamo.
Having been through the orthotics system with Diamo, so they know firsthand the discomfort and hassle involved in being measured and fitted for a new back ace. The process currently involves the child having to lie still for an hour to have a plaster of Paris cast made before waiting up to 28 weeks for the new orthotic to be made.
We all know how children can grow out of shoes and clothes in a matter of weeks, so it’s no surprise that by the time many children receive their orthosis months later they no longer fit. The current system is not only old fashioned but also painful, slow and expensive.
I must say how impressed I am with the video Scope have released showing disabled couples getting frisky.
Sex is a wonderful thing for all of us and we all enjoy it in different ways. I know how wonderful I feel when I go to the Erotic Awards event – Night of the SEnses’ and see the variety of delicious sexualities being acted out by folk with all ranges of disability. This is why I am so proud to be running disabilitymatch which helps so many UK daters look beyond the disability and enjoy the person.