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Disability Grants News - March 2020 Self Isolation Resources
March 28, 2020

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of Disability Grants News.

I hope this Newsletter finds you in good health and you are receiving the support you need. 

Many with a disability are used to hunkering down and cancelling social events when ill.

As a result, we all have our own strategies for adapting to our changing health needs.

This experience is going to give us the resilience to maintain social distancing and isolation.

To help you through this current health crisis we are focusing this month on resources to support you at home.

 


Grant News

There are many updates on the Disability Grants website – too many to mention! And extra pages have been created to help with your search. 

The good news is charities are still issuing grants. 

However, long term charities may need to reduce services.

As vital income will be lost with the closure of charity shops and the cancellation of fundraising events.

Help is available to charities through:

This will hopefully help charities continue their essential work.



Support

Most communities have now set up support groups to help anyone in self isolation.  This may include shopping for food and collecting prescriptions from the chemist.

The Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK supports local community groups organising mutual aid.  It provides resources and connects people to their local group.

Support is also available through a Government Register.  It is free to register if you have a medical condition that makes you vulnerable to the virus.

This is for England with separate guidance for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.



Resources

Over the next month we will be publishing more resources to support you at home in our new section Self Isolation Activities.

There are currently three new pages packed with ideas of things to do and resources for home schooling ideas.


Animal and Aquarium Web Cams



iPad Apps for SEN and Adults with Learning Difficulties



Home Education Resources



More Resources!

  • Audible have made hundreds of stories free to download for as long as the schools are closed

 

  • Unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia and other disabilities are available from the Calibre Audio Library.

 

 

  • Clearvision provide free braille (or moon – an alternative to braille), print and picture book via a postal lending library.

 

  • Talking Books for the visually impaired and Listening Books both offer subscriptions to their audio book service. (We have used both and they are excellent)

 

  • Living Paintings is a free library of tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people.  It operates a free postal library of "touch to see" books with titles suitable for children and adults.

 

  • Discounted e-books are provided by Amazon.  Every day Amazon unveils a book deal at a discounted price.  The deals go live at midnight and continue to 11.59pm on the same day.  You can subscribe to receive a daily email to make sure you don't miss any offers.

 

  • Don't worry if you haven't got a Kindle - you can download "Kindle for the PC" free so you can read the e-books on your computer. We've tried it and it works!

 

 



Please don't forget that Disability Grants is a shared resource where everyone helps each other..... So, do participate and share your knowledge and experiences.

Help and Be Helped

All the best

Julia Tyrrell

Founder of Disability Grants


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