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The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is working with specialist events company Promoting Independence to deliver a series of four one-hour webinars focussing on major adaptations.

Promoting Independence runs the popular Occupational Therapy Adaptations Conference (OTAC), which is the only free adaptations and equipment-based conference for occupational therapists in the UK.

Featuring DLF Trainers and leading occupational therapy practitioners in adaptations, the new talks from DLF and Promoting Independence are based on DLF’s level five ‘Home Adaptations for Professionals’ course.

The first webinar, ‘Practical Assessment for Home Adaptations: Kitchen design’, will be presented by Marney Walker and will take place on Friday 18th December at 1pm.

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Marney is an independent OT with over 25 years’ experience, specialising in inclusive design and accessible housing. With expertise in the impact of the environment on health and wellbeing, she is currently a PhD candidate on the 100 Year Life and the Future Home project at Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University, researching visual aesthetic preferences in people living with dementia.

The webinar will provide pointers on assessing the person and their needs and measuring for seated, standing and wheelchair users. It will consider the kitchen environment along with planning considerations.

The material is based on the one-day kitchen module from the DLF’s level five adaptations course and will provide a great introduction or refresher on adapting kitchens, depending on the delegate’s background.

People can register for the webinar here 

Future talks will include: one on bathrooms presented by Louise Powell, a talk on access solutions by Claire Miller, and one on multi-levels presented by Cathrine Ruston.

To find out more about DLF’s training programme, phone the DLF Team on 0300 123 3084 or email enquiries@dlf.org.uk.

Recently, the EquipU Community Equipment Partnership and the DLF launched a joint version of the free online AskSARA self-assessment tool for 2.46 million residents across Scotland.

AskSARA is a free-to-use guided advice tool, which sees users choose a topic, answer a series of questions and get tailored advice to their needs. The impartial advice is written by qualified occupational therapists (OTs) about suitable aids and adaptations for over ninety topics of daily living.

By using AskSARA, individuals are able to identify appropriate assistive technology solutions to meet their needs. AskSARA links to over 10,000 products for daily living listed in the DLF’s Living Made Easy marketplace, many of which can be immediately purchased from online retailers and delivered to their door.

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