Make A Difference Day - What can you do?

27th October

Today is Make a Difference Day, people can make a difference to Bobath Scotland in all kinds of ways. This year, we're asking you to make a difference in a different way. Blogger Bernie tells us how you could make a difference every day.

We want to raise awareness today about how you can make a difference to people with additional support needs every day and not just by volunteering. Here are some ways that you can make a difference-

Speech- People who have difficulties with their speech communicate in alternative ways by using devices or communication boards, not everyone realises that these aids are used to assist people to communicate. People assume the device is a tablet and they don’t know that it is actually used as someone’s voice. You should always give people who use AAC devices time to say what they want to say and you should never interrupt somebody as they are preparing what they are going to say.

Wheelchairs- People use wheelchairs for their mobility due to having difficulties with their walking or maintaining their walking. People tend to talk to the person who is with the wheelchair user instead of directly speaking to the wheelchair user… people who use wheelchairs are no different from people who are able to walk, it is just moving around in a different way. You should never walk in front of a wheelchair, if you are in a hurry. You should pay attention to those who are around you and don’t be looking down using your phone while you are walking as you could bump into someone.

Parking- People who have blue badges due to having a disability are entitled to park in disabled bays located in shopping centres etc. The parking bays are very limited so if you park in one just because you want to be nearer the door, you are taking away a space that someone else really needs. Disabled bays are there for a reason and they shouldn’t be misused. Wheelchair accessible vehicles need a good amount of space behind them to allow the wheelchair ramp to come down so that the wheelchair user can get out. People park really close to accessible vehicles and then carers have to either pull out of the space to let the wheelchair user in or out.