CHALLENGES OF BEING DISABLED

The show was praised for its inclusion of disabled people, especially for an industry that is often criticised for its lack of diversity.
Adapting your Home
Moving house and remodeling a property are significant challenges for anyone. It is expensive, can be a drawn out process, and is incredibly disruptive to your daily life! Now imagine having to do all that with a disability. The costs will be even more because it is likely you need specialist equipment and design. Because you have different physical needs, it tends to take a lot longer to find services and choose the right companies to work with. And, having people working in your home while you are trying to get by on a daily basis can be incredibly difficult. In short, there are a lot of hurdles - but none of them are insurmountable. Here are a few tips that might help you find making changes to your living space a lot easier.
Jack Eyers was the world's first male amputee to walk on the NYFW catwalk.
Make a list!
If you aren’t a lover of making lists, it’s time to embrace the practice! It’s important to outline all your challenges and rank them in order of importance. Many people will start with the stairs and steps, of course, so look into ways of ramping, removing or adapting them to your needs. If stairs are just not an option, consider looking into home elevator cost. It might not be as much as you think, and you might be able to apply for an award or grant from your state. There are other areas you need to consider, too. Low-sitting seats and cupboards might be a big help and think about durable, smooth flooring, too. Don’t forget to include installation of any assistive technology that you might need.


Find the money!
Let’s face it; not everyone can afford to adapt their homes to their exact needs. However, there are plenty of resources and organizations out there that can help. Try reaching out to your local Independent Living Center or Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Department of Veterans Affairs is another option if you have served in the forces. You should also try the USDA’s Single Family Housing Repair program. They give loans to low-income homeowners to improve and modernize homes.
The show was in partnership with Fondazione Vertical, an Italian research foundation for spinal cord injuries.
Hire an expert!
You might have a wonderful vision of how your home will look after you make the adaptations. But, without an excellent remodeler on board with the project, you aren’t going to make it happen. The good news is there are plenty of companies out there who specialize in disability remodeling. The ideal firm will tend to have people who are Universal Design Certified Professionals. Looking for one of these people is a great way to start your search. Always spend some time exploring your options to ensure you hire the right people. Redesign projects can take a long time, and you will need to have a trusting and friendly relationship. Don’t sign any contracts until you are 100% happy with your choice.

OK, so I hope this little guide has given you some valuable info on adapting your home. There is help available, and it’s important to explore all these avenues. A few hundred dollars here and there can make a positive difference to your physical challenges - so take a look around and see what you can find. And, let me know how you get on!

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3 Essentials Every Summer Garden Party Needs

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There’s still plenty of time throw a fabulous garden party this summer. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the amazing weather outside and spend time with your loved ones. You can play games, share stories and relish all of the delicious summer food and drink on offer. But if you’ve never planned a garden party before, you may not know how to get started. To help make your party the best it can be, here are three essential things you need to get right.
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FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Food can make or break a garden party, so it’s vital that you get it right. Plan in advance and do a trial run of all your food before the date of your party. You can create a picnic-style feast with sandwiches and finger food. BBQ buffets are also a popular choice for garden parties. A traditional cream tea with scones, cakes, and tea might be another option you want to consider. Vintage china ⎟ Suburbanite Photography⎟ see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2015/09/southern-garden-affair/:
You will also need to make a music playlist and organize games to provide entertainment at your party. Look online to see if you can make carnival games like hook a duck or coconut shy. You might also want to consider buying giant Jenga or Noughts and Crosses for your party too.
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DECORATIONS
Even though your garden is bound to be full of colourful plants and flowers, some additional decorations can make a big difference. You can create garlands using artificial flowers which you can then hang onto your fence panels or above your entranceways. Bunting can also be used for an authentic vintage feel. Another idea is to hang paper pom poms from your trees to enhance their beauty even more. Use tablecloths to protect your furniture but also to add colour and interest. You can use large vases or small jam jars to display bouquets of flowers to make your tables look beautiful too. Wow!  You could do something like this with Martha Stewart Craft Pom Poms! #zorattoent #partydecorations  www.zorattoent.com.au:
Vibrantly patterned or coloured plates and glassware can also be used as decorative features for your garden party. Other functional and decoration pieces include blankets, cushions and deck chairs. Display these around your garden so they look as appealing as possible for your guests to use.
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LIGHTING Your garden party shouldn’t have to stop because the sun has gone down. Take advantage of the warm summer nights by filling your garden with mood lighting. This will allow the fun of your party to continue into the early hours and make your guest feel more comfortable. Lighting can also transform the look of your garden making it look bigger and more relaxing.
You could wrap fairy or rope lights around your garden’s trees or put candles into tin cans and jam jars. Lanterns and teacup candles are other possibilities. Think carefully about your outdoor space and which areas will require the most light. If you’re still unsure about what you could use visit a lighting retailer online or in store for ideas and inspiration.
A Homemade Back Garden Wedding: Philip & Katie-Jane:
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With these essentials covered, everything else will fall into place and make your party a complete success. The sun is bound to make an appearance when you’ve got such a wonderful event planned. So sit back, relax and enjoy every second.
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BLOG & GRAPHIC FREEBIES

Beautiful life text added to a crysanthemum
 You know how I love to play around with graphics!
Well I have played around with some from pixel scrapper lately and come up with these to add to your scrapbooking pages or to your blogs...you know, to pretty them up a bit.
 
pretty wreath and bike blog bling
I hope you like them and can use them in your designs.

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Just right click on them and save to your picture files.

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And if you like them or want to create lovely designs like these, head on over to PS and join up!
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Have a great day my lovely peeps.


doodle frame with flowers

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY GARDEN

 

Hello again my lovelies...sorry I have not been around for a little while...life is sure busy at the moment...but I thought i would take some time out and show you my garden.



I have been lucky enough to now own a large patch of laid to lawn with a paving slab patio and a 4" x 6" garden shed...I have been happily planting bedding plants in the borders, as you can see above! and they are coming up a treat!

I got them in Dobbies...this is a brilliant garden centre, just around the corner to me.  At the time of purchasing, they had just been sold by Tesco's and they had a Grand Sale....I bought loads of them for 50p each tray...Bargain of the Century!




In the far left hand corner...I have what I call No Man's Land! and in it grows 'This' (above) any ideas what it is? I know its some kind of fern, but not sure which!

I also have a mix of stinging nettles and a bit of bindweed...but it is all confined to that area at the moment! I am not letting that lil' monster grow anywhere else...I have my Roundup at the ready!

There is also a Russian Vine on the back fence down there...which although is growing like wildfire...I quite like it as a fence covering.
 


So here is a picture of my little bedding plants when I first planted them...I will be the first to admit that I planted some of them a bit too close to the lawn edge...but you live and you learn don't you!

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Above is No-Man's land! with little Max having a sniff!


This tree I inherited ... any ideas what it could be?


Oh and I nearly forgot...I bought this climbing rose in Wilko...It was reduced to £1.00 so I planted it along with some feed and a special powder that my Mother-in-Law gave to me and as you can see it has started to grow!

I am falling in love with gardening all over again...it's just so amazing that you can put something in the ground and watch it grow into something beautiful!...Nature is so wonderful don't you think!
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