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These are products that may help outside in the garden or allotment. Potting and planting, weeding or seeding!

Ingenious Ideas: Wrist Straps

A customised mobile phone wrist strap

At Living with Disability we’ve been impressed by the work of @touretteshero on Twitter and in the newspapers, battling against prejudice and ignorance. We have been looking at her blog has some pretty interesting and useful gadgets if you have Tourettes Syndrome or in fact a range of conditions which may result in tics such as Myoclonus or Distonia. Some of her ideas could also be considered if you have a stereotypic movement disorder. Today, we’re going to have a look at a simple item which wasn’t designed for those living with disabilities in mind.

A mobile phone wrist strap may seem like a simple invention which helps any mobile phone user keep their phone close at bay and in most senses it is, but reading this great blog post from Tourettes Hero, you can see how useful a wrist strap would be for her situation as it would ensure the phone was safe and accessible whenever it was needed.

There are a huge range of different mobile phone wrist straps out there, as there are with most mobile phone accessories. You can find simple black ones, those that can be adjusted to different lengths and those which keep your phone firmly attached to your wrist. Whichever suits you best is dependent on your own situation and how you access your phone. A wrist strap will ensure it never goes missing or becomes out of reach and you won’t have to worry about it going missing whilst out and about. The wrist strap has been

A Smartphone Wrist Strap

revolutionised as the picture shows, so now even the newest generations of smart phone can be safely secured to your wrist to ensure you have access whenever you need it.

An ingenious idea as Tourettes Hero says and something that you wouldn’t even imagine could be such a help until you look at it in more detail and think how such a simple little thing can be used effectively on a daily basis. There is a huge range available at a range of different prices so you’ll be sure to find one which suits your circumstances. You can even use wrist straps for other gadgets including your camera. Other people might find a wrist strap for walking sticks useful or for an ipod, digital camera or purse.

Thanks Tourettes Hero for this great idea. If you think so too, you might want to look below the comparison table for exciting news about her forthcoming book “Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero”.

 

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title NYLON 13cm WRIST STRAP LANYARD – GREY OP/TECH Cam Strap QD for Compact Cameras and Binoculars – Black Walking Stick Wrist Strap – Corded NEW IPOD NANO 6 SOFT SILICONE FLEXIBLE WRIST WATCH BAND / STRAP for GENERATION 6G 8GB 16GB – BLACK Gossip Girl – Beaded Clutch Evening Prom Clubbing Lipstick Purse Wrist Strap 3 Sizes – BLACK SILVER
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Brand Speed Trade OP/TECH Homecraft Blue Duck Shopper Gossip Girl
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  • Wrist lanyard strap
  • Ideal for small mobile phone ,card readers,camera,mp3, usb sticks
  • Approx length: 13cm (excluding palstic fastening & loop)
  • # Ideal for small cameras and electronics
  • # Fits tight connection area with 1.5mm cord
  • # Mini quick disconnect offers added versatility and convenience
  • # Secures comfortably around wrist
  • # Made in the USA
Title NYLON 13cm WRIST STRAP LANYARD – GREY OP/TECH Cam Strap QD for Compact Cameras and Binoculars – Black Walking Stick Wrist Strap – Corded NEW IPOD NANO 6 SOFT SILICONE FLEXIBLE WRIST WATCH BAND / STRAP for GENERATION 6G 8GB 16GB – BLACK Gossip Girl – Beaded Clutch Evening Prom Clubbing Lipstick Purse Wrist Strap 3 Sizes – BLACK SILVER
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TourettesHero has a new book coming out about a year in her life called “Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero”.

With a forward by no other than Stephen Fry it looks really interesting:

Meet Jess, aka Touretteshero. Jess has Tourettes Syndrome, which means that she makes sounds and movements over which she has no control. Jess swears, she s one of about 10% of people with Tourettes who do. She says biscuit a lot, about 16 times per minute (that s 6 million a year!), and then there are the sometimes life-threatening arm and leg tics… Tourettes can be tough to live with, often bringing out unpleasant behaviour in people who don t understand it, but it can also be inspiring and, above all, funny. Jess s verbal tics are often truly surreal Leisurewear Velociraptor Training Party! , Capital letters talk to themselves at night or If all the hoofed animals could count there wouldn t be a banking crisis. These excerpts from Jess s personal blog follow a year in her life and the whole spectrum of her experiences. We re introduced to her support network of close friends, including Fat Sister, Leftwing Idiot and King Russell, as well as strangers who can be unpredictably helpful or hurtful. Moving, funny, shocking, tender, and inspiring, Jess s words are courageous and optimistic in the face of the major challenges she faces. Welcome to Biscuit Land.

Essential Items: The Handi Reacher

Essential Items: The Handi Reacher

There are many essential items for your daily life which aid independence and help with all those normal daily tasks that may be a struggle at times. One of these items is the Handi Reacher, a great but simple invention which can help with reaching and grabbing things you may need. This tweeter puts across exactly what their Handi Reacher means to them:

@ Mine'd be my long handled grabby thing. I don't know what else to call it, but good for short arses like me! #disabilitygadgets
@Juniorc0
Paul Carter

Handi Reachers come in a range of different lengths and can be used for all manner of things from picking up your glasses when you drop them on the floor, to reaching out of reach books or DVDs. The original Handi Reacher is also designed with a magnetic head which can pick up small metallic items, for example your keys or a knork and you can actually buy dressing hooks to attach to your Reacher if you need an extra helping hand when getting dressed.

A Handi Reacher in action

The jaw of the Handi Reacher is extremely easy to open and close and doesn’t need a huge amount of pressure which is great if you have dexterity problems and it the jaw can also be rotated 360º which stops you from having to turn your wrists which is extremely beneficial if you have a joint condition.

You can use your Handi Reacher in the home, in the garden or even out and about. It’s a versatile and intuitively designed product which is great for helping around the home but can also be great for garden usage. If you want to pick up loose leaves or waste for your yard, you no longer need to ask for help as your Handi Reacher can be your aid.

There are a range of different reacher brands on the market and finding the one which suits your need is a personal decision. This video shows the range of reachers available from one particular brand:

 If you are interested in see the full  range of handi reachers and grabbers available please click the box