This could cover the daily running costs of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Enabling mobility means easier access and the ability to participate and make connections in their community.
This could help to purchase specialist equipment like the theracycle, an exercise bicycle designed for those with movement disorders that helps to build muscle strength after a stroke or other brain injury.
This could pay for an Alexa device used to increase independence through voice-activated instruction to listen to music, radio and audiobooks.
This couple, who have been together since 2007, first met on New Year’s Eve at a holiday home for disabled people.
They are separated by many miles - Ness lives at Livability York House in West Yorkshire and Stevie is in Cambridge - so most days they text and talk on the phone.
Long-distance relationships can be challenging for any couple. Add in the barriers that disabled people can face, with transport, health and finance, and keeping a relationship alive can be a challenge. Livability’s disability services put individuals’ wellbeing and happiness as top priority, so for York House staff, making sure Ness and Stevie can meet up is essential.
For this couple, that means being together whenever they can. With Livability’s support, Stevie visits Ness four times a year; at Christmas, Easter, during the summer and for his birthday in October.
Together they are well-known at the local pub - they go bowling, chat, look at family pictures, watch a DVD or just take the mickey out of each other!
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