As the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) gets underway on 17 May, far too many people living with hidden disabilities, including Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) still struggle to access the services many of us take for granted. However, this is not to say there is no cause for cautious optimism.
GAAD is about digital accessibility and this field can improve the lives of many with different disabilities. The British Polio Fellowship has taken General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as an opportunity to re-engage with our 8,000 members and bring them with us into embracing the advantages of technology. Delivering better access to support services and opening up a world of help available in the local community is one way digital accessibility can help and is increasingly important when so many of us are lonely. Since 1939, we have had branches and groups throughout the country and while these are still going strong, it is telling our online forum now represents our largest ‘virtual’ branch.
Digital represents an opportunity to explore the art of the possible and ahead of our 80th anniversary in 2019, we want to show our members and the 120,000 people in the UK living with PPS that technology puts our support on living an independent life just the touch of a button away. Anyone who needs The British Polio Fellowship’s help can visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship