A Social Enterprise To Enhance the Lives Of the Disabled Community
Mission: To Enable Ordinary Disabled Lives To Be Extraordinary
Disability Today is about providing opportunities, news and information to a community often left behind. A community that can be difficult to reach, and in many cases don’t know about the support that is available to them. Our goal is to bring together this community and provide the facilities to read and communicate with the world around them. Enjoy new experiences and learn about what is available to them.
A platform to provide access to products, services and organisations. Letting the individual make more informed choices and giving them the knowledge and ability to live more connected lives. By providing the latest technology available, we can offer text to audio, voice recognition, subtitled video and much more, and allow our readers access to information not easily available to them before.
We will give opportunities for the disabled to go out and report on events happening around them, creating their own news stories and inspiring others. Giving a voice to a community that often isn’t or can’t be heard, and enabling an ordinary disabled life to be extraordinary.
The opportunity to grow is huge; Disability Today can be a place where people come to have new experiences, learn about research, discover new products and help them build confidence to get more from their lives. An environment where we become the provider and source. It’s not about cornering a market; it’s about shouting from the rooftops about what everyone is doing to help this community.
The funding Disability Today requires is for three main areas of development.
Firstly software, we can bring accessibility tools to our website and be the first to provide this access to worldwide news all in one place. We want disabled journalists to blog, charities to post and organisations to be able to get their message out to a wider audience
Secondly we will provide support for individuals to become reporters and attend events happening in their local areas. Helping individuals to go out and explore a world they thought was unavailable to them. This will also help to bring consumers and organisations together and help the community to grow further.
Thirdly is the enterprise, where we can create revenue and assist the disabled community at the same time. By providing this platform for organisations, they can promote their activities, services and products in our online directory, helping them to reach further and benefit a larger group of people. Statistics show that sales of disability equipment in the UK have increased by 92% over the last 10 years.
Internet users are set to double over the next 5 to 10 years from 2.7 billion to five billion, and more than 10% of that figure could be the disabled community. We have the technology and the ability to make this happen, giving opportunities to develop skills and confidence to go out and make better lives for themselves. Through my own personal experience I have heard too many times “I wish I’d known about that” And this is what I want to help change.
About This Project
Disability Today started in 2015 when I realised the need for a place to inform and provide opportunities for the disabled, and a platform for organisations to spread their message to a wider and targeted audience. A source of news and information, both locally and internationally.
One of the significant challenges is access to the Internet, many in the disabled community simply cannot type on a keyboard, and technological solutions are now available but are currently not used by most mainstream outlets. We can provide this on Disability Today’s website.
Disability as a whole now receives much more positive coverage from the main stream media, and with the success of events such as the Paralympics, and having disabled journalists and presenters getting increased exposure, the time has never been better to continue raising this awareness and providing more opportunities for the individual to excel. We can bridge the gap between what is available and that information reaching that target audience.
This will be the first website of its kind. It is about empowering a community to get more from their lives and create opportunities to deliver change.
Phase 1: Raise £10,000
Phase 2: Raise £20,000
Phase 3: Our long term goals
The Internet and social media now give us the tools to live better-connected lives. I want to make sure the disabled community are included in that.
I never want to hear these words again “I wish I’d known about that”
Words of Encouragement
I know your site – and visit often to check out what’s new with disability! Lee Perry
I love the concept you have started and look forward to contributing soon. Matt Feeny
Disability Today is an impressive endeavor! Jeanne Allen
Love your website! Bridget Churchill
I think the website is a great idea and I was very impressed with your inspiring personal story Christian Dunnage
Thanks for connecting with me and sharing your story. I have looked at the web site and think it is terrific in what you are doing. David Best
First of all, just to say that I wish you the very best of luck with your new venture; it's a great idea and will be a real inspiration to many people, I'm sure.. NIK demetriades
Yours is such a wonderful platform for disability awareness and lifestyle. Jamie Bedford
Had a look at the website and personal stories section and it looks great. Excellent stories, easy to view and straight to the point. Kurt Reed
I’ve read a few of the personal stories on your website & bravo! It’s an excellent idea! Charlotte Morse
Your website looks really good and the section 'Personal Stories' is very interesting to read. Sonja de Groot
I had a visit to your website - pretty jam packed with goodies - well done, keep up the great work! Maribel
I was forwarded your email from our Head Trainer Matt Pateman about Personal Stories, and I must say we would love to get involved. Angus Tookey
Firstly, can I say that the personal stories on your website are truly inspiring. Cherron Inko-Tariah
You've blown me away with this website – James - Why Not people
Disability Today's USP
Disability Today - The Future
With the basic website up and running and already creating over 500,000 hits per month it is now time to move to the next phase. With all the technological software now available we need to connect the individual with what’s going on in their world.
In the future Disability Today can have a presence in every doctors surgery, hospital, care home and charitable organisation, anywhere there is a person with a disability. District nurses going in to people’s homes will inform their clients/ patients about DT and what it can do for them. I would like to never again hear the words “I wish I’d known about that!!” There are far too many people living their lives behind closed doors because they are not aware of the information and help available.
We will have a presence at national exhibitions, conferences and events to spread the word and make Disability Today the centre for the communities knowledge.
Helping mainstream organisations that have facilities open to the community such as pubs with disabled toilets, sports centres running disabled activities, the potential reach is huge and will only be enhancing and helping organisations already doing great work in this area. Currently the website’s latest headlines are made up of articles I have sourced from around the world. I see a future where we are creating our own headlines delivered by the disabled.
I recently returned from a trip to Cambodia, which inspired me to push harder and further in my own expectations. I want to inspire others to reach new goals and do more with their lives. Individuals becoming reporters for DT covering stories and events, helping to bring more people out to enjoy their lives and get more fulfillment, confidence and life experience.
All of this is possible and within reach with the right technology and support. Help me make this a reality.
Why? Because it’s a great opportunity to help a community change their lives for the better.
The scope is huge, 10% of the UK population consider themselves disabled in some way, that’s around six million, so there are people out there that could benefit from knowing more about what’s going on.
Social media now gives us the tools to live more connected lives. I’d like to make sure the disabled community are included in that.
WITH YOUR HELP WE REALLY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLE'S LIVES!!!
PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN.
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