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Still learning: older, disabled people and technology

I will forever wince when anyone refers to me - or anyone else who is still living for that matter - as an expert. My view is that as long as I'm living, I'm still learning, and this anti-expert  viewpoint has been evinced and reinforced by what I have experienced in the first few weeks of my new job at Jewish Care.

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Is good design the only discipline?

In the 1990's, when I first started working in digital, or the information superhighway as it was referred to back then, things were pretty straightforward; user interactions were limited to what the website owner wanted the user to do, there was no UGC, no smartphones or tablets, no social media and CMS' were hugely expensive closed source monsters that few used. I wouldn't say it was boring, because it was truly exciting to be there for the birth of an industry, but it was frustrating.

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Wellbeing and the healing that facilitates it

In December of 2012, after trying out a host of healing modalities to nuke the childhood emotional trauma that just wouldn't budge, I stumbled across Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and thought I'd give it a try. Although I didn't really understand how it worked - still don't for that matter, but I can attest that it certainly does - it just felt right. I can't really explain my reasoning any further, but I can safely say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

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What makes us truly happy?

As today is the UN International Day of Happiness, I have spent more time than usual pondering my favourite subject - happiness. If you're looking for a quick fix, silver bullet or the route to happiness in three easy steps, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place, but if you'd like to know what makes me a generally happy person, please read on.

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Technology, cowboys & quality control

As a self confessed, card carrying geek, I expect that my love of technology will endure for the rest of my lifetime, but I do hope that some day very soon the area of technology that I work in - the weird and wonderful information superhighway - can find a way to rid itself of the cowboys working within it.

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Family, gratitude, love and respect

As I had a pretty rocky start in life, I don't really know what a "normal" family is; if I try to picture one I end up with a Norman Rockwell painting. Until I met my husband, I only had my very dysfunctional family to go on and I certainly would not view any of the atypical pushy, bigoted, arrogant and competitive North American Jewish types that I was surrounded with as role models.

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A simple life in the big smoke

Living amidst the chaos of London has certainly led me to frequently ponder whether a simpler life would be a better one. "Would we be any happier if we chucked it all in and set up home in a fishing village in Goa?" I asked myself.

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Independence and impairment: the fight for survival

I have expressed the need for a greater understanding of the psychological aspects of sight loss many a time - or any other restrictive impairment for that matter. Sadly, my efforts have failed to yield the inclusion of emotional or psychological support services for those with such impairments and on a recent trip abroad I was reminded of why it isn't only the practical aspects of disability that matter.

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