With the current statistics showing that around 20% of people in the UK have been affected by disabilities or long-term health conditions, the need to adopt an inclusive social culture has never been more important. In addition to this, there are about 9 million carers whose needs are also often overlooked.
Over the years there has been a growing increase and emphasis on independent living, and where this has been good in theory, in practice there have been many barriers for disabled people and long-term health sufferers to live an inclusive lifestyle. MASIS (Mobility and Support Information Service) is a charity founded by Peter Lyne. Derived from his passion and care illustrated throughout his portfolio of work with numerous disabled charities and care organisations, Peter is devoted to spreading the message of adopting an equal and inclusive social lifestyle to enhance the life and wellbeing of disabled people.
“The main goal of MASIS is to address how society can improve and provide an inclusive and equal lifestyle for disabled people and help them to achieve and experience the normal benefits that often non-disabled people take for granted,” said Peter Lyne.
One of the biggest focuses for MASIS is its approach to producing a cultural impact, as inclusivity only works when everyone collaborates. This applies to every sector including architecture, modular building and construction, engineers, interior designers, automotive and travel and tourism and many more.
There is a need for both domestic and communal facilities and services to be accessible for all. From the industry side of things, normalising the design and production of accessible fixtures, fittings and design is of the utmost importance in transforming the lives of disabled people by making them designed with inclusivity.
Peter holds advisory roles at numerous universities and has used this platform to spread awareness of adopting an inclusive lifestyle and equality for all. Peter told us that, “We’ve been given the opportunity to network with an organisation to give physically disabled people a chance of a lifetime to experience and hopefully lead to apprenticeships in design and engineering.
“If you can help improve the lifestyle of disabled people, we want to hear from you.”
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