Independent Living – what’s it all about?
As you have clicked the “About Us” link, you are probably here to find out more about the organisation behind the Independent Living website.
A little history, then. Independent Living has been online continuously for well over a decade; in fact, we have been providing information about living independently with a disability since the last millennium.
We set up the site in the first place simply because there was nowhere to find out about products and services that could make daily living and mobility easier. To be honest, there weren’t nearly so many websites around anyway back in the 1990s, but there certainly wasn’t a single place you could visit with information about a range of different suppliers’ products.
So here we are, and the current version of the site is, of course, very much bigger, and looks rather different, although we have retained certain elements of the original design, notably the dark blue and orange colour motif, so that returning visitors would always recognise the site, even after one of the periodic redesigns.
And who are we? Frances Leckie Associates is the company behind the site. A marketing consultancy which has been involved with adaptive products and assistive technology for more than 20 years. Like most marketing consultants, we get very enthused about our clients’ industries, and from working with one company who manufactured accessible showers, we found ourselves more and more involved in the market for mobility and daily living aids.
That company was one of our first site subscribers, when Independent Living started selling showcase pages to reputable suppliers, in order to finance the work of providing independent information – and they are still with us, even though they have been sold a couple of times along the way, and now don’t even have the same name!
Occasionally, people ask whether we are a charity or a government organisation – or assume that we are. We aren’t. We took a decision early on that Independent Living would be entirely free from interference by any statutory bodies, and after many years of subsidising it with the work of our marketing consultancy, it is now largely self-supporting. That said, it would be impossible to provide the service that we do to an average of 5000 visitors a day without the dedication of those who deal with all the enquiries they make, on a voluntary basis.
If you would like to talk to us about Independent Living, you can e-mail us using the “contact us” button at the top of the page, or phone +44 (0)208 133 0628. Frances Leckie is the editor of the site and Derek Leckie is the man to speak to about subscribing for a showcase page.