Welcome to the Enabling Technology February 2018 Newsletter!
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Dates for your DiaryAnd finally..
You no longer need a library account to use the Dolphin EasyReader app!
You can now open books from sources other than accessible libraries – from the web, cloud storage, emails or those already stored on your phone or tablet – bringing you more ways to read than ever before.
Previously, app users would need to have an account with an accessible library in order to browse, search, download and read books. Unfortunately not all accessible libraries are linked with EasyReader meaning that some countries and languages aren’t represented and, similarly, not all print impaired people have an accessible library account.
The new import feature means you can read DAISY, Epub & text titles that you find outside of EasyReader’s extensive library collection.
From your Apps – Open books or documents directly from your favourite apps including Files (ioS), My Files (Android), WhatsApp, DropBox, & OneDrive. Select the file and pick the ‘Open in’ menu. Choose ‘Copy to EasyReader’ and you’re ready to read.
In email Attachments – Open DAISY, Epub or text files attached to email. On the Web – Download and read books that you discover online.
iOS users can also: Convert their documents created in the Pages app to the Epub format and open them with EasyReader.
Drag and Drop books into EasyReader’s ‘My Books’ on their iPad.
Android users can also open DAISY, Epub or text files on their SD card.
Links to the app can be found here: https://yourdolphin.com/news?id=373 Don’t forget, you can also copy text from anywhere on your phone & hear EasyReader announce it.
Dolphin products at Enabling Technology Ltd: https://www.enablingtechnology.com/dolphin-software-132-c.asp
|Winter Paralympics: Great Britain’s team for Pyeongchang
The 2018 Winter Paralympics will be held between 9 and 18 March in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Games will feature up to 670 athletes who will compete in 80 medal events across six sports.
Four years ago in Sochi, Great Britain had their most successful Games of modern times, winning six medals.
Skier Kelly Gallagher won Britain’s first-ever Winter Paralympic gold medal while team-mate Jade Etherington claimed three silvers and a bronze to become GB’s most successful Winter Paralympian of all time and there was also a wheelchair curling bronze.
World champions Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild will be among the GB squad for this year’s Games after winning gold and silver in last year’s World Championships in Italy.
Snowboarders Owen Pick, Ben Moore and James Barnes-Miller will become the first athletes to represent Great Britain in the sport at the Paralympic Games as it builds on its successful debut in Sochi.
Four of the five wheelchair curlers who won a medal four years ago will also be back in action.
The full team for the Games will be finalised by 15 February.
|Watchdog orders DWP to publish secret reports on Atos and Capita PIP failings
The information commissioner has ordered the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release documents that are likely to expose the widespread failings of two of its disability benefit assessment contractors. DWP has been attempting to prevent the documents being released since receiving a Freedom of Information Act request from campaigner John Slater in December 2016. He said the documents – if and when they are eventually released – will reveal the truth about what DWP knows about Atos and Capita.
Read the full article on the Disability News Service website: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/watchdog-orders-dwp-to-publish-secret-reports-on-atos-and-capita-pip-failings/
|This is what it’s like to read when you have dyslexia
You can never truly understand the struggles of others until you have walked a mile in their shoes – as the saying goes. One website aims to put you in the shoes of someone who suffers from dyslexia, showing how difficult it can be for those with the common learning disability to read and write – and it is an eye-opening experience.
Created by a friend of a dyslexia sufferer, the website recreates the effort of reading a paragraph with the condition. As one of the most common learning disabilities, estimated to affect 5 to 10 per cent of the population, and one in 10 people in the UK, the website is a useful tool for understanding the disorder.
Although dyslexia can manifest differently in everyone, according to the Mayo Clinic, it is most commonly associated with difficulties reading or writing due to problems identifying speech sounds and decoding. The learning disorder, which does not affect general intelligence, can make it hard to interpret letters or symbols, as it affects how the brain processes reading and language.
As the website shows, the learning disability can make words and letters appear to jump around extremely quickly, making it almost impossible to read. With time and effort, the first sentence can be deciphered to say: “A friend who has dyslexia described to me how she experiences reading.”
However, attempting to read the rest of the website does prove to be exceedingly difficult and overwhelming – and gives those without dyslexia a realistic experience of the struggles of reading with the learning disorder.
https://geon.github.io/programming/2016/03/03/dsxyliea (This is difficult to read! However, there is a non-dyslexic version at the end of the article on the Independent newspaper link above.)
|Mental health: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder
Two thirds of Welsh people have no one to talk to about their mental health concerns, according to fresh research from Time To Change Wales, a partnership of three mental health charities – Mind Cymru, Hafal and Gofal.
On Time to Talk day, they are encouraging people to open up about their difficulties.
Here, Bethan Rees, 30, from Caerphilly, explains how not being able to talk about her mental health condition left her misdiagnosed, isolated from work and wanting to take her own life.
Read the full article on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42861224
|3 ways modern technology and software is helping students with dyslexia
Imagine you’re about to embark on a degree in music on your first day at a prestigious conservatoire. You take your seat in your first lecture and notice your classmates are all pulling out reams of blank music sheets. Your teacher enters, takes a seat at a grand piano and starts to improvise.
People start frantically marking blobs on their pages, writing down the score. Incredulous, you sit stunned – how are people writing so fast? How do they keep all the music in their heads? You try to focus, but slowly fill with anxiety as you fall behind and realise that, despite being a fantastic musician, you could fail this degree if writing a score in this way is a required component.
This may seem like a ridiculous notion, but for any one of the over 100,000 university students in the UK with dyslexia, this scenario may feel familiar.
Dyslexic students have a harder time than most. Not only are there pervasive misconceptions regarding dyslexia, but our academic system has been designed against their physiology. After all, while most lessons are spoken, success in education requires a high proficiency in reading and writing. It’s easy to forget the alphabet is, in evolutionary terms, a technology humans have only recently developed – much like musical notation.
|Dates for your Diary… Disability & Health: Delivering Effective Workplace Adjustments Workshop
Date and Time: Fri 9 February 2018 09:30 – 13:00 GMT
Location: Red Room 3, Cornwall Buildings, 45 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 3QR
A free to attend event as part of Remploys’ commitment to supporting those with disabilities and health conditions in the workplace.
Workshop Outline Remploy Ltd would like to invite senior representatives from U.K businesses to join us for a special free event to network and discuss the strategies that are available to support employees with disabilities and health conditions in the workplace. This 3 hour session will be a mix of networking, presentations and activities and will focus on:
1. Discover the facts, stats and legislation around disability in the workplace
2. Define the purpose and aim of the Remploy Ltd workplace adjustments service
3. Learn about the service structure, potential support and interventions
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disability-health-delivering-effective-workplace-adjustments-workshop-tickets-42033714973 Winter Weekend Scotland February 2018
A residential event for deaf children aged 8-15 from all over Scotland. Activities will include skiing and swimming.
Forthcoming dates: 9 February 2017 – 11 February 2017 (7pm – 3.30pm) (Abernethy Nethybridge)
Location: Abernethy Nethybridge, near Aviemore, PH25 3ED
Contact: Siobhan Murray, Service Manager (Youth Activities), NDCS, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RX. Tel: 0131 454 7850, email@example.com
Price: £FreeDisclosing Disability and Selling Yourself
Date and Time: Thu, February 15, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT
Location: University of East London Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.40 University Way London, E16 2RD
Description Disclosing a disability can be a tricky part of the job application process. This free workshop will look at the various stages of the application process from written application to interview and discuss whether or not disclosure is needed, the benefits of disclosure and identifying positive means of disclosure at each stage enabling you to develop a positive dialogue where the focus is on how your disability has had a positive impact on your graduate development.
The workshop will also look at the key pieces of disability legislation you need to be aware of to enable you to understand your rights as well as challenge an employer if you feel you have been treated unfairly.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disclosing-disability-and-selling-yourself-disability-or-learning-difference-series-tickets-42627395688The Education Show 2018
NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT, United Kingdom
Thu 15 Mar: 09:00 – 17:00 Fri 16 Mar : 09:00 – 17:00 Sat 17 Mar: 09:00 – 16:00
This year we’re bringing the classroom to life! We’ll be sharing the latest practical resources and innovative solutions to make a real impact in your classroom for the school year ahead.
Be prepared to get hands-on… With brand new workshops, demonstration areas and interactive zones, the Education Show is set to be a fun-filled celebration. We’ve got over 225+ exhibitors on hand to walk you through their latest products, along with exclusive (and budget friendly) show discounts. This will be your chance to try new things, challenge students and bring creativity to your classroom.
Over three days you’ll hear from a range of speakers you simply wouldn’t meet on a regular training day. We’re buzzing with excitement at welcoming back Michael Rosen and Darcey Bussell, who’ll give us their artistic take on education. And with practical content galore across the show, you won’t be short of inspiration (or valuable lessons for your lesson plan).