Enabling Technology – Welcome to the Enabling Technology April 2018 Newsletter!

Welcome to the Enabling Technology April 2018 Newsletter!


As always, we hope that you will find something of interest in our newsletter but if not, or if you have any comments or questions, just drop us a quick email and let us know. We’d be delighted to hear from you.
You can email us at: info@enablingtechnology.com or call on 01785 243111. Mark.


This month we take a look at:

Dates for your DiaryAnd finally..



Wearable tech aids stroke patients
Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients. The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously.
The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor the effectiveness of their care. Details of the study were released at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Texas.
Read the full story on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43146117
A brief history of dyslexia and the role women played in getting it recognisedDyslexia affects up to 10 per cent of the population and is widely accepted as a learning difficulty that can cause problems with (among other things) reading, writing and spelling. But it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, it wasn’t until quite recently – in 1987 – that the UK government announced that they were dispelling “a myth”: the myth that they did not believe in dyslexia. The government said that it “recognises dyslexia and the importance to the education progress of dyslexic children … that they should have their needs identified at an early stage”.
“Once the assessment has been made, the appropriate treatment should be forthcoming.”
The story of how dyslexia came to be recognised in the UK is a story in which women were at the forefront – as advocates, teachers and researchers. And it’s also one that’s largely yet to be told.
Read the full story on the Independent newspaper website: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/dyslexia-history-role-women-international-womens-day-2018-a8243391.html
DPOs ask May for meeting over lack of progress on UN convention rights
Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have accused the government of maintaining a “head-in-the-sand denial” of its failure to protect disabled people’s human rights.
The criticism came from a coalition of DPOs from across the UK as they wrote to the prime minister, Theresa May, to question the lack of progress in the six months since the UN delivered a “damning” verdict on her government’s record on disability rights, and to ask for a meeting to discuss their concerns.
Read the full story on the Disability News Service website: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dpos-ask-may-for-meeting-over-lack-of-progress-on-un-convention-rights/
Focus on Dyslexia – Free Learning Tools from MicrosoftFor many years Microsoft has been developing products to support those with differences and dyslexia is no exception.
Back in 2015, Microsoft’s annual hack-athon, which allows members across all departments to come together to work on projects that they feel passionate about, is when Learning Tools was created. Learning Tools was the start of Microsoft’s commitment to empower all people, especially those with disabilities.
Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability.

  • Improves comprehension: Tools that read text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters.
  • Encourages independent reading: A teaching aid that helps teachers support students with different abilities.

Over the past three years Microsoft has been on this developmental journey, creating accessible solutions for all people with differences and disabilities, and especially those with dyslexia.
We want to spread this awareness and tell you more about how Assistive Technology which is coming more and more mainstream. How we can support more dyslexic tudents in the classroom and how we can use technology to its full advantage despite our differences.
For more information, check out the Learning Tools Website: https://www.onenote.com/learningtools

Special needs cash shortfall ‘leaves thousands of pupils unplaced’
A shortage of special needs funding means growing numbers of children are being left without suitable school places, a teachers’ leader has warned.  National Education Union leader Kevin Courtney said official statistics showed 4,050 special needs pupils were without a place in 2017 in England.
He said it was a disgrace that such pupils were at home because councils were being “starved” of funds for them.  The government said money for schools and special needs had been protected.  It was due to rise to its highest ever level of £43bn in 2020, with £6bn allocated for special educational needs this year, it said.
But the Department for Education figures showed the number of pupils with special needs (SEND) without a school place last year had more than doubled from 1,710 in 2016.
Read the full article on the BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43604865
Stem cell-derived ocular cells treat severe AMDIn July 2015, 86-year-old Douglas Waters developed severe age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He struggled to see things clearly, even when up close.
A few months later, he became part of a clinical trial that used stem cell-derived ocular cells developed in part by researchers at UC Santa Barbara. His retinal eyepatch was implanted at Moorfields Eye Hospital, a National Health Service (NHS) facility in Waters’ hometown of London, England.
In the months before Waters’ surgery, his vision was poor and he couldn’t see anything out of his right eye. After the surgery, his eyesight improved so much that he could read the newspaper and help his wife with gardening.
The results of this groundbreaking clinical study, published in Nature Biotechnology, describe the safe and effective implantation of a specially engineered patch of retinal pigment epithelium cells derived from stem cells to treat people with sudden severe sight loss from wet AMD — the form that afflicted Waters. This is the first description of a completely engineered tissue that has been successfully used in this way.
you can read the full article here: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180319/Stem-cell-derived-ocular-cells-treat-severe-AMD.aspx
Don’t forget - we have a huge range of assistive hardware and software available to buy online at very competitive pricing on our website. We offer free trials for most of our software, and also the services of our professional, friendly and highly experienced fully DBS checked assistive technology trainers. We also offerWorkplace Strategy Trainingwhich is highly effective in increasing productivity, particularly for Access to Work clients. http://enablingtechnology.com
Dates for your Diary…
Business Disability Forum Conference 2018This year’s conference will look at all aspects of disability in the modern workplace, generously sponsored by HSBC.
Event details: Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018, Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Address: Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN
Prices and booking: Members and Partners: £249, Non-Members: £311
http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/networking-and-events/our-latest-events/business-disability-forum-conference-2018-disability-in-the-modern-workplace/SEN Jigsaw Conference, April 21st in Stoke-on-Trent.

Enabling Technology Ltd are exhibiting there and it would be an ideal opportunity to meet some of you, if you can possibly make it!
If you are working with families, with children and young adults with SEN, then SEN Jigsaw Conference is a great place to learn about overlapping learning difficulties and how to support children at home and in educational settings.
SEN Jigsaw is open to educational professionals and parents/carers.  Everyone is welcome.
Read more about are key speakers, workshops and exhibitors here and please feel free to share with colleagues, families and friends. http://bit.ly/SENJigsaw-Education
We hope you can join us!
Date and Time: Sat 21 April 2018, 09:30 – 16:00 BST Location: The Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8DD

25th & 26th April 2018, NEC, Birmingham
Naidex is Europe’s most established trade, professional and public event dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment. This esteemed event returns for an unprecedented 44th year, and will propel the industry into the future of inclusion, accessibility, empowerment and efficiency.
Showcasing 300 cutting-edge exhibitors, live demos, 1-2-1 advice, world-class CPD accredited seminars and unparalleled networking opportunities, Naidex is a hub of innovation in the disability community, bringing the entire industry together under one roof for two unforgettable days.
Naidex is completely free to attend and welcomes groups, families, colleagues and friends. If you are looking to further your knowledge of disability and the wider sector, buy the most innovative products available in the global market, and network with over 12,000 like-minded individuals, register now for your free ticket on the Naidex website: http://www.naidex.co.uk/

And finally…
Heather Rooney is an American artist who specializes in photorealistic coloured pencil and graphite drawings. Her work has so many details that they actually can be easily confused with real photographs.
See you next month! 

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