Enabling Technology Newsletter – August 2018

Welcome to the Enabling Technology August 2018 Newsletter!

(…with the correct header image this time!)

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 Diary

And finally..

Comedian humiliated on a train over disabled space
A comedian has hit out at a train operator after she was “harassed and humiliated” for using a disabled space for her mobility scooter.  Tanyalee Davis said a guard on a Great Western Railway (GWR) service threatened to call the police if she did not leave the space.

Ms Davis said the guard then made an announcement that she was “causing problems” which had delayed the train.

GWR said staff who saw the video were “collectively horrified”.  Canadian-born Ms Davis, 47, who has a form of dwarfism, was travelling on the 11:00 service from Plymouth to London on Sunday with her partner, Kevin Bolden, who filmed the incident on a mobile phone.


See the full article on the BBC website:



Scooter and powerchair breakdown app launches to rescue Motability customers
A new smartphone app, which has been released by Motability Assist, is to help wheelchair and powerchair users who have broken down and require assistance by providing a breakdown recovery service.

Motability Assist offers a breakdown recovery service for Motability Scheme customers who use a powered wheelchair or scooter. The new app allows Motability Assist to pinpoint an individual’s exact breakdown location and reach them as quickly as possible, even if the person is unsure of where they are.

Particularly helpful in unfamiliar areas or areas without any distinguishable landmarks, the app works by sending a person’s location to Motability Assist so individuals can be found quickly and easily.

Find out more here: http://attoday.co.uk/index.php/scooter-and-powerchair-breakdown-app-launches-to-rescue-motability-customers/

AAC Speech Case for iPad
iOS users – add a Speech Case to your iPad and experience AAC the Tobii Dynavox way!  The Tobii Dynavox Speech Case and Speech Case Pro are iPad cases designed specifically for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).


Equipped with extra loud speakers, an ergonomic and durable design, warranty options, and more – the Speech Case and Speech Case Pro provide a reliable communication solution for iOS users by transforming your iPad/iPad Pro* into a true AAC device.

When combined, your iPad or iPad Pro and the Speech Case work together to create a solution for communication like never before. The Speech Case gives users the freedom to choose technology they already know, parents can rest assured knowing their child is comfortable with their device, and professionals can be confident in recommending a best-in-class solution for their client.

Find out more here: https://www.tobiidynavox.com/en-GB/devices/Multi-Access-Devices/speech-case/

Sale of 17 Leonard Cheshire homes ‘makes mockery of user-involvement pledge’
The disability charity Leonard Cheshire has been accused of making “a complete mockery” of its supposed commitment to service-user involvement after it suddenly told residents of 17 of its care homes that it plans to sell them to other care providers.

The plan will see about one-sixth of its 104 residential services being sold off to other providers, with the aim of completing the sales next spring.

The charity said that it had made “some difficult decisions” about residential homes that were “not in the right places with easy access to community amenities and with scope to grow”.

It comes two months after allegations of “insensitive and abusive” behaviour over the way Leonard Cheshire executives told disabled residents of another of its residential homes – Greathouse, in Wiltshire – that it was about to be closed because they could not afford to keep it open.

Read the full article on the Disability News Service website: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/sale-of-17-leonard-cheshire-homes-makes-mockery-of-user-involvement-pledge/

STANDIVARIUS – New Surface Pro stand
Here at Enabling Technology Ltd., we have long been associated with the Standivarius company. Designers and manufacturers of ergonomic desktop accessories, their products have consistently demonstrated a high attention to detail and intimate knowledge of their subject. Their latest innovation is a first of its kind: A lightweight, folding, height-adjustable stand designed exclusively for the popular Microsoft Surface Pro hybrid laptop (all generations). Like most of their laptop stands, it is manufactured in Germany using aircraft-grade aluminium for supreme strength and lightness.

This all-new design allows the Surface Pro to tilt using the kick-stand hinge and even works with the type-cover attached.

for more information about this and other high-quality Standivarius products, please contact us on 01785 243111, or email info@enablingtechnology.com.


My fight for more subtitled cinema showings
Imagine seeing a film advertised that you’d like to see… that excitement builds up inside, so you send a message to your friend; ‘Hey, let’s go and see this when it’s out!’

The release date comes, so you check your cinema’s website for a subtitled showing… ‘NO SHOWINGS AVAILABLE’… or 1 or 2 showings but you’re either busy/at school/at work so you can’t go.

The worst feeling? Your friends watching the film without you, just because cinemas won’t put any more subtitled screenings on.

And so begins another lengthy tweet and email to the cinema about the lack of showings, only for them to come back with a substandard reply of ‘we try our best, but here’s some free tickets’ (to films we can’t even watch!), so we give up and it happens again and again.

Read the full article here: https://www.britishdeafnews.co.uk/my-fight-for-more-subtitled-cinema-showings/

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… 

The BDA is proud to present a free webinar with Microsoft! CPD Certificate Provided

7th August 2018, Time: 7.30 – 8.30pm

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. With more than 1 billion people in the world with disabilities, there is no limit to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of all those who use it.

Arran Smith, Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant, will be talking about Assistive Technology which has been brought into mainstream use which enables teachers, students and dyslexic people of all ages to access the inbuilt assistive technology anytime, anywhere.

Arran will talk about the functionality that has been added into Office 365 and Windows 10 that can help to support its dyslexic users. He will also be looking at how it can support students with dyslexia and SEND and the support they may need. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/events/view/name/free-webinar-microsoft-empowering-potential

Motability One Big Day – Harrogate 11 August 2018 Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

One Big Day at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate provides the perfect opportunity to discover everything you need to know about worry-free motoring with Motability. There is a huge range of cars, adaptations, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs on display and what’s more, admission is free! https://www.motability.co.uk/news-views-and-events/find-an-event/one-big-day-harrogate-2018

Music & Physical Disability: From Instrument to Performance The OHMI Trust Friday, 7 September 2018 at 09:00 – Saturday, 8 September 2018 at 17:00 (BST) Birmingham, United Kingdom https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-physical-disability-from-instrument-to-performance-tickets-42318989236?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

And finally…
Folks of a certain age will fondly remember the informational films of yesteryear. Here, you can view free shorts and features, showing the best from the British Film Institute national and regional archives – including 120 years of Britain on film:

See you next month!


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