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

Welcome to the Enabling Technology October 2018 Newsletter!

It’s Dyslexia Awareness Week from the 1st to the 7th of October. The British Dyslexia Association website has lots of information on how to be involved and what’s going on. Here is a link to the DAW section of their website: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/fundraising/dyslexia-awareness-week

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..


New: VD430 Video Magnifier from Ivision Technology
Ivision have released their latest device in a range of electronic magnifiers. The VD430 has many useful features, including connection to a high-definition TV via AV or HDMI connectors:

4.3 inch HD LCD screen (Optional touch screen available) 1.5X-12X infinite amplification / 4X-32X 15 high contrast color modes Ultra long working time: 4 hours runtime Folding handle for comfortable reading and writing AV and HDMI 1080i60 for connecting to HDTV
Available now priced at £199.00 plus delivery and VAT. For any other information please call our professional, friendly sales team on 01785 243111 or email us at info@enablingtechnology.com.


Dolphin SuperNova 17.03 Update and Other News
The Dolphin Supernova17.03  update includes support for Mozilla Firefox web-browser (Quantum & ESR). In addition 17.03 delivers useful fixes for multiple monitor support, and laptops with dual graphics cards, even with different screen resolutions.

Dolphin have also made us aware of the following developments:

Skype 8 Microsoft announced that they would be ending support for version 7.0 of classic Skype in September.  All screen reader users will need a new script since Microsoft have significantly changed the application. Dolphin are currently investigating a solution for SuperNova users and will update you as soon as possible.  The good news is that Microsoft have bowed to pressure from frustrated users and it appears they will maintain Skype 7 for some time yet.  In a recent forum post, the Skype team said that they will not be ending support Skype 7 on September 1st after all, and will extend the deadline.

FREE EasyReader Do you know that you are entitled to a FREE version of EasyReader for Windows with your SuperNova licence (RRP €55)? Just use the same SuperNova unlock code for access to numerous international libraries & newspapers. Use EasyReader to browse, download and read digital books, and transfer them to your preferred portable player.  EasyReader also has easy navigation, bookmarks,  a wide choice of viewing options and the ability to import & read other documents. You must be a member of your local library to download books.

SuperNova USB Add a SuperNova USB to any current v17 licence for just €95.  Put immediate PC accessibility in your pocket!  SuperNova USB is a full licence (not a dongle) which can be carried to any Windows PC, allowing you to get up and running with SuperNova in a few moments.  Mobile workers, students, holiday-makers…  Nothing to install, and all your preferred settings ready to go on any Windows PC with an open USB port.

For more information on any of these announcements, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01785 243111, or email us: info@enablingtechnology.com.



Disability charity raises concerns over lack of public toilets
A charity has warned a decline in the number of public toilets across Scotland risks discriminating against disabled people.  Disability Equality Scotland said a lack of available facilities can discourage those with a disability from leaving their homes because they are worried about how they will cope.


The organisation has called on councils to do more to ensure public toilets are maintained.

Meanwhile Scottish Labour has raised the issue with the Scottish Government, arguing local authorities’ stretched budgets mean non-statutory services such as toilets are sacrificed in order to maintain mandatory services.

Read the full article here:


Disability hate crime
As disability and disability issues become steadily more prominent in today’s society, it is inevitable that some elements of that society will latch onto disability as a way to vent hostility.  Put simply, if someone has been violent or hostile towards you because you’re disabled, you have been the victim of a hate incident.

Disability hate incidents can happen anywhere. Sometimes you may know the person responsible, sometimes hate incidents are carried out by strangers.  Regardless, if you believe something is a hate incident, it should be reported and recorded as such by the person you are reporting it to.

The Citizens Advice service has some very useful information regarding disability hate crime and how to deal with it on their website. Even if you have not been affected by this issue, it is a highly recommended read:




School or College? Huge savings on Texthelp Read&Write!
Texthelp Read&Write is the leading computer based solution for dyslexia. As we pointed out in last month’s newsletter,  buying multiple licences for a school or college can be costly and time consuming.
A Read&Write site licence provides your institution with access to the complete Read&Write family on any school-owned device, and on any student-owned device (Primary/secondary schools only) as required, up to the subscription limit (see examples below).

Texthelp’s Read&Write Subscription licence includes:

  • Read&Write for Windows (software) School and Home Licence
  • Read&Write for Windows (software) School and Home Licence
  • Read&Write for Mac (software) School and Home Licence
  • Read&Write for iPad (iPad app)
  • Read&Write for Android (Android tablet app)
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome (Extension for Google Chrome)

Texthelp Read&Write is supplied on a yearly subscription licence. A single subscription to Read&Write Gold costs £150.00 per year. To provide access for up to ten users would therefore cost £1500.00 per year.
Site licence costs are scalable, depending on the number of enrolled students in your establishment. For example:

  • A site licence for up to 250 pupils is just £800 per year for primary and secondary schools.
  • For colleges and universities, the annual cost for up to 5000 enrolled students is just £2500.00.
  • Read and Write for Access To Work, 3 year subscription V12 only with all upgrades £415 – Code SD-RSUB-ATW

The Read&Write Subscription combination covers all options for students, with the Windows software allowing Windows users to be able to access the support offered by the Read&Write toolbar even when they are not online.

For quotations or more information, please contact us now with total school enrolment, on 01785 243111 or email us at info@enablingtechnology.com.

Mobility scooters – Rising accidents leads to rising concerns
Recent years have seen headlines about mobility scooter safety increase following various accidents and fatalities.
According to statistics released by the Department of Transport, there were 260 reported accidents in 2016, around three times the amount (84) reported in 2012. Fatalities also saw a sharp rise in 2016, rising 75 percent on the eight fatalities reported the previous year.

Currently, there is no legal requirement to have a permit or undergo training to drive a mobility scooter, however, healthcare professionals are calling for changes to be made with the increase in accidents and fatalities.
Read more here:


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 Tes SEN Show

5 – 6 October 2018 | The Business Design Centre, London

The Tes SEN Show is the largest, most-established special educational needs show in the UK. The show provides the ideal environment for SEN professionals at all levels of education to benefit from direct access to professional development opportunities and the latest products, resources and services available to the sector.


The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour

Saturday 6th October – Saturday 13th October Last year over 5,000 retailers took part in the world’s first mass participation Autism Hour. We’re confident even more retailers will take part this year, making adjustments to make shopping easier for autistic people and their families. https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/autism-hour.aspx

Residential Weekend for 14-18 year olds. 12 October 2018 – 14 October 2018 (7pm on Friday – 2pm on Sunday ) (CMC Adventure) Location: CMC Adventure, Pensarn Harbour, Llanbedr, Gwynedd, LL45 2HP Details: Age range: 14 – 18,     Price: £FREE Contact: Nicola Partridge, Activity Co ordinator, National Deaf Children’s Society, Vincent House, 92-93 Edwards Street, Birmingham, B1 2RA Tel: 01212 349832, Fax: 01212 339575, Email: nicola.partridge@ndcs.org.uk




And finally…It’s October, Autumn is heading at full speed into Winter, and it’s Halloween on the 31st. Expect Trick or Treaters at your doorstep, shops full of Halloween treats, and – pumpkins! Some of these are truly grotesque, but works of art no less…



See you next month!


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