Enabling Technology – Welcome to the Enabling Technology February 2019 Newsletter!

Welcome to the Enabling Technology February 2019 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 Diary

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Families waiting too long for special needs support in England
Thousands of children in England with special educational needs are waiting too long for an education, health and care plan (EHC), the BBC has learned.
The EHC plans set out a child’s needs and the support to which they are entitled.
Once a plan is requested, the law says councils should normally finalise them within 20 weeks.  But through Freedom of Information requests, the BBC has learned around four in 10 plans have taken longer.


Read the full article on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-46658243


Innovations in eye health
Professor Andrew Lotery is Chairperson of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Scientific Committee. In the linked article (link below), he outlines why registration rates for blindness are falling and discusses some exciting advances in eye health. The topics discussed are:
Macular degeneration Eye imaging Cataract surgery Genetic diseases
To read the article, please visit the RNIB website: https://www.rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/innovation-eye-health


ROFA lays out plans to make the right to independent living a reality
Campaigning disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have set out their demands for a new national independent living service that would eliminate the postcode lottery in support, and finally make the right to independent living a reality.
The Independent Living for the Future document has been developed over the last 14 months under the banner of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), whose members include Disabled People Against Cuts, Inclusion London, People First (Self Advocacy), Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, The Alliance for Inclusive Education and Shaping Our Lives.
Read the article on the Disability News Service website: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/rofa-lays-out-plans-to-make-the-right-to-independent-living-a-reality/


Prince William says celebrities shunned mental health charity
Prince William has said that every celebrity he asked to back his Heads Together mental health initiative three years ago refused.
The Duke of Cambridge told the Davos World Economic Forum that “a lot” of stars were approached, but none wanted to be associated with mental illness.  He also said the wartime generation may have helped create some of the stigma.  People preferred not talk about such “horrendous” events, a stoic attitude passed on to their children.
The prince created Heads Together, launched to help combat the stigma of mental health, in 2017 with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Read the full article on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46978967


89 percent of wheelchair users globally experience pain or discomfort, new study reveals
New research by the Toyota Mobility Foundation has unveiled insightful findings into some of the issues and experiences faced by wheelchair users, including almost 90 percent stating they had experienced pain or discomfort due to their mobility equipment.
The polling, commissioned by the Toyota Mobility Foundation and carried out by ComRes, was undertaken to help designers and innovators taking part in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge gather a better understanding of the lives of the end-users around the world that they are creating solutions for. ComRes surveyed 575 wheelchair users across the UK, US, India, Brazil and Japan in March 2018 and discovered 89 percent of respondents had experienced pain and discomfort caused by their mobility device.
Read the full article on the Assistive Technology (AT) Today website: http://attoday.co.uk/index.php/89-percent-of-wheelchair-users-globally-experience-pain-or-discomfort-new-study-reveals/


Read&Write – Improve reading and writing confidence
Read&Write lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently.  The easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. Read&Write is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little support with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace. And its friendly literacy features help English Language Learners, as well as people with learning difficulties or requiring dyslexia tools.

From hearing emails or documents read out loud to text prediction, picture dictionaries, summary highlighters and a grammar, spelling and confusable words checker, Read&Write makes lots of everyday literacy tasks simpler, quicker and more accurate.

Read&Write is licensed on a subscription basis. Individual and site licenses are available for school, college, home or in the workplace. For more information and pricing, please contact us on 01785 243111, or email us at; info@enablingtechnology.com



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… 

Physical Activity and Mental Health in Young People – Making the Connection by Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Date and Time: Wed 13 February 2019 09:30 – 12:30 GMT Location: Entrust, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH Description: Physical Activity and Mental Health in Young People – Making the Connection The Local Organising Committee for the Staffordshire School Games would like to invite you to an event that will explore the relationship between physical activity levels in young people and the positive effects that this can have on their mental health and offer some practical ways that we can use physical activity to influence this increasingly important agenda. Cost is free. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/physical-activity-and-mental-health-in-young-people-making-the-connection-tickets-53646683675
NAIDEX 2019 26th – 27th March 2019, 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 45th year, and will propel the industry into the future of inclusion, accessibility, empowerment and efficiency.

Showcasing 350 cutting-edge exhibitors, 250 ground-breaking seminars, 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 15,000 like-minded individuals, register now for you free ticket by clicking here:




And finally…Did you ever wonder what is involved in the restoration of an old master painting? Probably not to be honest!  But here is how it’s done anyway:


See you next month!


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