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

Welcome to the Enabling Technology April 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.
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Claims that London 2012 changed the world are nonsense, says disabled peer
One of Britain’s greatest Paralympians has told a parliamentary meeting to beware of claims that London 2012 “changed the world” for disabled people.
Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured) was speaking at a parliamentary meeting held to discuss the need for more to be done to enable disabled people to take part in physical activity.
The retired Paralympian – she won 11 Paralympic golds as a wheelchair athlete – and now crossbench peer said that some of the often-repeated claims that “2012 changed the world” were “nonsense”.
Read the full article on the Disability News Service website: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/some-claims-that-london-2012-changed-the-world-are-nonsense-says-disabled-peer/


MSPs call for study of social media impact on mental health
MSPs have called for research to be carried out on the impact of social media on young people’s mental health.
Holyrood’s public audit committee has been studying a “significant increase” in the number of children and teens experiencing mental health problems. Members wanted to find out if social media use could be a factor in rising demand for services, but were told that this was “not yet understood”.
They urged ministers to commission “comprehensive research” on the topic. The committee also called for better data to be collected on mental health provision for children, saying it was impossible to say if public services were making a difference.
Read the full article on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-47562071


Exam-friendly reading pens!
The UK examination timetable begins next month, so we wanted to make sure you’re aware of reading pens designed and approved for use during exams.
The C-Pen Exam Reader, for example, has been approved by The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)* for use in exams. It is a major aid for anyone struggling to read English exam questions. The C-Pen Exam Reader is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice.
Students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions with no special access arrangements required.
The pen is half the size of other portable pen scanners on the market and at 50g is half the weight.
As well as promoting Independent Reading this pen is:

  • Ideal for hearing words & lines of text read aloud.
  • Great for students with dyslexia, reading difficulties and English as a second language.
  • Designed to allow students to be with their peers in the main exam hall with headphones plugged into their pens.
  • Available in a class set of ten pens, and schools can take advantage of a 30-day free trial.

for more information and pricing, please visit our website, call us on 01785 243111, or email us at info@enablingtechnology.com.

Music-making and disability
Each year more than 350 Youth Music projects are happening across England. That’s around 89,000 children and young people regularly making music.  We invest in music-making projects where they’re really needed. Bringing opportunities for children to learn a new musical genre in a town where not much happens. Supporting a ground-breaking initiative in a deprived part of a city. Responding to difficult challenges like young people at risk of radicalisation.

Communities divided by prejudice or gangs can be brought together to perform. Writing lyrics can enable a bereaved teenager to express their grief. Making hip-hop beats can help a kid understand maths in a way they never grasped at school.
Being young can be hard. And we know that troubles don’t end the moment you hit 18. That’s why we work with children and young people from the moment they’re born right up until the age of 25.

Around a quarter of Youth Music projects specialise in working with young disabled people. This includes young people with:

  • Physical impairments (affecting body movements or control)
  • Sensory impairments (affecting sight or hearing)Find out more about Youth Music:
  • Learning difficulties (any learning or emotional barrier affecting a person’s ability to learn)
  • Learning disabilities (lifelong conditions meaning a person needs additional help to understand information, learn skills and cope independently)L

Youth Music Organisation:


New Google app describes objects to blind people
An estimated 1.3 billion people across the globe live with some sort of vision impairment, and of those, 36 million are blind. Now, Google has released an artificial intelligence-powered app designed to serve as a helpful pair of “eyes” for those people, providing them with a level of independence they may have previously lacked — and showing the world yet another way AI can help people with disabilities.

Google named the app Lookout, and the way it works is simple: open the app on your phone, and listen while Lookout audibly describes whatever the phone’s camera is pointed at.

The app features three modes designed for specific situations:

  • Explore mode is useful for navigating a new setting. Google suggests in a blog post that people with severe visual impairments might choose to wear their phones around their necks, perhaps in a lanyard or in their shirt pocket, so that Explore can provide them with constant updates on their surroundings as they navigate the world.
  • Shopping mode is useful for scanning barcodes or reading currency — a person with a visual impairment might use this mode if they aren’t sure whether the banknote they’re holding is worth £10 or £20.
  • Quick Read mode, meanwhile, is pretty self-explanatory. A person points their phone at text — anything from a sign in a grocery store to a piece of mail — and Lookout reads it to them.

Read the full article here: https://futurism.com/the-byte/lookout-google-app-blind-people

Jump in antidepressant prescriptions in England
A total of 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2018. NHS Digital figures show that the number of drugs issued – for conditions like depression and anxiety – went up from 67.5 million in 2017.
The total is almost double the number dispensed in 2008. The figure includes all items issued by the NHS in England, except those given out in hospitals or on private prescriptions.

Figures published in Scotland last year showed a similar trend, with 6.6 million items dispensed in 2017-2018, compared with 3.8 million items in 2007-2008 — an increase of 73.7%.

In Wales, the number of items dispensed rose by 168% between 2002 and 2017 to 5.6 million.

In Northern Ireland, 3.1 million prescriptions were dispensed in 2017-18 – up from 2.4 million in 2013-14.

Read the full article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47740396


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