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

Welcome to the Enabling Technology June 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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ADHD: ‘The web comics that show what my life is like’
When Dani Donovan wanted to show her colleagues what life was like for her as someone diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), she never thought her sketches would lead to a series of web comics with a celebrity fan base.The 28-year-old, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska, was diagnosed about a decade ago with ADHD and now hopes her comics will help others to understand the challenges for those with the condition.She told the BBC: “I’d just started a new job working in data visualisation, and it was the first time I was able to be really open about having ADHD and talk to my colleagues about what it’s like.

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Caxton House cover-up: DWP hid benefit deaths papers from WCA review team
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted failing to send its own independent reviewer documents that ministers knew would have linked their fitness for work test with the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.
Following intervention from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), DWP has finally admitted that two letters written by coroners, and a series of secret “peer reviews” into the deaths of claimants, were hidden from the team set up to review the work capability assessment (WCA).Read the full article: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/caxton-house-cover-up-dwp-hid-benefit-deaths-papers-from-wca-review-team/
Texthelp Read&Write for Work
Texthelp read&write is award-winning literacy software that gives all your people an instant literacy boost in the workplace.  Give all your staff a communications boost with Read&Write – the productivity tool that suits everyone’s workstyle.Success depends on realising the full potential of all your workforce. And that means giving everybody the confidence to feel engaged and able to deliver their best.  Read&Write makes documents, web pages and office applications more accessible. The discreet, easy to use toolbar helps employees with everyday literacy tasks – from composing a quick email to writing reports, proofing lengthy documents or searching for information on the web.Read&Write’s easy-to-use functions are also great for staff with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, as well as employees whose first language isn’t English.

Enjoy the benefits of Read&Write on Windows PCs, Macs, Google, iPad and Android tablets. One simple annual subscription lets users sign in on any device. So it’s great for employees working in the office, at home or on the move.

Everyone in your organisation can try all the great features of Read&Write absolutely free for 30 days. After this trial period continue using basic features like text-to-speech at no cost – or subscribe for unrestricted access to all the premium features.

For more information, including pricing and free trials, call us now on 01785 243111 or email info@enablingtechnology.com

Having trouble finding work? – Spread the word of this scheme!
The ‘Guaranteed Interview Scheme’ as known previously, has been replaced by HM Government Disability Confident Scheme in 2016.  Through Disability Confident, the Government is working with employers to challenge attitudes, increase understanding of disability, remove barriers, and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.  The scheme aims to highlight the benefits of employing disabled people.There are three levels to the scheme:
Level One; Disability Confident Committed Level Two; Disability Confident Employer Level Three; Disability Confident Leader

All levels cover various criteria which employers have to fulfil if they wish to proceed to a higher level. To become Level One, employers commit to certain disability friendly objectives, including offering an interview to disabled people. This is definitely worth knowing especially for those who struggle to find work because of their disability.

There is a list of thousands of employers who have signed up to the scheme, with organisations including charities who you might expect to be more disability aware such as Action on Hearing Loss, Royal Association for the Deaf and Scope. It also includes many large companies such as Barclays, Aviva and Royal Mail, as well as hundreds of smaller enterprises.

It’s definitely worth a look at the list and to find out more if you are looking for work in case the company you are applying to is committed to the scheme. It could also be worth a mention on an application letter or at interview if you are discussing your disability that you notice they are part of the scheme.

Find out more here: https://www.britishdeafnews.co.uk/disability-confident-scheme/

Make-up artist puts strangers’ insults on face
A make-up artist who uses a wheelchair is writing “hurtful” words strangers call her on her face in a bid to raise awareness of the abuse she receives.Doaa Shayea, 21, from Plymouth, was born with spina bifida and gets around using a wheelchair.  She is using her skills to highlight on social media the impact cruel words can have on those who are “different”.”I do a good job of hiding it but I want to show there is damage underneath and make-up is my mask,” she says.

Doaa has posted images of herself with the words on her face on her social media accounts.

Read the full article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-48334670

Success on legal challenge for accessible voting!
The High Court has ruled that the Government’s provisions for blind and partially sighted people to vote are unlawful, and fail to allow blind and partially sighted people to vote independently and in secret.   RNIB supported the case by providing an expert witness statement and highlighting their research on people’s experiences of voting. Their latest report on this issue “Turned Out 2017″ found that only one in four blind and partially sighted voters felt the current system let them vote independently and in secret. A previous report published by the RNIB (“Turned Out 2016″) showed that almost two thirds of those who did not vote said they would have done, if it had been more accessible.   The case was brought by Rachael Andrews and focused on the use of the Tactile Voting Device (TVD) at elections. A TVD sits over the ballot paper and is supposed to allow a blind or partially sighted person to select the candidate they want to vote for.   However, even though the device allows someone to select a box to put their mark in, it cannot tell the person the name of the candidate they are putting their mark against. This requires a companion, or a member of polling station staff, to read out the list of candidates, and where the candidate is in the list on the ballot paper. Rachael argued successfully that she is not able to make an independent and secret vote using only the TVD, and therefore it is not fit for purpose.Read the full article: https://www.rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/success-legal-challenge-accessible-voting 

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