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

Welcome to the Enabling Technology July 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.


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Dates for your Diary

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Mastering Memory System

Mastering Memory is a tool you can use to help improve the understanding and strategies of both Short-Term Memory and Transfer to Long-Term Memory.  Both auditory and visual sequential memory are addressed and both are needed for many learning skills.
Mastering Memory will enable you to discuss with your pupils / students / clients or children how to improve their use of memory strategies in real life by discussing the strategies that people with a good memory use in real life. Because it is not possible to see inside the head of someone else who has a good memory, people cannot learn memory strategies through observation. Mastering Memory provides a way to externalise the process and discuss attitudes, techniques and strategies that can help them firstly within the program and then in real life situations.
Mastering Memory is a teaching programme used with children and adults to help them to take control over the memory processes and strategies which they use, by using a metacognitive approach.  Metacognition is often described as ‘thinking about thinking” and Mastering Memory encourages thinking about memory as a part of thinking.
Consciously thinking about memory, and discussing aspects of memory with a teacher, allows the student to gain an understanding of their own memory and how they might use this knowledge to enhance their ability to learn in real life.
The concepts underlying Mastering Memory were originally developed by Jane Mitchell, an experienced speech and language therapist and dyslexia teacher for use with her students. Following requests from many sources Jane first made this available to parents and teachers in 1996.
For more information, please visit http://www.masteringmemory.co.uk/

Neurodiversity – Are you saying I can’t cope?
(Article by Petra Wainwright – Neurodiversity Strategy and Software Trainer)   Many employees with neurodiversity will be offered “Coping Strategy Training” from Access to Work. A lot of employers, and employees, may think “What is this and why do I need it?” To be honest I don’t like the term much and think it can be off putting to some, we don’t want to think of ourselves as being unable to cope.
So, let me explain what it is. One of the markers of neurodiversity, be it dyslexia, Asperger’s, ADHD and others is a weakness in executive function which relates to things like memory, sequencing and processing speed. Other conditions such as Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue can cause a brain fog which also effects these areas. Although there are some types of software that can help with these challenges, none are fool proof and so people need a variety of strategies to help minimise their negative impact.
This is where “Coping Strategies” come in to play. Our Strategy trainers will begin by looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each individual client, as well as their job and workload, and then work with the client, and occasionally their managers, to come up with a variety of bespoke strategies to enable them to minimise the effects of that executive dysfunction and maximise the gifts that these conditions come with. With the 1-2-1 support from strategy trainers who understand neurodiversity, clients often report that their self-confidence increases through the training which also improves overall job performance.
Other than happier, less stressed and more effective employees, another benefit for employers is that through Access to Work, coping strategies are 100% refundable.
For more information about workplace strategy training, please call us on 01785 243111, email us at info@enablingtechnology.com, or visit our website:
Laugh your way to better mental and physical health

Here’s why you should laugh more.
Scientific research has now proven that how we think affects the way we feel, and vice versa. This two-way relationship between the mind and the body, and how one inextricably affects the other, is known as psychoneuroimmunology.
The hormones released into the brain and body when we laugh facilitate relaxation in both areas. This helps us to let go of things we’re worried about, or at least ease their effect on our mental state.
When our body is calmed our mind responds likewise. Deep breathing and laughter help us access relaxation and peace, even if it’s only for a while. When we laugh we produce more positive thoughts. It’s impossible to laugh heartily and feel angry, or to laugh and feel depressed at the same time. Each time we laugh, smile and connect joyfully with one another we are creating new positive neural pathways in the brain, which affect us physically and mentally.
Read the full article here: https://www.calmmoment.com/wellbeing/laugh-your-way-to-better-mental-and-physical-health/


Trust me, I’m a disabled doctor

An A&E consultant, a psychiatrist, and two junior doctors swap notes on being disabled in the medical profession.
Emergency medicine consultant Dr Cieran McKiernan speaks on the perils of self-diagnosis. He lost his leg after failing to treat a blister which became a 5cm-sq hole in his foot.
Trainee GP Dr Hannah Barham-Brown’s wheelchair means she’s regularly mistaken for a patient, while Dr Emily Burns spotted one patient’s ‘diagnosis’ of Query Malingering – a euphemism for faking it – was actually Ehlers Danlos syndrome, a rare condition she has herself.
Dr Caroline Walker says she hasn’t got to go far to find doctors who, like her, have mental health difficulties.
The foursome chat about the ups and down of the medical profession, the ambition to embrace diversity and how working less than full-time hours could be beneficial to all junior doctors.
Listen to the podcast and read a full transcript here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/disability-48541314/trust-me-i-m-a-disabled-doctor


DWP ‘victimised’ disabled staff member who claimed discrimination, tribunal finds

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) managers “victimised” a disabled member of staff after she claimed that she had faced workplace discrimination, an employment tribunal has ruled.
It is just the latest case to raise concerns that DWP is institutionally disablist, both in its treatment of disabled benefit claimants and of its own staff.
Last November, DWP admitted failing to keep track of how many complaints of disability discrimination were made by its own staff, while in February Civil Service figures revealed that the proportion of DWP staff who said they had been victims of disability discrimination at work in the previous 12 months had risen by about 50 per cent in just four years.
Read the full article here: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-victimised-disabled-staff-member-who-claimed-discrimination-tribunal-finds/


Families take government to court over special needs

Families are mounting a High Court challenge to the government’s funding of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.  Their lawyers will argue the government is leaving councils in England unable to fulfil their legal duties to give these children the support they need.
Judges will have to decide whether Send funding decisions have been lawful and may order a government rethink.  The government said it was investing significantly into high needs budgets.
Outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, parents of children with special needs made a series of emotional pleas for the government to listen.  There was talk of futures being stolen and lives wasted as young people fell through cracks in the system.
Read the full article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48758740?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability&link_location=live-reporting-story


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… 

National Junior Athletics Championships 6 & 7 July 2019, Moorways Athletics Stadium, Derby, DE24 9HY
The Championships attract over 250 young disabled people each year. These championships are an established, successful part of Activity Alliance’s events programme. Many athletes have furthered their talent they discovered at this very event and gone on to become elite athletes, Paralympians and international medallists. It incorporates a fully inclusive track and field events programme for people of all abilities and with a range of impairments. http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/get-active/events/4716-national-junior-athletics-championships
Challenging Perceptions of Disability by Gunnersbury Park & Museum Gunnersbury Park House  Popes Lane  London  W5 4NH Tue, 16 July 2019, 18:00 – 21:00 BST A talk and discussion on perceptions of disability facilitated by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. Audio described and BSL tours of the special exhibition Paralympic Heritage: Stories from Ealing and Hounslow will be available between 18:00 – 19:00. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/challenging-perceptions-of-disability-tickets-54402843369

And finally…Have you ever wondered how to make a super-realistic rendition of an atmospheric old library, using super-modern graphical creation software? Nope? Neither did we, but this is simply stunning. It’s worth watching the entire 15 minute video to fully appreciate the process involved, but if you just want to see the end result skip ahead to 14:54.
See you next month!


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