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

Welcome to the Enabling Technology September 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 DiaryAnd finally..


A-levels with Asperger’s syndrome: ‘My time to shine’
We found this article on the BBC website and although A-level results are out by the time you read this, it is an interesting example of how someone with a neurological condition, often perceived as a negative thing, has used positive aspects of her condition to great effect. Employers take note!

A phobia of sickness and bullying are some of the challenges Zoe Bannister has had to overcome to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.
The 18-year-old, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is one of thousands waiting for their A-level results on Thursday. She has been offered a place to study medicine at Cardiff University. But there was a “dark” period when Zoe, from Beddau, Rhondda Cynon Taff, was a child, and her mother feared she would never reach adulthood.
Zoe – who already has an A* in IT and now needs the Welsh Baccalaureate and As in A-level Chemistry and PE – said her condition had not been a disadvantage.
“I feel like I’m kind of a little bit better at revision than other people because I’m able to just sit for hours on end and just read and read and read,” said Zoe.
“All of it goes in straight away and I can just recall a lot of information quite quickly. “Because I enjoy being in a quiet, secluded environment in which I can get all of my work done and then being in the exam, I feel like it’s my time to shine.”

Read the full article on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49319540

Plastic bottles turned into ‘cheap’ prosthetics
Plastic bottles have been turned into the sockets for prosthetic limbs by university experts. The engineer behind the technique hopes it could reduce the cost of the sockets, which join artificial limbs to the body, from £5,000 to £10.
De Montfort University engineers ground plastic bottles down to makes polyester yarns, which were heated and moulded to create the sockets.
The sockets were tested at a rehabilitation charity in India.  The average cost of producing a socket is £5,000, but the university believes using recycled material could reduce the cost to as little as £10 and help tackle plastic pollution.
Dr Karthikeyan Kandan said two amputees who tried out the products in Jaipur were “really impressed”.  He said: “The aim of this project was to identify cheaper materials that we could use to help these people.”

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-49406298

Mystery over sharp drop in disabled people’s unemployment rate
Striking – but unexplained – new official figures show there has been a large fall over the last year in the proportion of disabled people who are unemployed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that the percentage of disabled people counted as unemployed dropped to 7.3 per cent of those who were economically active (those seeking employment and available to start work) in April-June 2019.

This compares with an unemployment rate of 8.8 per cent during the same time period in 2018, and a rate that was as high as 13.5 per cent in 2013.
The proportion of those economically inactive (not available for work) fell slightly over the same period, from 44.4 per cent of working-age disabled people to 43.3 per cent.

Read the full article here: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/mystery-over-sharp-drop-in-disabled-peoples-unemployment-rate/

Product Focus – Dragon speech recognition software
The all-new Dragon Professional Individual drives productivity at work by enabling fast, accurate dictation and transcription with the right level of customisation. Create, edit and format documents by voice quickly and accurately so you spend less time on paperwork and more time on activities that boost the bottom line.

Focus on business, not paperwork Do you spend hours creating documents, spreadsheets or presentations, managing email and filling out forms? Or are you simply looking to reduce the physical stress of typing? Either way, Dragon Professional Individual can help you work faster and smarter using your voice. Dictate in popular applications, customize words, insert frequently-used text or graphics and short-cut repetitive tasks all just by speaking. So you have more time to focus on strategic business priorities.

Advanced commands Quickly and easily create or import powerful commands to automate time-consuming tasks associated with document creation and management. For example, you can send an email to your sales distribution list, copy senior management and print a hard copy for your files just by saying “Send standard sales distribution email”. Five minutes of work done in five words.

Customisation flexibility Customize words for the specific industry terms, acronyms, proper names, and unique terms you use every day. Easily import/export custom commands and custom word lists to speed up routine tasks and increase dictation accuracy.

Work anytime on your mobile device. Integrate with Dragon Anywhere, a new, cloud-based mobile app for professional-grade continuous dictation that lets you create and edit documents of any length by voice using your own customized vocabularies, shortcuts and commands directly on your iOS or Android device. It’s smart and innovative.

Powerful transcription Accurately transcribe another single speakers voice from pre-recorded audio files or podcasts, requiring only a 90-second audio clip to create the necessary profile. Now it’s a breeze to create a written transcript of that keynote speech which impressed you so much.

Support for Windows 10 Engineered to work seamlessly with Windows 10, this release will make you more productive for years to come.

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Five steps to a more deaf-friendly workplace
If hearing loss affects you at work, or you sometimes feel stressed and isolated, the Working for Change campaign by Action on Hearing Loss aims to change attitudes in the workplace, so that people who are deaf or have hearing loss can thrive. Five million working-age people in the UK are deaf or have some level of hearing loss, that’s 12 in every 100 employees.

Many people keep quiet about their hearing loss because they worry it may be seen negatively, but this can lead to isolation, work-related stress and lower productivity.

The Working for Change campaign aims to change attitudes in the workplace, so that employees who are deaf or have hearing loss can reach their potential.

Read more about the campaign here: https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/live-well/our-community/our-blog/five-steps-to-a-more-deaf-friendly-workplace/

Augmented reality glasses may help people with low vision better navigate their environment
In a new study of patients with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease that results in poor vision, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California researchers found that adapted augmented reality (AR) glasses can improve patients’ mobility by 50% and grasp performance by 70%.

“Current wearable low vision technologies using virtual reality are limited and can be difficult to use or require patients to undergo extensive training,” said Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, director of the USC Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, codirector of the USC Roski Eye Institute and University Professor of Ophthalmology at the Keck School.

“Using a different approach — employing assistive technology to enhance, not replace, natural senses — our team adapted AR glasses that project bright colors onto patients’ retinas, corresponding to nearby obstacles,” Humayun said.

Read the full article here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uosc-arg082219.php


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… 

FREE Bitesize Webinar: Dyslexia and Back to School! Thursday 5th September 2019, 7:30pm – 8:00pm, Location: Online What is the session about? Many parents after six weeks with their children at home over the holidays are more than happy to send them back to school in September. However, for the child with dyslexia it can be a very confusing time for them as they grapple with new friends, teachers, classrooms etc. This bitesize webinar hopes to give parents some tips to make the transition a little less stressful. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/events/https-positivedyslexia-co-uk
National Autistic Society Women & Girls Conference – Edinburgh 11 September 2019, Edinburgh  Many autistic females experience barriers to accessing a diagnosis. Females continue to be overlooked, misunderstood or misdiagnosed. They often mask, with detrimental impact on the individual. Females often demonstrate more ‘subtle’ presentations of autism than is expected. Masking, and subtle presentation, may be contributing factors to clinicians and other professionals failing to recognise or to understand the needs of autistic women and girls. https://learn.autism.org.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200187934&
Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics – National Championships, Doncaster 21 September, Doncaster 98, Stadium Way, Doncaster, DN4 5JB CP Sport’s Athletics National Championships in Doncaster will feature track and fields events for juniors and seniors. http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/get-active/events/4871-cerebral-palsy-sport-athletics-national-championships-doncaster

And finally…Aaarr, it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th, so avast there, me Hearties! Splice the mainbrace, swab the decks and keelhaul the landlubbers!
Celebrate with flagons of grog and these etchings of mighty (and some spooky) pirate ships!
See you next month!

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