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

Welcome to Enabling Technology October 2019 Newsletter!

This month we take a look at:
Myths and misconceptions around deafness
Disability blogger: ‘Trolls said I was too ugly for selfies, so I hit back’
Autistic medical student fears ‘discrimination’ could end career before it has started
Product Focus – Dragon speech recognition software
Teachers forced to pay for dyslexia training
Music has calming effect on hospital dementia patients

Myths and misconceptions around deafness
The disability is quite simple really, people have some element of hearing damage, which means they can’t hear as well or can’t hear at all. There’s nothing really complicated about that, so why is there so much misunderstanding in the world?

We can’t expect everyone to be interested in deafness, or understand it completely, but as it’s a common condition which affects around a sixth of the population of the UK (11 million), it’s not exactly rare. Deafness affects many people. Even though you might not have a hearing loss yourself, it involves everyone as the main barrier that deaf people face, is communication and access to services.

Disability blogger: ‘Trolls said I was too ugly for selfies, so I hit back’

When Melissa Blake shared a blog post she’d written about Donald Trump on social media it went viral.  But most of the thousands of comments she received weren’t criticising what she’d written, but how she looked.
Melissa, 38, has the genetic bone and muscle disorder Freeman-Sheldon syndrome – a rare condition that affects the mouth, face, hands and feet. “There were comments from people calling me ‘ugly’ and saying ‘she looks like a parade balloon,’” Melissa tells Newsbeat.
The final straw came when a particularly nasty commenter suggested she should be banned from posting pictures of herself online because of how she looks.
“I thought, well, I’m going to do the opposite and show them that they’re not going to get the better of me.”
Read the full article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49662140

Autistic medical student fears ‘discrimination’ could end career before it has started

An autistic medical student has accused her university of discrimination that could end her career before it has started, after she was prevented from starting the fifth and final year of her degree.
Sarah Potts was forced to take a temporary leave of absence from the course last September, because the University of Leeds (pictured) said she was not well enough to practise as a doctor.
But she says the university took the action without any evidence that she was not fit to practise, and failed to provide the reasonable adjustments she needed to complete the course.
Read the full story: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/autistic-medical-student-fears-discrimination-could-end-career-before-it-has-started/


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.

For professional, friendly advice with absolutely no obligation to buy, call us on 01785 243111, email us at info@enablingtechnology.com, or visit our website:

Teachers forced to pay for dyslexia training

Cuts in support for pupils with dyslexia have put teachers under pressure to self-fund training courses, warns charity.
Teachers are paying up to £3,800 out of their own pockets for training to help pupils with dyslexia, Tes can reveal.
As local education authorities across the country cut back on support for pupils with dyslexia, many teachers are under pressure to go on self-funded training courses in their own time, according to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).
It says there are around three or four pupils in every class who have dyslexia, which affects 10 to 15 per cent of the population, and that teachers can lose confidence when using all their skills to teach children who are not making any progress.
British Dyslexia Association chief executive Helen Boden said: “Teachers want to know what do. They want the knowledge and the skills – but they are having to pay for them. Why is this training not available in schools?”
She added: “You’ve got pressure from both your headteacher and from parents saying, ‘Why are these kids not progressing?’ But within your teacher training you haven’t been taught about [dyslexia]. You get probably half-a-day within your teacher training on all of special educational needs so you are completely ill-equipped to deal with it.”
Read more: https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-teachers-forced-pay-dyslexia-training


Music has calming effect on hospital dementia patients

Playing music to dementia patients in Accident and Emergency has a calming effect on them, a study has found. MP3 players were used to play music to people with dementia as part of an eight week pilot carried out by NHS Fife.
Researchers found it reduced levels to agitation and led to patients becoming markedly less stressed.
The results of the study have led to calls from specialists for the widespread use of music in A&E wards.
Read the full article on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-49802265

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… 

Run Sutton Park – 5km or 10km Saturday 5 October 2019, Birmingham Midland Mencap, the local learning disability charity in the West Midlands, will be organising the 2019 Sutton Park 1k, 5k and 10k event. https://www.mencap.org.uk/event/run-sutton-park-5km-or-10km
Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019 Dyslexia awareness Week, running from 7-13 October, this year will focus on schools and businesses empowering people with dyslexia. More than one in ten of us are dyslexic. Dyslexic strengths around understanding complex information, seeing the big picture and communicating with others, means dyslexia creates great work at all levels, in all kinds of roles and across all industries. Yet, too often, we are failing to empower dyslexics to do their best work. For Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019 the British Dyslexia Association is asking schools and workplaces to put aside half an hour to explore how to empower dyslexia in the organisation, maximising the value it brings. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/support-us/awareness-events/dyslexia-awareness-week/daw-2019
2019 Business Disability Forum Disability Smart Awards Wednesday 23 October 2019, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles St. London SW1A 2AH Supported by Barclays and hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Our Disability Smart Awards recognise and celebrate businesses who have demonstrated outstanding and innovative practice. Hear about businesses large and small and across all sectors who have helped transform the lives of disabled people in the workplace and in society. This ceremony in the stunning suites where the Locarno Treaties of 1925 were signed will be a celebration of disability confidence. https://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/networking-and-events/our-latest-events/business-disability-forum-disability-smart-awards-2019/

And finally…Did you know there’s a website where you can monitor the progress of tracked sharks? Neither did we, but by the miracle of the Interweb, here it is!
See you next month!

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