The Full Guide to Flying with a Disability

The guide is called “The Full Guide to Flying with a Disability” and offers plenty of valuable information such as:

Understanding the struggle disabled travellers face when they try to fly. Figures show 57% of these travellers said they had difficulty when accessing an airport or flying. 33% of people also said they were unhappy with the service provided for them at the airport.
The barriers disabled travellers face when they fly. Did you know that 26 wheelchairs are damaged across the world on a daily basis? and some of these can cost tens of thousands to replace!
Practical advice on the best places to visit as a disabled holidaymaker, how to book up a hotel room which is right for you and how to get special assistant on your flight if you need it. The resource also covers medical information which you might find useful.
Other helpful tips and resources that can make planning and taking a trip abroad safe and easy for those with disabilities.
Feel free to check-out the guide below:

“The Full Guide to Flying with a Disability”
https://www.parking4less.com/flying-with-a-disability/

Post -it’s

We have all used them and attached them to our fridge or computer. But now Post-it is an app. A very useful one has your post-it’s can be group. Great too for to-do- lists .

Now it’s gone digital you can dynamically make them, change them and swop them around .

You can then have a variety of ways to output them as a pdf or a jpeg so that you store them or print out to work through. This would also be a way of brainstorming some ideas and moving them around or linking to groups and ideas. It’s very simple and very powerful. Especially for organization and forming ideas into groups .

I like the option to Trello as I use that for projects .

Alexa Skill – Feed Bot

 

My blind client wanted to have read her local newspaper on her Echo Dot. After a direct talk with the newspaper and finding out that an audio service for the blind do a tape/usb stick of the paper which gives curated news I wondered if using an RSS feed would work as an alternative.

Simple answer is yes it would. Adding /feed.rss to the URL created a text feed of news. Now would this work on the Echo Dot? I created an account through https://servebot.net/settings/feedbot

You will need to link the account to your google account.

Next, I added the URL with feed addition. The Alexa skill is “Feed Bot – RSS Voice Reader ” which needs to be enabled and linked to your Amazon account. Once this is done you say ” Echo ( or whatever you use) ask Feed Bot to play my feed.” Then it should go through the news items listed on your website. You can also link Podcasts to it which is something Alexa is not particular good at but have not succeeded in that area yet.

You can add other feeds which are automatically updated as the website changes. This makes the process much more simpler to manage. Not as clear as a curated audio file but a good alternative and makes your site accessible for all. I would recommend that RSS feeds are put on your websites for specific content to be read out.

What is also quite cool is that if you stop and then restart it will go back to the last read news article . Articles are short and take a minute or so to read. No image codes or code read out.

NQT’s

After reading CanDoElla I felt it appropriate to give some information for NQT’s. As a part-time, external lecturer to Bath Spa University I often meet teachers to be and those working in education as fellow professionals. Without exception the knowledge of assistive technology or ICT SEN is little and sparse on the ground. Therefore I see it as vitally important that information gets out there. I am a Co-Director of the British Assistice Technology Association and our agenda is to raise the awareness of assistive technology in the UK. We run a free group for teachers and you are welcome to join . We run webinars and invite discussion about this topic of what new technologies can do to enable and empower pupils. To join click here

What can Assistive Technology/ICT SEND do?

Alternative methods of recording can enable dyslexics to have different methods to record with not just pen and paper which is an unsurmontable barrier for learning which makes the governments insistence on handwriting laughable if it weren’t so sadly tragic.

For those with  severe cerebral palsy it’s an impossibility to handwrite so using technology such as switches and joystick inputs along with eye gaze and other new technologies are opening up the world to many children who have been denied a means of expression by traditional means

For the autistic technology provides an avenue of communication that is non-threathening and motivating as well as finding a way into their special worlds which we should enter with their permission and not assume our approaches are welcome!

Finally, for those with sensory needs the advent of smart speakers are changing the leisure world of many blind or partially sighted users. Giving enjoyment and pleasure as well as communication means of accessing landlines and mobiles without the need for keypads.

Where do we find out about Assistive Technology/ ICT SEND ?

By looking at this site and others. I have a SENCO update page which would give NQT’s an avenue to find out about useful technology. I do seminars on “What you can get for little or no cost?” and ” Making the most of what you’ve got” as the reality at the moment is little finance in schools to buy things like eye-gaze systems. That may be changing let’s see. But systemic change in education will not occur by bringing in the bright shiny technology but by dedicated, hard working teachers like yourself who are committed to making a difference to a child;’s life no matter what the disability and barrier to learning they have.

Also, check out http://bataonline.org  There is a wealth of knowledge out there but since the demise of BECTA there hasn’t been a place for impartial advice and information to go to. BATA would like to be a current source as we represent suppliers and professionals. Also, take a look at NAACE’s website  They have useful information built up over years of advisory practise.

Finally, contact me here at this website. I’d be happy to come and speak to you and your staff team. I feel there is a huge skills gap in the kind of problem solving work I do as an Assistive Technologist working with schools and families. Sharing just small things of usefulness can change lives for the better. I am a firm believer of a can-do approach even in times of austerity you can still do something ( maybe not the best you could do but something postive!).

NQT’s should be energetic and willing to take on challenges being fresh out of training. If there is anything I can do to help you  – just ask!

Business Against Poverty

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Business Against Poverty are a charity that seeks to help business build with ethical values and standards. I have just joined having been inspired by a talk I heard at Corsham Referral Link.

If you feel, as I do, that we should conduct our business in a fair and equal way then consider becoming a member too.

https://businessagainstpoverty.com/