NEWS RELEASE 15 January 2018: Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment

Ground-breaking report on systemic barriers to employment A ground-breaking report is being launched on Monday January 22nd by the Westminster AchieveAbility Commission (WAC) and then released into the public domain. Over the period of a year, WAC has gathered evidence on systemic barriers to employment for millions of potential employees who are neurodivergent (i.e. dyslexic,… Continue Reading NEWS RELEASE 15 January 2018: Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment

Oral History Training/Volunteering opportunity: History of Place Project

History of Place is offering a day of oral history training at M Shed Bristol on 30th January, followed by flexible opportunities to volunteer until April, taking oral histories of disabled people in Bristol. Full details here: http://historyof.place/events/train-with-a-professional-from-the-oral-history-society/ Do pass this on to people who might like to take part – everyone is welcome, and we… Continue Reading Oral History Training/Volunteering opportunity: History of Place Project

Community Panel – volunteer opportunity

Staffordshire Museum is looking for enthusiastic people to help us to develop a new exhibition around the theme of ‘Childhood’. This community panel will work with us to create a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition for diverse audiences across Staffordshire. You can learn about the museum and the fantastic objects in our collection and have… Continue Reading Community Panel – volunteer opportunity

NEWS Update: Westminster AchieveAbility Commission (WAC) on recruitment and neurodivergence

For World Dyslexia Day (5 October) and Dyslexia Awareness Week (2 – 8 October), Westminster AchieveAbility Commission (WAC) have produced a media release which has important information for dyslexic and other neurodiverse adults in the workplace. The Media Release outlines the key findings of the two WAC surveys and the four evidence sessions and flags up… Continue Reading NEWS Update: Westminster AchieveAbility Commission (WAC) on recruitment and neurodivergence

Consultation Opportunity (Questionnaire) Dyslexia and the Impact of Managerial Practices Research

Hello, I’m trying to determine whether or not there is a relationship between managerial practices, and the impact on people with dyslexia regarding employment stability. The study involves the completion of a short questionnaire which is available online and will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Please click on the web link below to take… Continue Reading Consultation Opportunity (Questionnaire) Dyslexia and the Impact of Managerial Practices Research

Signly – a great app for sign language

Signly is an app which displays pre-recorded sign language videos on a user’s mobile, enabling better access to written content for d/Deaf sign language users.  Signly can be used for trails, posters, leaflets and forms. Information regarding the app and links are here    

NEWS: Reimagining the neurodiverse performance space – participants required

Culture Coventry are looking for participants in the following project: Summary Neuroaesthetics explores the synergy between the needs and interests of neurodiverse audiences, with the fascinations and performance modes utilised by live artists. Working in collaboration with young people who are largely non-verbal, with severe needs, the artists will be challenged to find meaningful points… Continue Reading NEWS: Reimagining the neurodiverse performance space – participants required

PRESS RELEASE : New boat for Para-Rowers at Marlow named after Rivertime Boat Trust co-founder Pat Davis

A donation of £2,500 from the Shanly Foundation has supported the purchase of a new boat for the Para-Rowers at Marlow Rowing Club. At a naming ceremony, organised by the Club on Sunday 7 May 2017, the Shanly Foundation unveiled the name for the boat. Inspired by one of the founders of the Rivertime Boat… Continue Reading PRESS RELEASE : New boat for Para-Rowers at Marlow named after Rivertime Boat Trust co-founder Pat Davis

PRESS RELEASE: Disabled anglers now able to fly fish for trout on Draycote Reservoir ~ The Wheelyboat Trust

Release date: 7 April 2017 The first wheelchair accessible Coulam 16 Wheelyboat at Draycote Reservoir in Warwickshire will be launched on Wednesday 12 April, following a successful fundraising campaign supported by Draycote Fly-Fishers Association and led by one of its members.  An established trout fishery for many years, Draycote Reservoir is a 600-acre lowland reservoir… Continue Reading PRESS RELEASE: Disabled anglers now able to fly fish for trout on Draycote Reservoir ~ The Wheelyboat Trust

Event: From Individual to Infrastructure: Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia

Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia is a conference by the British Dyslexia Association with Dyslexia STEM, kindly hosted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Friday, 28 April 2017 in Watford. This conference will explore how individuals can acquire the characteristics that successful individuals with dyslexia or related conditions, share. It will also look at how networks… Continue Reading Event: From Individual to Infrastructure: Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018

CALL FOR ARTISTS! Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year is looking artists to take part in the next series. Click on the link to apply and find out more (Deadline 3rdMarch 2017) https://www.skyartsartistoftheyear.tv/portrait You could win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. If you… Continue Reading Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018

Research into Issues for Adults with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties ~ Margaret Malpas

Over the last 12 months, I have been conducting some pilot research to identify issues and experiences of adults with dyslexia or related specific learning difficulties (SpLD).  The aim was to use the pilot to discover which characteristics were helpful to adults with dyslexia and other SpLD. I anticipated that topics which were very relevant… Continue Reading Research into Issues for Adults with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties ~ Margaret Malpas

Let’s Talk Accessibility by Barclays Access

Barclays Access have recently produced a video called ‘Let’s Talk Accessibility’. It shows how accessible service delivery and workplace does not necessarily mean for disabled people only.  Instead it shows how more inclusive practice can support more people and better service delivery for the organisation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIGTC1iJmnk

New resources links

We have brought together a number of resources relating to inclusive practice.  Take a look at our new links, if you know of any or would like to contribute to our website please contact us. Links page HERE or from main site’s menu.

Westminster AchieveAbility Commission into recruitment practice for dyslexic and neurodivergent people wants to hear from you.

Briefing Chaired by Barry Sheerman MP with Lord Addington as adviser, this Commission will investigate work related recruitment and build on existing research such as the recent ACAS report ‘Neurodiversity at Work’. The Commission will feed into the government goal of ‘Halving the Disability Employment Gap’ by 2020. As dyslexic people, and those who are… Continue Reading Westminster AchieveAbility Commission into recruitment practice for dyslexic and neurodivergent people wants to hear from you.

State of Museum Access ~ Vocaleyes

Disability Co-operative Network welcomes this important report on the State of Access in Museums in the United Kingdom by Vocaleyes We recognise with Vocaleyes there is some exciting and innovative work in museums, but there are still clear gaps to participation for disabled people, particularly people who are partially sighted or blind. Some key figures… Continue Reading State of Museum Access ~ Vocaleyes

Press Release: Goldhay Arts Christmas Show

Our group members have been working very hard on their Christmas Magic Show and have now set a date.  The show will be held on Tuesday, 6th December at 1.15pm here at the Cresset, Bretton Centre.  They will entertain the crown with a number of magic tricks plus a performance from our Monday morning singing… Continue Reading Press Release: Goldhay Arts Christmas Show

Press Release: New Book – The Incorrigibles ~ DASH

The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries http://dasharts.org/projects/the-incorrigibles-perspectives-on-disability-visual-arts-in-the-20th-and-21st-centuries.html The drive to produce this book grew out of issues raised within two of DASH’s recent projects: 1: Awkward Bastards took place in March 2015, the first in a series of conferences bringing together an array of speakers – including historians,… Continue Reading Press Release: New Book – The Incorrigibles ~ DASH