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CSV Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day aims to encourage everybody across the UK to try volunteering for a day. Last year, nearly 90,000 people took up the challenge to donate time to help others. Last year 1117 of activities organised were accessible to the disabled - and we're anticipating more for this year.

Make a Difference Day is a great way for the disabled and those with learning difficulties to meet new people, providing an invaluable opportunity to build cross community links and a greater understanding in the wider community.

Supported by Barclays
Saturday 30 October 2004
One day to change the UK!
To find out more call FREEPHONE 0800 284 533


[Posted 24th August 2004]




Learning Difficulties Media Survey

Learning Difficulties Media have released a nationwide survey aimed at transforming the relationship between the media and the 1 million people with learning difficulties. Click here for more information: http://www.tellus.org.uk/

[Posted 26th July 2004]


Have your say in Community Equipment Services in your Region!

Disabled Living Centres are community resource centres that provide information, advice and training facilities relating to Community Equipment Services. The project seeks to support the active involvement of disabled and older people within their communities.

We are currently looking for disabled people with any impairment and their parents/carers to get involved as volunteers. Members of the ethnic minority groups are also particularly welcome.

All expenses for travel and personal assistance needs will be covered.

If you would like to get involved in your local regional group or would like more information then please contact Annette French 0161 834 1044 or e-mail
annette@dlcc.org.uk

[Posted 12th July 2004]
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GRADES- The Graduate Recruitment Diversity Fair.

Grades





GRADES is a Graduate Recruitment Diversity Exhibition that is due to take place at the Camden Centre, London 27th & 28th October and at Leeds University on 3rd November 2004.

The GRADES series of events have already helped hundreds of undergraduates and Graduates in their search for a career and provides the perfect arena for students to meet with employers to discuss the Job opportunities that are available.

The aim of GRADES is to ensure that students from a diverse background are not discriminated against when looking for a career. Rather than positively discriminating against one particular target group GRADES ensure that support and assistance if offered to all irrespective of Gender Religion Age Disability Ethnicity or Sexuality.

Already many prestigious employers who are committed to targeting Diversity have confirmed their attendance at GRADES. For more information about the GRADES event contact
kirsty@recruitmentexhibitions.co.uk

[Posted 24th May 2004]
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Remploy target disabled graduates targeted for management training.

The UK’s largest employer of disabled people is targeting university students and graduates to boost the number of disabled people it employs in management and specialist positions.

Remploy is offering management posts and paid summer placements in range of disciplines from management to marketing and engineering for disabled students who want the chance to work in its manufacturing and employment operations.

Steve Scott, the Remploy Human Resources Consultant, responsible for the programme, says ‘We are looking for disabled students who graduate this summer and are interested in going into industry, to train them for management positions with the company.

They should preferably be taking degrees in business studies, management, engineering or chemical science’. ‘In addition we are offering paid summer placements for three months for ten disabled undergraduates.

They will have the chance to assist our managers with projects, experience life in a manufacturing environment and also be able to do undertake work which may help with their studies’. ‘We have a clear five year programme to increase the numbers of disabled people in Remploy management.

We want to move the company from being an organisation for disabled people to an organisation run by disabled people’. ‘We are interested in talking to students graduating across a range of disciplines including the bio-science skills appropriate for our expanding household toiletries production facilities.’

Successful candidates for the Remploy positions will work in Remploy’s manufacturing operations. which are spread throughout the country. There are over 80 Remploy factories employing about 6,000 people. About ninety percent are disabled.

They supply half the top British companies with a wide range of goods and services. Products include high-tech motor and electronic assemblies, school and college furniture, protective clothing for military and civil use and printing and packaging. Remploy’s growing presence in the service sector includes recycling of white goods and computers, office back-up services, and CCTV monitoring.

Its managed services division provides teams supporting the NHS and local councils as well as commercial companies. Graduates may also have the chance to work in Remploy’s Interwork division, which provides jobs and training in all parts of the economy.

Working closely with Government programmes like Workstep and NDDP, it assists about 4,000 people with a range of physical and mental disabilities into employment every year. In addition, it supports about 4,000 people in the employment of other organisations.
For further information

Steve Scott, Remploy 07977- 436279

Martin Adeney PR Associates 0208-348-0375

[Posted 24th May 2004]
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Research on provision for learners with special needs

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is undertaking a Strategic Area Review (StAR) of all the provision it funds. Provision for learners with special needs is a significant area that must be incorporated into the review.

We require a comprehensive picture of provision for learners with special needs, up to the age of 25, within the county. The study must bring together existing data and supplement it with information about the views of the learners to whom it relates, in order to provide a fuller picture of provision for Gloucestershire learners with special needs. It should include learners with emotional and behavioural difficulties and those with mental health problems. It is not intended that significant amounts of primary research will be necessary. Tenders will be required by midday on Thursday 29 April.

If you are interested in receiving an invitation to tender please contact Janet Rice at Gloucestershire LSC on janet.rice@lsc.gov.uk or 01452 450 007.

[Posted 23rd March 2004]
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New Deal for University Students With Dyslexia

Dyslexia specialists working in Higher Education in the UK have banded together to ensure a new deal for dyslexic university students. The newly-formed Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) had its beginnings in an informal meeting in 2002 when a few specialists gathered together in London for an informal chat about common concerns. Now, two years later, ADSHE will be officially launched at the British Dyslexia Association international conference at Warwick University on 28 March. ADSHE is already providing advice and support for colleagues, sharing best practice and participating in DfES working parties.

ADSHE's aim is to get the best deal for dyslexic students. Dyslexic students in Higher Education may struggle to read long texts, experience problems with memory, and have difficulties with spelling, punctuation, number or producing written work with ease. A specialist tutor, herself dyslexic, expressed her feelings about H.E. as being ' almost designed to highlight all the particular difficulties experienced by the person with dyslexia.' Students with dyslexia CAN and DO achieve degrees; ADSHE just aims to maximise their opportunities by promoting good practice at national level. Specialists will have a reference point for their concerns and a professional body to support them.

Recent legislation has underpinned the rights of students with disabilities, including dyslexia, to receive necessary support while studying in HE. However, there are wide variations throughout the country in the support available to dyslexic students in HE; achieving parity across the sector is a major goal of ADSHE.

Ellen Morgan, Chair of ADSHE and Dyslexia Support Co-ordinator at City University, expressed the enthusiasm of the association, 'ADSHE represents an exciting development in uniting the wide range of expertise of dyslexia specialists across the country, and is dedicated to ensuring that dyslexic students can achieve their full academic potential in the Higher Education sphere.'

Further information about ADSHE and membership application forms are available at www.adshe.org.uk

Contacts: Ellen Morgan, Chair, Tel: 020 7040 8907,
Heather Hardie, Membership Secretary, Tel: 07793 004 915

[Posted 19th March 2004]
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Help the Inland Revenue Give Away Money

The Inland Revenue has commissioned research to find out whether you know everything you need to know about tax. The truth is - it doesn't look like you do and , you might be missing out on hard-earned cash because of it.

But don't despair - all you need to do is check out Tax+U, the new online resource available at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk. Its online checker tells you if you're owed any tax, how to get it back, and a whole lot of other things which you really need to know.

Tax+U is a digital resource in the form of an e-brochure, setting out all the information most often asked for by students, in a digestible, interactive and highly visual format designed to be easy to use and to get you the answers you need, as quickly as you need them.

Student Champion for the Inland Revenue, Gerry Petherick, supports TAX&U:

"We know most students don't think tax has anything to do with them - but the truth is this means that many could be missing out. The e-brochure is designed to make it easy to find what you are looking for".

[Posted 15th March 2004]
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Skills for Access Project

I am coordinating a HEFCE funded project to develop a web-based resource that will provide guidance to e-learning and teaching staff on how to create accessible multimedia for learning and teaching. The aim of the project is to encourage academics, designers and other support staff to think widely and imaginatively about providing solutions to accessibility issues, and to counter the attitude that to cater for accessibility means reining-in on design flair and creative ideas. For more information about the project
please visit the project website
www.shef.ac.uk/sfa/

As part of the research we are doing we would like to hear from disabled students who have faced accessibility barriers when accessing multimedia or e-learning technologies. Multimedia technologies could include use of Flash, Websites, Video use, Audio use, PDF's, PowerPoint, Virtual learning environments etc.
We are looking for people who would be willing to demonstrate and/or talk about their experiences of using multimedia technologies and some of the demonstrations/case studies will appear in the final web-based resource.


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If you would like to take part in this phase of the project and have had some experience of accessibility problems in using multimedia or e-learning materials we would be very pleased to hear from you. I would be grateful if you would email me in the first instance with a description of your experiences and a contact email address and/or phone number.
We are able to travel around the UK to meet with people or will contact you by phone. Anonymity will be preserved if requested. We will also reimburse people for their time and any expenses incurred.
Please contact Sarah Stone, Project Coordinator. Email:
s.stone@shef.ac.uk

[Posted 29th August 2003]
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DRC's invitation to join "learning set" on administering medicine for pupils and students

The DRC is planning to create a "learning set" which will discuss the issue of administering medication to students in schools, further education and higher education, which is not covered by SENDA. This will address the concern that if no education or health staff will monitor, observe or administer medication, then it is highly likely that disabled learners will be excluded from education. The learning set will discuss the problems areas, share Best Practice and produce web-based or printed guidance on this subject.

The DRC is looking for volunteer representatives from schools, further education and higher education to take part in this project. This will involve attending two meetings (the first will be in Manchester in September), contributing to Best Practice Guidance and promoting the equal participation of disabled learners in education.

To find out more, or register your interest, please contact Alison Blake at the DRC via email: alison.blake@drc-gb.org.

[Posted 7th August 2003]
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The RITE research project

The RITE research project is a three year joint initiative between the DARE Foundation and the ACE (Aiding Communication in Education) Centre. It is investigating the transition from school to Further and Higher Education and independent adulthood for young people with complex physical and/or communication needs. Additionally, it is evaluating the human and economic costs for the young adults, their parents and the State when support and services are inadequate and transition fails to lead to independent adulthood. The RITE project involves people aged 16-40 who have complex physical and/or communication needs, have the academic potential to study for mainstream qualifications in Further and/or Higher Education, and who use assistive technology for mobility, communication, or to access computers. We need to hear from you to find out about your experiences of transition, and your parents to get their perspective. Please contact Dr Charlotte Rustin on 01273 691911 or
charlotterustin@darefoundation.org
[Posted 23rd July 2003]

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CHESS

The Consortium of Higher Education Support Services with Deaf Students is a forum for those interested in increasing choice, access and quality of provision for deaf and hearing impaired students entering and undergoing Higher Education. Through the use of an e-mail discussion list and a series of meetings people can raise issues, questions and find support. Whether established or wanting to set in motion support, whether a student, a member of staff or simply someone who shares it's aims, CHESS welcomes your contribution.
[Updated 21st July 2003]

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Disabled Students' Allowances - quality assurance
The Quality Assurance Group, set up by the DfES following Skill's research into the administration of Disabled Students' Allowances, is working towards the establishment of a quality assurance framework for assessors and assessment centres. To comment on proposals for the framework, visit www.dfes.gov.uk
[posted 21st February 2003]

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LDA and ADP launch Greater London Initiative for Disabled Entrepreneurs (GLIDE)


The London Development Agency and the Association for Disabled Professionals have launched a new scheme - GLIDE. GLIDE will help disabled entrepreneurs through advice and guidance, and will help disabled people develop new businesses and support existing ventures. The scheme is entirely funded by the LDA and offers a web-based support network which will:
  • identify sources of funding and support,
  • provide networking opportunities amongst self-employed disabled people and those setting up business,
  • sign post opportunities for accessible training and development,
  • identify and share good practice about self employment and small business management with disabled people, and
  • look at strategic issues in this area.
GLIDE will form the London branch of the national Disabled Entrepreneurs Network (DEN), and is the first regional branch to be launched.
The website is
www.glideonline.org. For further information and case studies, contact Jane Ball at the LDA:
020 7954 4552 or
janeball@lda.gov.uk
[posted 17th February 2003]


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