Disability laws, adapted Lego, and Downing Street – Disability in the news

Danish toy manufacturer Lego have designed braille bricks. These bricks have raised bumps which correspond to characters of the braille alphabet. Lego will be making these bricks available free of charge to schools and institutions working closely with blind and visually impaired children. These bricks are currently available in 20 countries across the World, including… Read More Disability laws, adapted Lego, and Downing Street – Disability in the news

Shielding and taking people at face value – Disability in the news

This article in the Guardian is an interesting read. Alex explains he is in constant pain due to a long-standing back condition yet struggles with the idea of using the term ‘disability’.    He mentioned things that students have said to me time and again: the importance of taking people at face value, visual disabilities… Read More Shielding and taking people at face value – Disability in the news

An underused scheme and a determined job seeker – Disability in the news

1 in 5 of the UK working age population are disabled. Yet, last year, only around 35,000 people applied for Access to Work (AtW). That’s less than 1% of the disabled workforce. This is partially explained by the following: most workplace adjustments don’t cost any money to implement it could be that the adjustment needed… Read More An underused scheme and a determined job seeker – Disability in the news

Paralympics, YouTube and fashion models – Disability in the news

Classification has long been a contentious issue within Paralympic sports. Recent news stories have circulated about wheelchair basketball athletes who have been affected by rule changes, ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics: https://www.itv.com/thismorning/articles/the-paralympians-told-theyre-not-disabled-enough-to-compete Working in Universities, we are very mindful of the need for webinars and meetings to be accessible for all. Community captions have been… Read More Paralympics, YouTube and fashion models – Disability in the news

Face masks, video games, and Hollywood – Disability in the news

Wearing face coverings on public transport in England is, for now, the new reality. But, where are all the transparent face masks? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/16/charities-for-deaf-people-call-for-more-see-through-face-masks https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52764355 Given we are using video platforms (Teams, Zoom, Panopto, Blackboard Collaborate etc.), more and more in our day-to-day life, it’s important that we are aware the platforms’ accessibility features. As a… Read More Face masks, video games, and Hollywood – Disability in the news

Five questions for Helen Cooke, CEO & Founder of MyPlus

Helen, what 3 tips would you give to an employer who is trying to attract more disabled applicants?  Engaging with students / recent graduates who have a disability isn’t hard, however employers need to be proactive and to position themselves as employers of choice to this talent pool by: 1. Articulating the organisation’s approach to… Read More Five questions for Helen Cooke, CEO & Founder of MyPlus