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RNIB Solutions to reading

Solutions to reading

  • Are you partially sighted or blind?

  • Would you like to know how to carry on reading?

RNIB and Blind in Business invite you to their exciting exhibition, Solutions to reading

Date: Monday 13 August 2007
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: RNIB
105 Judd Street

Try out the latest in:

  • Closed-circuit televisions (video magnifiers)

  • Stand-alone scanners

  • Talking books and newspapers

  • Daisy players

  • Large print

  • Braille and Moon

  • OCR software

For more information please contact:

Dan Mitchell, Blind in Business
Telephone 020 7588 1885

Paresh Jotangia, RNIB
Telephone 020 7391 2187

[Posted July 2007]

Diversity in Teaching

The School of Education at the University of Durham is carrying out a research study, funded by the Training and Development Agency for schools (TDA), into successful strategies for recruiting people with disabilties onto initial teacher training courses. The research team are keen to hear views on all aspects of the recruitment and professional qualification process, particularly any difficulties experienced or examples of good practice.

If you

  • have a disability (declared or undeclared) and

  • are currently on an initial teacher qualification course or have just completed one, or

  • you applied for a teacher training course (whether or not you were successful in gaining a place or completing the course)

you are invited to complete an online questionnaire. All responses will be treated confidentially and you can remain anonymous if you wish. There will be 2 prizes of £50 Amazon vouchers to be won by a random draw from those completing the survey and supplying contact details.

If you do not fall into the survey categories but would like to make your views on this issue known please contact the research team:

Dr Barbara Riddick or Dr Sue Beverton 

Research Co-directors
Durham University
School of Education

People with disabilities were involved in the design and piloting of the web survey.

[Posted July 2007]

Research into Autism Spectrum Disorders - volunteers wanted

A research group at the University of Oxford is carrying out a study into brain structure and connections in people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). They are looking for male volunteers, aged between 20-45 years who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. All participants will be paid for their time.

Interested in taking part?


Rose Stewart
Telephone: 01865 226383

[Posted July 2007]

Dyslexia Action internships 

Dyslexia Action launches its summer internship scheme again this year, hosted by the Fundraising Department and the Marketing and Communications Department.

Full details

[Posted July 2007]

What is Giftshare?

Maybe you know someone who has a real and urgent need for something they can't afford to buy or obtain through existing grants and benefits. Instead of giving the usual token birthday gifts, why not use giftshare - a new, simple way to invite families and friends to pool resources and contribute to an aid for communication, learning or travel, for example, that could transform life for someone with impairments. Or maybe you'd just like to support a struggling student's finances. With the assistance of the promoters, Bmycharity, there’s no limit to the potential items you can obtain. And it doesn’t have to be a luxury gift from an upmarket department store..

Look at for an inspiring example. It takes seconds to set up your own giftshare site and start promoting it. Or you could support Skill's needs on

[Posted April 2007]

Count Me In campaign

Count me in

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has launched the Count Me In campaign.

Count Me In aims to raise the profile of disability sport in the run up to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic
Games. It wants to see extended access to sport and physical activity for disabled people, and to encourage sports providers to commit to giving disabled people equal rights and opportunities.

Big sporting names like Ade Adepitan, Sir Trevor Brooking, Darren Campbell, Linford Christie, Duncan Goodhew, Colin Jackson, Dame Kelly Holmes, Danny Mills, Ian Rose, Uriah Rennie, Tessa Sanderson, Iwan Thomas and Marc Woods are backing the campaign and over 6,000 people have signed up so far. But the target is over 10,000 supporters by March 2007.

Can you help give disability sport a bigger voice? Add your name to the campaign by going to and clicking on Register your support

[Posted Febuary 2007]

LINK's annual convention

LINK's annual convention promises to be another big event packed with useful information and plenty of opportunities to socialise, network and visit the exhibitors’ stands.

Date: Saturday 22nd September 2007

Venue: Imperial College, London

Theme: “APHL*: How aware is your community?”
*(Acquired Profound Hearing Loss)

Guest Speaker: Mr John Graham, ENT Surgeon (tbc)

Tickets (must be bought in advance): £15 non members; £10 members – price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day

Details of the programme will be announced on LINK's website and free magazine in due course.
LINK is the UK's leading charity for adults with acquired profound hearing loss, active in rehabilitation and training, campaigning and lobbying, research and community development.

[Posted April 2007]

Friendship Phone Network

The Friendship Phone Network is a new befriending service for older people living in the Finsbury Park area of London. It will provide a 'listening ear' to elderly people in need of support, as well as information about local and national services. This is mainly a telephone-based scheme and may be an ideal opportunity for a volunteer with mobility difficulties.

To volunteer or for more information about the scheme contact Avril Baker on 020 7561 5264 or email

[Posted Febuary 2007]

Give More, Get More, Volunteer

This campaign highlights the many exciting opportunities available for volunteering in your community. It is especially aimed at people with no formal qualifications, disabled people and those from ethnic minorities.

To get involved call 0800 0681 800, visit or go to your local Volunteer Centre.

Consultations - charity law and funding
This section contains Skill's responses to consultations concerning charity law and funding issues...

HEFCE's disability equality scheme - are you willing to become involved?

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges in England; this amounted to around £6.5 billion for academic year 2005-06.

HEFCE is currently drafting its Disability Equality Scheme. We would like to invite disabled people to help us write our scheme so that we can ensure that HEFCE's policies, practices and procedures reflect your needs and priorities.

We would also like to know what disabled people think about HEFCE and what you think our priorities for action in higher education should be.

If you would be willing to help us shape our disability equality scheme and ensure that we are working proactively towards disability equality in the higher education sector, please contact Amy Norton by email on or by telephone on 0117 931 7316. HEFCE's website address is

When you contact us, please say whether you would like to come to a meeting with us, or to be involved via email or post only. The involvement process will be fully accessible. Meetings will be facilitated, and any reasonable expenses and costs you incur as a result of becoming involved will be reimbursed.

As HEFCE's involvement process is ongoing, there is no deadline for contacting us. Involvement of disabled people in this work will be long-term, starting with an initial facilitated workshop in May 2006.

[Posted 19th May 2006]

On-line mentoring scheme for female students and graduates

An exciting new ESF-funded project, Fempowerment 2, aims to support and empower female students and undergraduates who may experience difficulties in developing their career due to their gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious belief or social status, through access to online mentoring.

Are you a disabled graduate? Do you know a disabled graduate who might be willing to share their views about transition from, and life after university?

Take part in an on-line survey about how well prepared you feel you were.

[Posted 6th Febuary 2006]

Calling all London based final year students or recent graduates with autism or Asperger syndrome.
Prospects Transitions project offers a flexible package of pre-employment training, job tasters, support with job-finding and in the workplace to those living and seeking work in London. For further information Click here.

[Posted 14th December 2005]

RNID Guide

'Is University for you? a guide for deaf students' was developed as part of the Headstart project which was funded by Barclays and delivered by RNID in partnership with the Universities of Central Lancashire, Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield University.

The guide is free and is available as a video, cd-rom or dvd. To order a free copy, contact the RNID Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (tel), 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or 0207 296 8199 (fax).

[Posted 21st December 2004]

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