Monthly Archives May 2016

Improve your learning…

Listed below are training courses specifically designed to improve areas in developing awareness and understanding in Inclusive Communications.  
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Case Study: Access for all – it’s all of our business!

In the 2011 census around 1 million people living in Scotland reported that their day-to-day activities were limited by a long-term health problem or disability. This means that the current ‘Access All Areas’ campaign being led by the Largs and Millport News affects a significant number of people. Then remember that this campaign is also aimed at older people and parents with push chairs. That adds a few more people who might benefit. If we then consider that communication access is just as important as physical access, adding people with communication support needs means even more people benefit from this campaign.
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Share your experience…

The blogs below have been written from personal experience. The Case Studies are about the experiences of disabled employees and also employers employing a disabled person. Please contact us to share your own story, to help others understand the challenges and how to overcome them.
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Case Study: Social connections – the key to access

In my first column about the Access for All campaign, I asked a provocative question: ‘…what would be the point of gaining physical access to a restaurant if you can’t read any of the menus?’ Perhaps, I could have asked what would be the point of gaining physical access to any building, if the lack of accessible information meant you didn’t know anything about the services that were offered inside. Of course, this question can be answered in many ways and Zoe Mclean last week highlighted the valuable advice that Access Panels give in making sure any building or service
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Case Study: Getting support to develop inclusive communication

The Access for All campaign is attracting wide support from many different people and organisations but where is it you can go for advice and support?  Previous columns have highlighted simple steps all of us can take to make any business, service or even our own interactions with people more inclusive. In this article I will highlight where you can get additional information, advice and support around inclusive communication. This will not be an exhaustive list because there are many individuals and organisations who can give excellent advice and support depending on the type of question that you have. However,
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Case Study: Joe, Researcher

Joe M., 27, applied for a position within a well known marketing firm. Joe has a hearing impairment, and had been looking for a position which would allow him to use his abilities in online work whilst accommodating his disability. Within the application form, there was no ‘Guaranteed Interview Scheme’ box, so Joe informed them of his disability within his personal statement. Having made it to interview, Joe was asked by email what he needed in order to attend the interview. The marketing firm were honest in telling him that they had no experience of providing communication support and openly
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Back to basics : what is a disability?

According to the Equality Act 2010  you are disabled if you ‘have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities’. It’s actually not quite as clear cut as that due to different rules around fluctuating and long-term conditions (eg., arthritis) but this is currently the wording used to inform decision-making at a policy level.  This covers many endogenous, mental health, developmental, congenital and trauma related disorders and conditions, from a learning disability to depression; MS to heart failure; a hearing impairment to Crones Disease. For many employers,
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