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COVID-19: Hearing Aid Batteries and Public Libraries Support

COVID-19: Hearing Aid Batteries and Public Libraries Support The following information relates to provisions for those who collect hearing aid batteries from public libraries as many have closed due to COVID-19 measures.   In some places, libraries are being used as the venues for Community Hubs, so batteries are being distributed as part of an overall package of support from these venues.  In most cases, libraries are looking for the NHS audiology departments to assist. The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) has confirmed that although the distribution process for hearing aid differs between local authorities, SLIC have assured the Scottish
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COVID-19: Easy Read Guidance on Working From Home

COVID-19: Easy Read Guidance on Working From Home Disability Equality Scotland has produced information in Easy Read about working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Easy Read is an accessible format that makes written information easier to understand by using simple, jargon-free language, shorter sentences and supporting images. Download the PDF documents: Working from Home Advice Virtual Meetings The documents have been converted to Easy Read from original guidance produced by Dorothy McKinney Ltd.
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COVID-19: NHS Scotland BSL Videos

COVID-19: NHS Scotland BSL Videos NHS Scotland has produced a series of videos using British Sign Language (BSL) explaining the steps you can take to help avoid infection from coronavirus (COVID-19) and self-isolation advice.  How to avoid coronavirus (COVID-19) Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest advice
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COVID-19: Disability Equality Scotland Produce Information and Guidance in Easy Read

COVID-19: Disability Equality Scotland Produce Information and Guidance in Easy Read It is vital that information about the COVID-19 pandemic is available to the public in a variety of formats to meet people’s varying accessibility requirements. Examples of accessible formats include: Easy Read, audio, British Sign Language, braille, clear print, plain text. At Disability Equality Scotland we produce information in Easy Read, an accessible format that makes written information easier to understand. The Easy Read format uses simple, jargon-free language, shorter sentences and supporting images. We have produced a wellbeing guide, which provides links to useful information on how to maintain good mental
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Patients with sight loss still receive healthcare information in inaccessible format, report finds

Blind and partially sighted people still struggle to receive healthcare information in accessible formats, new research by sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has found. “This can put patients at risk of missing treatment as well as being confused or misinformed about their healthcare needs,” report author Laura Jones warns.  “The NHS, itself, puts great emphasis on the cost, in money and time, of missed appointments to over-burdened clinics. So giving patients accessible information makes sense. “More worryingly, as many sight loss conditions are progressive, any delays in treatment could mean unnecessary deterioration in sight.” The report, released today, also highlights
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Participatory Budgeting in Scotland

Participatory Budgeting in Scotland A short video highlighting the benefits of Participatory Budgeting with British Sign Language and subtitles. Participatory Budgeting is about local people having a direct say in how public money is spent. PB in Scotland (with BSL & subtitles) from Annie Cook on Vimeo. For more information about Participatory Budgeting visit: www.pbscotland.scot
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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) accessible customer communications needs survey

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) accessible customer communications needs survey The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to improve www.gov.uk.  They are focussing on helping customers with a disability who need the DWP to adjust the way they communicate. The DWP has created a survey about this.  It will only take a few minutes to complete. Survey closes on 9 February 2020For more information, please contact: cat.communicationsurvey@dwp.gsi.gov.uk
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Political Parties Must Do More to Produce Information in Accessible Formats

Political Parties Must Do More to Produce Information in Accessible Formats In the latest poll by Disability Equality Scotland, the majority of respondents (85%) felt that political parties do not do enough to make their manifestos available in accessible formats. A manifesto is a publication issued by a political party before a General Election. It contains the set of policies that the party stands for and would wish to implement if elected to govern.  The Electoral Commission published a report entitled “Elections for Everyone”, which highlights the challenges disabled people face during an election and what improvements can be made to make elections more inclusive
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Humans of Scotland book launches in accessible formats

The ALLIANCE “Humans of Scotland” book has launched a version in braille and as an audio book in partnership with Royal Blind. Remarkable in their honesty, the stories are a heartfelt contribution to our understanding of what it means to live with significant challenges from recovering from mental illness and addiction to life after cancer, coping with hearing and sight loss to living with arthritis as a young mum, among many other subjects. The braille book and audio book can be accessed online at www.royalblind.org or by contacting the Scottish Braille Press on 0131 662 4445
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NHS Dumfries and Galloway: Service Introduction

NHS Dumfries and Galloway: Service Introduction Health facilitators in Dumfries and Galloway have produced a short animated film to support adults with an Intellectual disability to access mainstream health services.  View the video below: 
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