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Blog: deafscotland

deafscotland At deafscotland we have been working to reshape our work to take a human rights approach. We want to understand how a rights-based, person-centred approach can help those affected by deafness reach equality of access and citizenship, particularly when looking at the social model of disability. We work across the spectrum of deafness and use the term “four pillars of deafness” to describe the specific communication and language barriers that deaf people face: www.deafscotland.org. Deaf people, like their hearing peers, also face the barriers caused by difference, for example through other disability, race, and gender.   We noticed that communication
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Blog: Talking Mats

Talking Mats Talking Mats turns 21 on the 15 August 2019! The initial idea for Talking Mats came out of a research project. The founder, Joan Murphy worked as a research speech and language therapist at the University of Stirling. Joan was joined by her colleague, Lois Cameron and in 2011 they established Talking Mats Social Enterprise. Talking Mats is an evidence-based tool with over 130 publications highlighting the effectiveness and impact of using a visual communication framework. The Talking Mats team are passionate about Inclusive Communication. They work to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing
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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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Blog: Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded Scottish War Blinded support ex-servicemen and women with sight loss – no matter when or how they lost their sight. The charity’s highly experienced rehabilitation team works closely with veterans living with a vision impairment, providing expert advice and training to enable members to live as independently as possible –despite sight loss. Specialist equipment, from electronic magnifiers, canes and tablets, to talking clocks, watches and cooking aids, can be provided free-of-charge to members. There are also 15 Scottish War Blinded outreach workers located across Scotland, providing one-to-one support to veterans with a vision impairment in their region.
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Blog: The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability –www.scld.org.uk is excited to announce that Scotland’s Learning Disability Week 2019 – www.scld.org.uk/learning-disability-week-2019 will take place from Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May. This year’s theme is ‘community’ – whoever we are and where ever in Scotland we live, we can all be part of a community. SCLD want to celebrate the contribution and involvement of people with learning disabilities in communities all over Scotland and are asking people, groups and communities to get involved by organising their own ‘Communi-Tea Party’. You can order a ‘Get Involved’ pack
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Blog: Ideas for Ears – Hearing Access – What it is

Ideas for Ears: Hearing Access – what it is Hearing access recognises the fundamental importance of people being able to chat, discuss and follow the spoken word.  It is about making hearing and following conversation and audible information more possible for more people. It is crucial for ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion. The practical application of hearing access encompasses:   provision of the right audio equipment (PA systems, hearing loops, microphones) and ensuring they are set up and used appropriately and effectively creation of environments where noise and acoustics are managed so noise levels don’t build and sound doesn’t echo and
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Blog: Dyslexia Scotland

Dyslexia Scotland It is estimated that 1 in 10 people has dyslexia.  Dyslexia exists in all cultures and across the range of abilities and backgrounds. Dyslexia often runs in the family. There is no ‘cure’ but lots of practical things can help overcome some of the barriers it presents. Dyslexia is a learning ‘difference’, which means that the brain can approach things in a different way to other people. Dyslexia can affect the way people communicate, and is different for everyone. It is not just about reading and writing and it has nothing to do with intelligence. Dyslexia is classed
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Blog: British Deaf Association Scotland

Blog: British Deaf Association Scotland The British Deaf Association (BDA) stands for Deaf Equality, Access, and Freedom of Choice. It is important to the BDA that Deaf people should have the right to choose to sign or speak or both without sanction and without obstacles. Equality means that Deaf people are able to access information and support in their preferred language, and have the same opportunities to achieve the same life outcomes as hearing people. Recognition of British and Irish Sign Languages in legislation is essential to raising awareness, recognition and respect to achieve equality of access and opportunity for Deaf people. We
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Disability Equality Scotland scoops prize celebrating Inclusive Communication

Disability Equality Scotland scoops prize celebrating Inclusive Communication Disability Equality Scotland is celebrating its recent success at the Sensory and Equality Awards 2019, held in Glasgow on Friday 15 March 2019.     The Awards followed a successful conference held jointly by deafscotland and Disability Equality Scotland to showcase inclusive communication and ensuring that communication really is for all. We were runner-up in the category ‘Multi-sensory and inclusive communication approach to communication in Scotland’ which was sponsored by STV Signpost. Scottish Parliament Public Information and Resources won the category. We were acknowledged for our work in promoting inclusive communication.  As hosts
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1st Anniversary of AAC legislation #NowHearMe

1st Anniversary of AAC legislation #NowHearMe 19 March 2019 marks the 1st year anniversary of the commencement of legislation to provide communication equipment and support in using that equipment. The introduction of this equipment has helped children and adults, from all care groups, who have lost their voice or have difficulty speaking. The responsibility to deliver the duty is held by Health Boards. What’s happened this year? To support delivery of the legislative duty a suite of tools have been developed: Guidance on the Provision of Communication Equipment and Support in using that equipment – this provides practical information on the
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