Monthly Archives May 2016

Hidden Accessibility

The purpose of this course is to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring that your electronic information is accessible to screen-reading software designed for people with a visual impairment who are unable to see the screen or use a mouse or other pointing device. Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) www.saifscotland.org.uk FREE On-line Training
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Accessible Information Awareness

The purpose of this course is to raise awareness about good practice in producing information that is accessible to its intended audience. Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) www.saifscotland.org.uk FREE On-line Training
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Inclusive Communication

Inclusive Communication is a new one day training course. It builds on the learning from SCLD’s Easy Read Basics course. We recommend that you have attended this or a similar course before coming on Inclusive Information. The aim of this course is to make inclusive information that looks appealing and can be used for paper documents and web pages. This course runs from 10am – 4.30pm What the course covers: Together we will: Review the basics of putting together easy read information Break down difficult ideas into easy read language Put difficult information into easy read format Design information that
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Easy Read Basics

This is a practical course which goes through all the steps involved in creating easy to understand information. What you learn on the day you can put into practice the next. You can download the flyer for this course here…. What the course covers: What accessible information is and why we need it How to involve your audience when creating accessible information How to format easy to read information How to use words, pictures and photos in easy to understand information What resources are available to help you make your own easy to understand information Scottish Commission for Learning Disability
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Working together

In Scotland there is a movement of disabled people and their organisations, including Access Panels, which aim to work together to overcome these barriers. They also aim to help service providers to get better at what they do. There are many laws, regulations, policies and standards which aim to ensure that service providers work to remove these barriers but there are gaps in the law and what duties there are do not always get met. Access Panels are groups of disabled people who can help service providers get better at meeting their duties and working to ensure that all disabled
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The basic rights of independent living

Human rights and rights to independent living mean that disabled people should have access to the right support and practical assistance, at the right time, in order to participate in society. This support includes things like access to education and employment, accessible and adapted housing, technical aids, communication support, information, advocacy, personal assistance and full access to transport and the built environment and rights to equal citizenship and to participate in society.
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The Scottish Government’s Commitment to Independent Living

The Scottish Government is committed to delivering equality and human rights for disabled people across Scotland by addressing independent living. The rights to independent living are enshrined within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the Human Rights Act 1998, and the Equality Act 2010. The UNCRPD is an international human rights agreement written by and for disabled people. It states that disabled people have and should enjoy the same human rights as everyone else. Scotland’s approach to implementing the Convention complements the Scottish Government’s existing work to promote disability equality and independent living for
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Equality Act 2010

Equality Act 2010 The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up an Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises legislation to provide Britain with a discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. The nine main pieces of legislation that have merged are: the Equal Pay Act 1970 the Sex Discrimination Act 1975
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United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights agreement written by and for disabled people. It is for people who have a long-term physical, mental, learning or sensory impairment who may face barriers to participating equally in society. The Convention places obligations on the UK and Scottish Governments to take steps to make sure disabled people enjoy their human rights in the same way as others. Disabled people and the Commissions play an important role to protect, promote and monitor the implementation of these rights. If you, your family members or friends
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Social Model

The Social Model has been developed by disabled people in response to the Medical Model and the impact this has on their daily lives. Under the Social Model, disability is caused by the society in which we live and is not the ‘fault’ of an individual disabled person, or an inevitable consequence of their limitations. Disability is the product of the physical, organisational and attitudinal barriers present within society, which lead to discrimination. The removal of discrimination requires a change of approach and thinking in the way in which society is organised. The Social Model takes account of disabled people
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