Over two million people in the UK have a visual impairment, and employment opportunities for this huge cohort are still woefully inadequate. For many people with disabilities however, finding employment that matches their skills and experience is often not the end of discriminatory employment practice, but the beginning.
From iSight Cornwall
As the Chief Executive of an independent sight loss charity, and registered blind for many years, I appreciate first-hand the crucial role the RoomMate has in transforming, formerly inaccessible, community areas into accessible spaces that can be enjoyed by visually impaired and sighted people alike. Moreover, aside from its primary function, an added bonus of the RoomMate is that it provides an interesting focal point to a room; generating thought-provoking discussions and commentary, thereby raising awareness in the general public regarding the barriers faced by visually impaired people on a daily basis. Since installing a RoomMate at our charity offices we frequently receive praise and positive remarks from visitors, both VIPs and sighted, who use the facility. For me, the question is not why does an organisation need a RoomMate, but why would they not want one?
Last month my Daughter, Daisy 10, was selected to represent Team GB in the Laser run World Championships being held in Dublin on 28th September. After the initial excitement had worn off we realised that it would not be a cheap trip so we set up a Just Giving crowdfunding page and started raising the money.
A recent post about discrimination by disability groups themselves caught our eye as it included a link to a court decision from 2014 where a group of disabled theatre goers were charged double for the opportunity to see Bill Bailey. Why double? Read on..
In my lifetime technology has ripped apart many of the absolutes that I was taught at school and subsequently grew up with.
The Queen Alexandra College organises exhibitions that showcase technology and currently run both the Sight Village & Autism Central. We travelled up to Sandy Park, home of the Exeter Chiefs to spread the news about RoomMate, meet some new and some familiar faces and see what else is going on in the tech world.
Believe it or not I think it starts when we’re kids. Remember when your parents asked/told/ordered (delete where appropriate) you to do something that you weren’t really a fan of, or couldn’t see the point of? It got done, eventually, but probably not very well, or quickly and only because of the threat of some sanction or restriction of liberty by the our parents. So fast forward to the here and now and not much will have changed for many of us.
Spring has sprung and with it comes our latest offering of our news; where and who have been fitting RoomMates including a number of new 'Firsts' which are very exciting. We hope you enjoy and remember, to see how RoomMates are spreading across the UK have a look at our map 'Find A RoomMate'.
I don't know about you but we seem to be constantly getting contacted by social media gurus trying to sell us their services. Most would have us believe that in this age of digital media, where much of our news is found via the internet, that distributing our company’s news via social media alone is all we need to do to reach our audience.
PRESS RELEASE *** Birmingham Airport has become the first airport on the UK mainland to fit the revolutionary RoomMate, an audio description unit for the visually impaired, in one of their disabled access toilets.
This is a guest post by Vicky & Dave at VIDA Training. VIDA Training provides professional bespoke training and consultancy services across London and the South East, specialising in Vision Impairment and Disability Awareness, Communication and Team Building.