Neurodiversity can be a huge advantage for companies, yet people on the spectrum have often been marginalised. Now some firms are specifically seeking them out. Is this a crucial turning point?
Dyslexia has nothing to do with your intelligence, the colour of your skin or your family background. It is just how your brain works. Your way is not the wrong way, just different. Too many people wrongly assume that dyslexia is just a ‘reading and writing problem’, dyslexics are lazy/stupid or don’t work/try hard enough… This is not the case! It is only a problem if you allow it to be! The traits associated with each and every dyslexic are entirely unique and you will therefore have your own individual challenges as well as a range of strengths that will not only allow you to thrive at university, but will make you a force to be reckoned with in your professional career!
Huge advancements have been made in education around the teaching of pupils with dyslexia. Teachers are more keenly aware of both when a diagnosis may be necessary and of the techniques required to enhance the dyslexic student’s progress. However, it often strikes me that the strategies we use for dyslexic pupils are fundamental for the learning of all. If we taught every pupil as if they were dyslexic, literacy rates might rise.
Read more at: Why we should teach all pupils as if they have dyslexia
Google is trying to improve the wheelchair-accessibility information in Google Maps, following a 125,000-signature-strong petition calling on it to do so.
Struggling to concentrate, having too much energy and being unable to control behaviour – the main manifestations of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – have been linked to disruptions in sleep.
Read more at: Disturbed sleep patterns may be key to ADHD, study finds
Documentary examining the ‘zero suicide’ approach to prevention first devised in Detroit and now changing attitudes to care in the UK.
Source: BBC Radio 4 – The Edge of Life
Pretty soon, lots of teenagers will be receiving their A-level and BTEC results and find out if they will go to their preferred choice of university. I can remember how exciting and also nerve-wracking it felt to go to university for the first time. If you are deaf like me I think it can be even more so: will it be easy to follow the lectures? Will I make friends? Is communication going to be a problem?
The results of a two-year pilot study evaluating the effectiveness a tailored mentoring scheme had in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young adults aged 16-24 with Asperger syndrome (AS) or high functioning autism (HFA) have now been published.
See http://www.researchautism.net/cygnet-project for the results of the study.
Has voice control finally come of age? While I’ve been barking voice commands at my Amazon Echo for a while now, and using voice-activated assistants such as Siri on my smartphone for even longer, I hadn’t really considered how far voice recognition has come in recent years.
Read more at: Have I been wrong about voice recognition? | TechRadar
texthelp are releasing a new product which aims to take the pain out of creating mathematical expressions digitally.
EquatIO is a stand alone product that can be used in conjunction with Read&Write to read out equations it creates.