In the award-winning BBC 2 series, Employable Me, inspiring people prove that having a neurological condition shouldn’t make them unemployable. Last night’s show featured 26-year-old Alan, who has high-functioning autism, and 46-year-old Erica, with Asperger Syndrome.
To help them prepare for work, and to support them whilst in work, the Employable Me team gave them Brain in Hand.
We caught up with Alan and Erica to find out about the challenges they faced starting work, the difference Brain in Hand has made, and their plans for the future. See what they had to say – watch the video below.
Brain in Hand is available for students at university and is funded through the Disabled Students Allowance – get in touch with the Disability Advisory Service if you want more information.
Microsoft is taking a step forward on our journey to make our products more accessible and empower people with disabilities with the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Our teams have been working tirelessly to build inclusive content and expand the usability of core accessible features. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update delivers a ton of new features and experiences, some of which are mind blowing!
Source: Microsoft takes step forward empowering people with disabilities with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update | LinkedIn
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!
Read more at: DYSLEXIA SUCCESS: A Survival Guide for Dyslexic Students studying in Higher Education | Sarah Chapman
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.
Find out more at: EquatIO Math Writing Software. A Digital Math Tool For Teachers & Students Of All Abilities | Texthelp
Your time is valuable and there are hundreds of tools that claim to help you make the most of it. Some are genuinely useful but others add needless complexity to your day, introducing new systems that force you to change the way you work rather than adapting to suit you.
Read more at: The time management software that actually works | TechRadar
Microsoft has been testing a number of text-to-speech features in Word over the years, but it’s finally found a solid way to implement the feature. In the latest Office 365 updates this month, the software giant is enabling a new Read Aloud feature in Word. It’s similar to the existing Read Mode that was introduced in December, but it now includes the ability to easily change speed and voice, while interacting with text or highlights and making edits in real-time.
The new options to interact with text while Word is reading text aloud mean the feature is more finely tuned towards users with dyslexia. Reading the text aloud makes it easier to spot and correct mistakes, and the option will also help those who just want to proof read a document. Read Aloud is probably a feature you’ll want to use with your headphones, and it’s now available in the review tab for Office 365 testers, with general availability to everyone later this year.
Source: Microsoft Word now reads text aloud to help people with dyslexia – The Verge