On Writing Prompts

I was asked for my thoughts on the writing prompts we use in the White Water Writers project today, and rather than write a long email I thought I’d write a medium blog post. For our writing projects, we start from three different places, depending on the situation. I want to talk about the advantages and also the constraints of each. Blank slate When I train new leaders at camps, and… Read Article →

Uber signs up.

Uber’s highly controversial approach splits people, even within disability – I know people who depend on it, and people who are unable to use it because of the accessibility of the cars. I think that a lot of the decisions made by Uber are wrong – I also think some of them are relics of a time when they were a tiny upstart in a market that is famed for companies… Read Article →

Accelerated Education

Recently I was in Washington, D.C., at an education event. The event was hosted by the  Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), which is made up of education partners working in Accelerated Education (AE). The AEWG is currently led by UNHCR, with representatives from UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, ECCN, NRC, Plan, IRC, Save the Children, and War Child Holland.  I didn’t take any pictures because it was the sort of room where… Read Article →

eQuality Time is adding two staff to the White Water Writers project!

 eQuality Time is adding two staff to the White Water Writers project! Adam is a writer, publisher and creative project manager. He has worked in creative writing and publishing education for several years running projects to improve access to the industry through Silhouette Press. Most recently he managed the Disappear Here poetry film project. He lives with a Boxer dog called Gonzo. Laura is a Delivery Coordinator and has been helping… Read Article →

Introducing OpenLab!

This blog is all about a  brilliant new community and website that will be launching soon to promote collaboration around disability and innovation in technology. The community and its website are the outcome of the Office for Disability Issues’ Hackcessibility hack day at Google’s Campus London earlier this year, and the follow-up showcase event in the House of Lords, where we brought together experts to think about how to use technology… Read Article →

The Dream Team at NESTA

Watch the talk here! Joe and Shaun start at 1:08 A couple of months ago, Open Voice Factory was invited along to talk at the The Future of People Powered Health 2017 organised by NESTA. The event explored the idea of the ‘end of patients’ by showcasing inspiring examples of how people are creating health and well being themselves, and asked how great people-powered solutions can be sustained and scaled up. Joe spoke on a… Read Article →

Finer details to consider when designing and installing accessibility solutions.

When you see lifts in commercial, residential or public buildings, you may not have ever thought about the careful process in which the access points are designed and installed. Craig Merry, company director at Invalifts, talks us through the details and considerations involved in their type of work.   First, we think about the use case.  That lets people work out the size and power needed. The lift for a… Read Article →

Art!

This past week eQuality Time has been at Bath Spa University – launching our first artistic project! Early in the year we responded to this call to produce an artwork for Bath Spa’s Media Wall.  They were looking for a data-driven visualisation that involved creative writing from young people in secondary school.  Thanks to the White Water Writer’s project – we the most detailed data on how young people write novels in the world,… Read Article →

National Association of Writers in Education

A celebration is in order here at eQuality Time! Our very own Francesca Baker  has been published in the prestigious NAWE magazine!   Francesca has contributed a fantastic piece to the magazine that explains all about White Water Writers. She describes the writing camp where students of all abilities come together to produce a novel in five days and then goes on to highlight the academic research done into the scheme… Read Article →

Flowers for Turing 2017

It’s that time of year again… Alan Turing’s Birthday is on the 23rd of June. We’re going to make it special. Every year, people (mostly from reddit, it turns out) pledge bunches of flowers to be placed at Alan Turing’s statue in Manchester for his birthday. In the process we raise money for the amazing charity Special Effect, which helps people with disabilities access computer games. In 2013 we raised… Read Article →