ISAAC 2016

eQuality Time has been at ISAAC 2016, the major (and indeed, probably only) international conference for people interested in AAC. We were there to try and find helpers and get a real sense of AAC outside of the UK.  It’s hard to know how that went, we met some great people, but only time will tell if they become part of the plan. In numbers: we spoke to at least… Read Article →

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Interview with Justin Tomlinson MP

It’s been an astonishing few weeks in the UK’s political system with lots of change. One of the less reported aspects was the replacement of Justin Tomlinson MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People.   To editorialise, although I was and remain opposed to the government’s approach to disability, I’ve met Justin, and he clearly valued people in ways that were important to me (he’s also got a good… Read Article →

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Sir Halley Stewart Trust Bid

  At eQuality Time we believe that the more transparent an organisation is, the more effective it will be. One of the things we’d like to be more transparent about is the funding application process.  We’ve just sent off one to Sir Halley Stewart Trust so we wanted to share the application here (Some personal details have been redacted). One thing that was particularly interesting about this application is that… Read Article →

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PowerPoint

Although we’ve demonstrated it in video,  one of the things that we’ve failed to talk about in the context of AzuleJoe is the design decision to use PowerPoint as our editing interface.  (Althought we did talk around it a little in this post: http://equalitytime.co.uk/5631/2016/01/25/i-cut-the-code-but-i-did-not-cut-the-api/) So why PowerPoint? Well, there is one major reason that we didn’t want to write an editing interface like everyone else: Editing interfaces for AAC devices are… Read Article →

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Is it now illegal to administer a service online for someone with disabilities?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has handed down a very important decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act…. Its reasoning appears to be very broad. If I’m reading it correctly, it says that if you tell people not to visit your website, and they do it anyway knowing you disapprove, they’re committing a federal crime of accessing your computer without authorization. (link) This has been… Read Article →

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Flowers for Turing 2016

  A quick note to tell readers that Flowers for Turing 2016 completed recently.   The total raised was around £2050,  almost trebling last years total! You can read more about the event – including photos, videos, and roll of honour, on the Flowers for Turing subsite.

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CommuniKate: Github and new website

Two cool CommuniKate things to tell you about! Website We’ve updated the CommuniKate website: communikate.equalitytime.co.uk It was something we thought carefully about for a while, but we wanted a site that focused on the ‘things that help’ rather than the ‘story about the things that help’.   The blog aspects have gone (news and development will be posted here) and the layout has been updated to focus on what’s important: the… Read Article →

Bid send to the Arts Council

At eQuality Time we believe that the more transparent an organisation is, the more effective it will be. One of the things we’d like to be more transparent about is the funding application process.   We’ve just put in a bid to the Arts Council: here is the way that I described it to the directors of eQuality time: The Arts Council has some funding available to, effectively, pay artists… Read Article →

AzuleJoe: why PowerPoint?

As many of you will know AzuleJoe is the developement name for our open-source, free-at-the-point-of-delivery, speach software, you can find out a lot about it here.  Today we’re going to go into a little bit of detail about a choice we made when building our test version. One of the unusual things about the video we put out a few months back is the choice of using PowerPoint to edit… Read Article →