White Water Writers Research Snapshot.

The team at Keele Univesity have sent over their a snapshot of their recent research into the White Water Writers project we run  and we thought you might be interested in reading it. There’s a full PDF of the research, and a short summary below. Summary 179 secondary school students were given questionnaires before and after the White Water Writers intervention.    Student questionnaires showed statistically significant gains in: Writing skill Team… Read Article →

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Opening up our bid writing process

Most of eQuality Time’s projects need grant funding to run.    So we’re keen to get good at writing grant applications. We also want to be as transparent as possible.  We decided to bring these things together. We are currently applying to Virgin’s #iwill Take Action fund with the Supertitle project. Virgin’s #iwill fund Take Action “want young people [particularly BAME] to use art and media as a tool to… Read Article →

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Financial Times Fame

A few months ago, Joe was interviewed by the Financial Times about The Open Voice Factory.   The article highlights different assistive technology products that were contenders for the Nesta Inclusive Technology Prize. Other organisations featured in in the article include the fantastic SpecialEffect and Bristol Braille Technology (BBT). Special Effect is a charity that modifies games controllers to be more inclusive so that everyone is able to use them. eQuality Time… Read Article →

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 →