All posts by Joe

Communication Matters

We’ll be presenting at Communication Matters 2019. Our abstract is: Last year Comic Relief gave us £45,000 to make copyright-free resources for AAC.  We made what we thought would work, interviewed some AAC VIPs and then found out that we’d built the wrong thing.  So we made them again. We repeated that process a couple of times and rewrote The Open Voice Factory (our free open source AAC-software) completely from… Read Article →

Trustee Terms of Reference

One of the projects we ran recently was developing a ‘Terms of Reference’ for eQuality Time’s Trustees. There were two reasons: So that current trustees don’t overwork themselves So that new trustees know what they are getting in for. The project ran in this GitHub issue (like, much of our work, it was done publicly) and the result looks like this:   Equality Time Practical Expectations eQuality Time trustees set… Read Article →

Balance sheet at the start of 2019

As per our previous post, we’re making a big effort to improve our finance systems at eQuality Time.   As part of this, we’ve changed how we look at financial statements internally. We believe in transparency at eQuality Time, so here’s our Current Balance Sheet.  Once we’ve got a few more months of good practice under our belts we’ll move a set of them to our about page.

Reporting on our finances

One of the cool parts of the Comic Relief bid that we won was that they ring fenced some money for us to spend on hiring a consultant to improve our policies and procedures. This was really good, like everybody else we assume that we’re mostly on top of everything: accounts filed on time, thorought checking of expanse claims, keeping our spending under budget; but we intend to grow, and… Read Article →


New release for Open Voice Factory!

This Friday we’ll be updating the Open Voice Factory website.  There WON’T be much of a change for users, but there will be quite a lot of back end changes that make life a bit easier for us to add new features. The alteration WON’T affect any existing aids that have been generated, but it might mean that there is some downtime that prevents new aids from being created. Our notes for the release are… Read Article →

An accurate representation of Joe filling out forms.

Briefings for trustees.

Our trustees work hard for eQuality Time and one of Joe’s main jobs is: Making sure that trustees know everything they need to know Making sure that trustees aren’t overwhelmed by so much detail that they might miss important decisions. So, roughtly weekly, the trustees get a briefing of what’s happening with eQuality Time. I’d like to get to the point that these were also included on the website, but… Read Article →


New project proposal: Digital Local Heroes.

A project we are currently workshopping…   For UK residents looking for historical information, Wikipedia is invariably the go-to resource. The English Wikipedia alone has over 2.6 billion words, covering 4.4 million articles.  There are many examples of extremely rich, detailed, beautifully illustrated historical articles. Unfortunately, Wikipedia also suffers from a systemic bias of editors. The average Wikipedian on the English Wikipedia is male, technically inclined, formally educated, aged 15–35,… Read Article →

The 'care packages' we sent to care homes.

Update on the Essex Challenge Prize

We’ve been working hard on the Essex Challenge Prize, and today we’ve done a fair amount of restructing of our online information about the project. You can read about our plan, our progress, and how we are getting on by starting with this page on the eQuality Time wiki.  That will link you to all of our subprojects, Dropbox Directories, and research. We’re trying to make more use of this… Read Article →


Writing a Risk Assessment for Software

Recently we’ve spent a lot of time bogged down in medical device registration for The Open Voice Factory. As part of this we developed a risk assessment around the software – looking at the potential causes of harm (i.e. “What happens if there is a fire in the house and our software fails to help someone speak to emergency services?”).   These sorts of documents are valuable but also pretty bruising… Read Article →


Substandard Subtitles

After a short corraspondence with the wonderful Emma Colton, who writes the equaly wonderful The Happy Hearing Aid blog she sent us this amazing piece on the trials and troubles with dealing with TV subtitles.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  A few years ago, while still at University, I was a reality TV fiend. I couldn’t get enough of it. I would watch The Only Way… Read Article →