White Water Writers Wordcounts

Quick post because I found a file in our dropbox that hadn’t been processed properly. I checked how word count changed over time for 20 white water writers camps over a reasonable period. The camps are all (I think) early secondary school: the outliers are groups with particularly difficult circumstances.  This is what the chart looks like: (this is all very rough btw, I crunched the numbers in excel and… Read Article →

Flowers for Turing Report 2019

Note, this post would normally appear on the http://flowersforturing.equalitytime.co.uk/ website, but I’m currently, ahem, locked out of that wordpress installation… So, this is what Alan Turing’s Status looked like on his birthday! You did this, once again you came together and did this, and you raised £2,100.15 for Special Effect. Accounting! Okay, the accounting part: We were again approached by a private donor, who, at our advice, sent £1,000 to… Read Article →

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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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Check out our new draft communication board for people with Dementia!

In May we were shortlisted in the Essex Dementia Challenge Prize. Nine shortlisted projects were give £5,000 each to develop an idea, with the idea that the best idea will receive £100,000 to take it to market. Our idea is: use the resources we’ve developed for The Open Voice Factory (particularly CommuniKate) to create a communication board that helps with word-choice (which causes significant problems in many people with late-stage-dementia). Our first… Read Article →