Open Source Medical Devices

The Open Voice Factory is an Open Source Medical Device, so when I saw a video called “Are We Ready for Open Source Medical Devices?” from Hackaday, I was interested. Althought Ashwin is much more hardware-focused than we are, but it’s worth watching the whole video, and my main highlights were: Ashwin gives a nod to the difficulty in registering medical devices “More than the topic of a PhD” – I’d… Read Article →

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Cover story

The books of White Water Writers have some amazing covers. Here’s two of my favourites. These were make by artists from the same schools as the writers. I love getting great art because yet another student will see their work be part of something really real. Like the writers, the artists work best when they know what to do and when to do it. Here’s what we ask of our artists… Read Article →

White Water Writers Newsletter – Nov/17

  Introducing Adam, Laura and Richard! Adam, Laura and Richard are the three new members who have joined White Water Writers.   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… Read Article →

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. This blog post was created to document the process of applying to Virgin’s #iwill Take Action fund with the Supertitle project. The Virgin #iwill fund Take Action is awarding grants to organisations with the aim of … 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 →