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Rica News April 2017
Blog posts - your top stories  
Rica's 'Gem of the Month' for April is a sparkling cluster of our readers' favourite blog posts, in case you missed them:
  • 'Swervices' - services that don't work properly
  • How good design benefits everyone
  • Personal Health Budgets - will they fix wheelchair services?
  • Don't let your disability stop you being a mystery shopper
  • Protect yourself from scams
Come and meet Rica in Leicester

Choice Unlimited and Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) are holding a free event for disabled, older people and carers at Leicester Tigers Stadium on Wednesday 26th April 2017 from 10:00am until 4:00pm with information and seminars. Come and say hello to us at our stand!   
Mobility scooters - a big question
David Roberts on mobility scooter leaving train
Our latest blog post asks an important question about mobility scooters which could affect many people.

Scooter user David Roberts has discovered that some scooters sold in the UK might break the speed limit law if used on the road, as well as on the pavement. Find out why below.
Other news
Disability Innovation Summit
The first Disability Innovation Summit takes place on 13 and 14 July at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.  It's based at the Global Disability Innovation Hub and will feature technology, research, athletics, dance, fashion and art. Find out more and book tickets below.
Disabled people in Britain 'still not equal'
Disabled people in Britain are still not being treated as equal citizens in most areas of daily life, including education, employment, income, healthcare and housing. That's the conclusion of a new report by the influential Equality and Human Rights Commission, published earlier this month, which describes the findings as a strong call to arms for reform. Read the full report below.
Listening to young disabled children
Listening to young disabled children
Would you like guidance on listening to young disabled children? The National Children's Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children have published an updated leaflet on good listening practice. Find out more and download the leaflet (PDF) below. 
Working with blind colleagues
A guide published by RNIB, Working with blind and partially sighted colleagues,  highlights some key issues people with sight loss often face in the workplace. The guide aims to show that working alongside a blind or partially sighted person can be straightforward and benefit you both. Read more and download the guide below.
Survey: help with eating and drinking
Designability logo 
Are you a carer who helps someone to choose, prepare and consume food and drink? Carers UK and Designability want to identify the challenges you both have in eating and drinking well, and to find potential solutions that could be turned into practical products. Take their survey below. 
Deaffest returns in May
Deaffest 2017
Deaffest, the UK's leading Deaf-led film and arts festival, is back for its twelfth year of screenings, awards and events. The three-day festival takes place on 12 to 14 May in Wolverhampton. For more information, including how to get tickets, see   below.
Tech4Good Awards 2017
Tech4Good Awards
Nominations for this year's Tech4Good Awards are now open. There are eight categories:
  • AbilityNet Accessibility Award
  • BT Young Pioneer Award
  • BT Connected Society Award
  • Comic Relief Tech4Good for Africa Award
  • Community Impact Award
  • Digital Health Award
  • Digital Skills Award
  • Tech Volunteer of the Year Award

Find out more and enter below.