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Rica News January 2017
Relax in a riser recliner chair ...
Rica's 'Gem of the Month' for January is our information on riser recliner chairs. Based on expert views and user experiences, we look at the different types of chairs, what features are available and tips on choosing. We've an updated overview of 11 major suppliers of riser recliners. Find out more below.
Relax with Shakespeare ...
Take heed Sirrah! O ur latest research with people with mild dementia was a visit to a 'relaxed performance' of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Stratford-upon-Avon. Working with the 'Friends Together' Dementia Enablement and Empowerment (DEEP) group from Redditch, Rica evaluated the Royal Shakespeare Theatre environment and performance. Take thee hence to ye researche reportage belowe....
Stress with 'swervices' ...
'Swervices' are services that don't work properly, causing unnecessary stress for older people, people with long term conditions and disabled people, says Phil Friend, Rica's Chair of Trustees in our latest blog post. Join Phil and Rica on Twitter to tell your story about poor services you've experienced - use the hashtags #swervices #rubeingswerviced? Read Phil's blog post below.
Rica job vacancy - researcher
We're looking for a researcher who will be qualified to degree level or equivalent in a relevant research-based discipline eg psychology, social research, human factors, ergonomics, HCI or similar. We want someone who is familiar with qualitative and quantitative research methods such as user tests, surveys and focus groups. Find out more below.
Other news
Click-Away Pound Survey report
Around 6.1 million internet users in the UK have impairments that affect the way they use the Internet
. Over 80% of these customers will spend their money on websites which have the fewest barriers, rather than ones that offer the cheapest products, the 2016 Click-Away Pound Survey has found. 71% of these customers will click away from websites that don't cater for their access needs. Read the 2016 Click-Away Pound Survey report below.
The government wants your views on why disabled people and people with health conditions might be unable to get a job or keep one. There's a recently included  equalities impact section on the consultation. The closing date is Friday 17th February 2017. For further details and how to take part, see below.
Like film? Get a cinema card!
Do you know about the national CEA Card?  CEA stands for Cinema Exhibitors' Association and the card is accepted by 90% of cinemas. It currently costs £6 per year and is available to people who receive DLA, Attendance Allowance, Blind Persons Registration, Personal Independence Payment and Armed Forces Independence Payment. The CEA Card provides a complimentary ticket for a friend, carer or personal assistant.  Find out more below.
NHS Accessible Information Standard
National Health Service (NHS) Accessible Information Standard was implemented throughout England in July 2016. This means that any organisation providing NHS care or adult social care is now legally obliged to provide information in accessible formats, so that people with a disability or impairment have the same access to health information as any other NHS user.
 Read more below.
Young people prefer digital vision aids
Digital vision aids, like screen readers,  and smartphones, are the preferred tools of young people with low vision, a new report shows. But devices should be more accessible, well designed and enjoyable to use. 'Design and Low Vision Aids - a Youth Perspective' is published by Thomas Pocklington Trust, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, VISION 2020 UK and VICTA. Read more below.