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Rica News June 2017
Research with people with dementia
Rica's 'Gem of the month' for June is our latest research with Innovations in Dementia and local groups to improve services for people with dementia. Our latest report, on playing bingo in York, finds that clearer explanations of how to play, slower-paced games and better signage could all help make visiting bingo halls more dementia-friendly. Read more about our dementia research below.
Rica wins £150K grant
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We're delighted to announce that Rica has been awarded £150,000 to set up Rate it!, an online product review website by and for disabled consumers. Rate it! will be run in partnership with  Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) and Enabled by Design. The award was part of the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a five-year scheme led by disabled people and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Find out more below.
Welcome new Rica team members
New Rica team members 
Welcome to Rica's two new researchers, Catherine Cashman and Freddie Gregory, who both began working at Rica in February 2017. In March, Ed Peston also joined Rica to provide admin support for RicaWatch. Read more about the Rica staff team below.
Other news
DRUK Leadership Academy
Disability Rights UK is recruiting for its 2017-2018 Leadership Academy Programme (LAP). A career development programme for working people living with a disability or health condition, LAP aims to empower disabled leaders in all sectors and
 increase equality in the workplace. Learn more and register below.
RNIB's 'Need it to read it' success
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RNIB's Need it to read it campaign is a success!
All health and adult social care providers in England must now provide medical information in a format that blind and partially sighted people can access. Find out more about this step forward in accessible information below.
Improving cinema access for Deaf people
ICO Deaf cinema guide
How can Deaf people get more out of cinema visits? The Independent Cinema Office has published a package of guides and research reports which aim to improve Deaf people's access to the cinema, including accessibility, customer service and a wider range of films. Read more below.
Get help at petrol stations
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fuelService is a new smartphone app to help disabled drivers get assistance with filling up at petrol stations. It enables people to book help in advance with participating garages and let assistants know which pump they're waiting at.

Drivers who don't use smartphones can use the fuelService website and book assistance by phone and text. Find out more below.
Stomping on over-medication
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The NHS and VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) have developed the STOMP pledge, to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability, autism, or both, by helping to make sure they only receive psychotropic medication for the right reasons and in the right amount. Read more below.
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