August 2018
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Share your knowledge - post a product review
Rate it!, the new consumer review website for and by disabled and older people, is live! To make it effective we need you to share your knowledge about products. Our partners are Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) and Enabled by Design with funding from the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme. Please have your say - post your product review below.
Our dementia research
Our research with Innovations in Dementia (iD), involving people with dementia in local and national projects, has been completed. We were delighted to work with local DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) groups. Our final two projects:

Design of remote controls, with the Fabulous Forgetful Friends group in Manchester. Read the report: Design workshop investigating remote controls for people with dementia

Design of assistance cards, working with the Great Camden Minds DEEP group in Camden, London. Read the report: Design workshop investigating assistance cards for people with dementia
People living with dementia - research guidance
For the last three years, from our work with local DEEP groups (part of Innovations in Dementia) we've compiled a free PDF guide for researchers conducting participatory research with people living with dementia.

Read or download the guidance report below.
Insight research and customer service
At our annual research exchange in July over 50 attendees were treated to two presentations: Supporting customers who need it the most (Telefónica UK Ltd); and Rail travel and level access (HS2). In two workshops, we discussed: Improving business using input from consumers with non-visible disabilities; and How technology, like biometrics (voice and face recognition) or using personal data for connected products can impact disabled and older customers. Read more about our research exchange below.
Welcome Talia, our new researcher
Talia Coroniti joins us from the USA, where she previously worked at the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement in the city of Boston. Talia will be joining our research team to assist and support with data collection, analysis, research and reporting on a range of projects.
See our our staff team below.
Other news
Towards a fully inclusive transport network
The Department for Transport has published its Inclusive Transport strategy, which aims to improve accessibility across all types of travel for disabled people. As part of this, they will put up to £300 million into extending the Access for All programme, making railway stations more accessible. Read the inclusive transport strategy below.
Is the Equality Act enforced?
There's an inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010, legislation which is designed to 'provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all'. Are there problems with enforcement?
  • Do individuals have difficulties enforcing their rights under the Act?
  • Is the Equalities and Human Rights Commission doing enough?
Have your say to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry below.
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Gem of the month - National Disability Arts
Our gem of the month, the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, is the world's first archive with a major retrospective of disabled people’s art. This UK Heritage Lottery Fund project, delivered by Shape Arts, has a digital catalogue of 3,500 images, interviews, resources, animations, articles and more. Go artistic below.
New Disability Rights Magazine - Unite
Unite is a new monthly disability rights magazine covering topics from accessibility and housing to universal credit and mental health campaigns. Previous issues have looked at the social model of disability, PIP assessments, the Changing Places campaign and NHS wheelchair services. There's also a ‘Know Your Rights’ section. You can subscribe to Unite for £8.40 with 30% off by using code unite17. Read more below .
Vision rehab services - have your say
Thomas Pocklington Trust's new survey on vision rehabilitation services aims to improve services provided to blind and partially-sighted people. Vision rehabilitation usually involves a worker from your local council or another organisation visiting you shortly after your diagnosis of sight loss to assess your needs and help you develop the right skills to get around safely and continue with everyday activities. Go to the survey below .
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