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Rica News August 2017
The curious incident of the guide dog in the night
Tracey tests the Apple Watch
Rica trustee Tracey Proudlock 
Rica Trustee Tracey Proudlock also took part in our tech trials, testing the Apple Watch from her perspective as a wheelchair user.
She's written a blog post about her experience: Connected tech: gimmicks or valuable aids? Read about Tracey's tech testing below.
People with dementia using taxis
With the organisation Innovations in Dementia (iD), Rica carried out research into how people living with mild dementia experience using taxis or minicabs . The main finding is that taxi firms need to show more awareness of the needs of passengers with dementia. Read the report below.
Rica's Research Exchange 2017
Our third annual Research Exchange with Rica clients, research partners, RicaWatch panel members and Trustees discussed how best businesses can identify customers without annoying them and the pros and cons of identifying yourself as old and/or disabled. Our Research Exchange provides a cross-sector forum for people to swap ideas on innovation and best practice in customer service. Read more below.
Other news
Apprenticeships for people with learning difficulties
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The Government needs to improve access to, and awareness of, apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities if it is to reach its target of 3m new apprenticeships by 2020 and halve the disability employment gap, says a taskforce report. Read more below.
Getting a home for vip's
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Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has put together an online housing guide for visually impaired people who are looking for a new home, hoping to live independently for the first time, or experiencing problems in their current accommodation. Read the guide below. 
Skills for Care funding - England
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If you   employ a PA using a direct payment from your local authority or your own money to pay them, and you  live in England, you can apply for training funds from Skills for Care. Find out more and apply for funding below.
Disabled children and sport
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One in two parents in Britain who have a disabled child say their child doesn't feel comfortable taking part in sports with other children. A report by the charity Variety also finds that disabled children have fewer chances to participate in sports, in or out of school. Read more below.
Transport problems? Tell them on the telly
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The One Show is making a film about the issues disabled people face when using public transport. They're asking people to record short videos when they're having a problem. Contact Laura Pennington on 0161 335 8902 or laura.pennington@bbc.co.uk. Find out more below.