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SAIF Members and Membership

The Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) is always interested in hearing from potential new members. SAIF is an advisory group promoting accessible information provision for disabled people and their carers throughout Scotland.

Direct experience

As a group dealing with issues affecting disabled people and their carers, it is a priority that the majority of members have direct experience of disability. We therefore strongly encourage the participation of disabled people. To support this, we provide all our material in members preferred format, organise any aids/adaptations for meetings and will pay members and their personal assistants expenses for travel and accommodation when required.

Jean Alcock (Chairperson)

Jean’s main areas of interest are accessible information, dyslexia and epilepsy.   She was a free-lance consultant from 2000 until I retired in 2012 and during this time she was SAIF’s training adviser.  Prior to 2000 Jean worked for Lead (Linking Education and Disability) Scotland for 14 years, latterly as Disability Adviser with the national educational guidance helpline in partnership with Continuing Education Gateway.  Jean is a professional librarian and Information specialist.

Amanda Burt (Vice Chair person)

Amanda was educated at the blind school in Edinburgh for 14 years then studied typing and computers at Aberdeen College before spending a year at Loughborough College where she achieved her RSA 1 and 2 in typing along with a Diploma in general reception.

Amanda currently does a lot of voluntary work.  She is involved with an accessible transport group; helps with audio description training for the theatre in Aberdeen; involved in helping in Aberdeen College with trainee social workers; brailling for the library for the society in Aberdeen; a member representative for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and the Secretary for The Accessible Friends Network (TAFN).

Lucie McAnespie

Lucie has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist within the NHS for 20 years mostly with people with a learning disability.   Lucy is passionate about making information accessible and creating inclusive communication environments.

Sandra Wilson

Sandra is retired after working for Fife Council in a number of employment related roles.  She joined as a mainstream careers adviser, moved to information work for Fife Adult Guidance Service and finally co-ordinated a network of disability agencies which aimed to improve employment opportunities for disabled people.

Sandra is currently a director of Citizens Advice Rights Fife and Chair of the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).  She has a keen interest in assistive technology and does some work as a freelance trainer in this field.  Sandra joined SAIF in 2005 and until reorganisation chaired its e-communication working group.

Morven Brooks

Morven is the Information and Communications Officer at Scottish Disability Equality Forum.  Her role involves: Capacity Building, Community Engagement, Information Dissemination, Training Delivery, Policy Engagement and Membership Engagement.  Across her work Morven strives to ensure all the  information SDEF produces is fully inclusive and accessible.

Morven is delighted to be on the Scottish Accessible Information Forum and looking forward to enhancing the great work already started by the forum.

Emma Russell

While at University Emma worked at Yellowstone National Park where she learned the important of communication and accessible information in this international and multi-lingual environment, where the simplest of tasks could be fraught with difficulty.  This experience served her well as she developed her career working within a dual sensory impairment charity organising events which met the communication and accessibility needs of the charities membership.

Emma has personal experience of the difficulties faced by a stroke victim in relation to communication and accessibility to everyday living.  Emma is the Operations Manager with Sign Language Interactions, a Scottish based organisation which provides access to Language Service Professionals.

Kayleigh Hirst

Kayleigh started her career at STV, where as a subtitler her role was about widening access to programmes for Deaf and hearing impaired viewers. Her time here sparked her interest in accessibility and disability issues.

Since 2013 she has worked at learning disability charity ENABLE Scotland, where a large part of her role is focused on creating Easy Read information. Kayleigh says she is privileged to work closely with the charity’s members who have learning disabilities, assessing what works and doesn’t work for individuals when it comes to information needs.

Daire McGuinnes

 

Shona McEwan

Shona is an Engagement & Participation Coordinator with Fife Adult Support & Protection Team, having previously worked as their Communications Officer.  A major part of her role is creating accessible information with service users and Fife citizens.  Her work includes promoting use of the Talking Mat ‘Keeping Safe’ resource which encourages people to think about how their life is going, and supports them to express concerns they might have, big or small.

Shona has worked in person-centred/service user involvement roles within Health and Social Care since 1993.

 

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