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Let’s try it this way….

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015

I started working with Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) about three years ago.  The biggest challenge for me was understanding who our membership was and how best to communicate to them all.  The process in place when I started wasn’t wrong at all but I felt it could be simplified, especially with the membership increasing weekly. […]

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Research partnerships between universities and the NHS can be incredibly rewarding.  Here in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the Learning Disability Service has completed a second project in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland. This one looked at the experiences of clinicians, carers, and people with a learning disability in relation to the […]

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Simple accessible forms in Word and PDF

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015

Jean Alcock

        Here at SAIF we’ve been getting quite a few queries about accessible forms, so I thought I should try and find out more about forms: how to construct them, and how to make them as accessible as possible. This blog documents my learning curve. So far, I’ve been using Word 2007 […]

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If you build it, they will come…?

Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Adventures in the realm of accessible websites with Disability Information Scotland Since I began work with DIS last year, myself and the staff team have been endlessly discussing how we wanted to improve our website. We tinkered and tweaked the website we had – but felt major website envy when we saw other sites that […]

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My name is Gillian McBain and I work with Ayrshire Independent Living Network (AILN).   Working throughout Ayrshire, we are a peer-led organisation providing advice and support services to people who get Self-directed Support. We support people through the choices available to them, and can help with information on employing Personal Assistants and/or the services of a care […]

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The Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) has a vital role to play providing expert advice and support about accessible information, particularly for disabled people. This includes how to make written and online information accessible, and how to improve “face to face” information and signage. SAIF’s work focuses on making information accessible to as many people […]

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Good and bad accessibility at events

Posted on Monday, April 13th, 2015

My name is Amanda Burt and I am a member of the Scottish Accessible Information Forum, I am a blind person and I have recently started attending events. I have both good and bad experiences with regard to my attendance at events.  I have been to events where people have said that they will guide me from […]

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Worlds apart? Accessible information and our digital society

Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

A gulf exists between the increasingly online world of service providers and the world of the individual still waiting for their basic access needs to be met. Last October the Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) held a national conference in Glasgow, which we called “Bringing our information into the 21st Century”. This was the first […]

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Will I? Won’t I?

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014

Jean Alcock

Well I did and here I am – the new Chairperson of SAIF. The position became vacant, following Ben Forsyth’s decision to resign after many years of service. It was Ben’s determination to be there in person that helped SAIF survive over the last few years. We are very grateful to him for all his […]

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