Is self employment: the better option for people with disabilites?

Thanks to Chris and our Careers Team @ BU for this relevant website & blog about the employment progress made with the increasing number of people with disabilities setting up their own businesses and entering self-employment.

Self-employment offers obvious advantages for many people with disabilities. This is becoming increasingly self-evident as the number of disabled entrepreneurs increases and their achievements are becoming more widely known and celebrated.

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Find out more at this link, and you could sign up to their newsletter:
http://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/self-employment-better-option-people-disabilities/

 

 

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Proud of student success

We are proud to share further news on Paul Whittington, an ALS student who has cerebral palsy. Paul has submitted his final PhD thesis and will be graduating as Dr Whittington in November! He has now started his 3-year post-doctoral researcher position in the Faculty of Science and Technology at BU. 

And if it’s not enough…Paul’s car and the system that he developed to control the motorised driver’s seat, lift and tailgate (SmartATRS) is going to be featured in the Special Issue 1,491 (pages 24 and 25)  of Auto Express magazine (20 Sep to 10 Oct).

Well done Paul, the sky’s the limit!

 

 

 

 

Supporting Dementia Charity Just Giving

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It is with sadness that we are writing about this particular charity for personal reasons. We’ve been recently made aware that a former colleague in ALS, Anne-Marie has been diagnosed with dementia.  Anne-Marie’s daughter Cecily is doing the Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and writes very movingly about her mother.

You can help Cecily Child raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page –

https://www.justgiving.com/mw218595?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=mw218595&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=P4kaNGZez.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer’s Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support!

The National Autistic Society’s AutismHour officially launches today!

 

logoAs part of The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour and with the support of shopping centre owner intu, in the week of 2 October shops and services all over the UK will be taking simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. Participating shops and businesses will be turning down music and other noise, dimming the  lights and sharing information about autism with their employees. 

What to do during The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour:

  1. Plan your local visits using your interactive map.
  2. Attend a National Autistic Society Autism Hour.
  3. Check in and share. We need everyone to know about The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour and why it’s important to you. It’s also a nice way to thank the businesses for participating.

So, when you visit a National Autistic Society #AutismHour, check in on Facebook or Twitter and tell everyone you’re attending The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour. Don’t forget to use the #AutismHour #AutismTMI hashtags.

http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/autism-hour.aspx

Thanks to Steevie for this!

Change 100 – Fantastic paid work experience opportunity

Change100 is for talented students and graduates with disabilities or long-term health conditions. Change100 brings together the UK’s top employers and talented disabled students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience.

Find out about Change100 here and spread the word. Applications are now open for summer 2018!

https://www.leonardcheshire.org/support-and-information/life-and-work-skills-development/employment-programmes/change100

Thanks to Allison for this!

 

Beautiful Video explaining Autism

Alex Amelines spent two years creating an animation about autism in his spare time. His goal was to create tolerance and understanding of autism. His animation shows children things from another child’s perspective. I hope you will enjoy this clip as much as we have (also watchable in different languages) :

http://www.studiotinto.com/amazing-things-happen/

Thanks to Jackie for this!