Question – making it easier to contact us?

When creating the Diverse-Learners website Jim (one of Diverse Learners Assistive Technology trainers) and I wanted to build our website with accessibility functions. This was so the website would function with software and settings people use to make reading from the internet easier. We have even made a mobile phone version of the website so […]

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Gibb’s Reflective Cycle mindmap created – the benefits of Assisitive Technology training sessions

This mind map  shows one student’s interpretation of  Gibb’s Reflective Cycle and was designed by the student as a template so it can be used on all placements to aid them complete their CAP (nursing) document / reflective log. It was produced during a 1 hour support session with one of  the Assistive Technology Trainers at […]

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GCSE’s extra time – a mixed blessing

I recently posted on my Facebook page that my daughter broke down in tears during her GCSE  exam last week. Responses to that post got me thinking rather than ranting…well ranting less and inspired this blog. I was shocked to find out that on the morning of the exam the school had timetabled TWO last […]

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Feeling uncomfortable – I have self-belief but does that mean I have self-worth?

  Someone suggested I post this link to raise awareness about the National Diversity Awards  http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/#/the-awards/4555185797 and suggest people nominate me I have the self-belief that a nomination would be relevant and I know I would like to be nominated. I have even seen others do it on Twitter BUT The thought of self-promotion makes me cringe and I am […]

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New voices for text-to-speech software

There are some new voices for people who use text-to-speech software to read text aloud. It is FREE and works on both Mac and Windows. One of the new voices includes a Scottish voice called Heather. I spent all of my childhood in Scotland so this voice feels like home to me.There is a welsh voice too. […]

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Neurodiversity – Diagram showing how dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D and Asperger’s Syndrome overlap

This is one of the most popular posts to my Facebook page so have posted it here too. This diagram  is a useful tool to show people what it might mean to be dyslexic or dyspraxic and shows the different areas that can affect someone with a neuro-diverse profile. It also helps us to answer […]

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Problem-solving in everyday life

Unison magazine have just contacted me to see if I am available for a photograph this week. Problem –  I really need my hair cut. Solution – arrange for the photo to be taken on the seafront as it is certain to be windswept so any hairstyle will count for nothing….or maybe a hat – I […]

Tinted lenses recommended by students provided by DSA

A reminder to access all the resources in your Needs Assessment via Disabled Student Allowances Two students have recently visited this optometrist to be assessed and were  provided with tinted lenses partly funded by Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). This provision is often overlooked by students with many never arranging an assessment even though it is […]