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  • COVID-19 Independent Living Survey

    COVID-19 Independent Living Survey

    Shaping Our Lives has launched a new survey asking d/Deaf and Disabled people what impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on their independent living. There are 10 sections in the survey and many of the questions have a choice of answers. You are able to skip any question you wish and all answers will be kept anonymous. The findings will be used to tell people in national and local government the support d/Deaf and disabled people need to get back to living independently, feeling safe and confident.

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  • NHS Communication Methods Should Support Disabled People

    NHS Communication Methods Should Support Disabled People

    New research by Healthwatch England has found that some patients receiving remote consultations found them to be inaccessible. It suggests that there should be no blanket roll out of video conferencing and urged the NHS “to use the right blend of communication for specific patients, blending text, phone, email, video and in-person.”

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  • Coronavirus and SEND Survey Report

    Coronavirus and SEND Survey Report

    The Special Needs Jungle decided to carry out a Coronavirus and SEND survey after hearing parental accounts of risk assessments being utilised by schools during lockdown, to prevent children with SEND returning to school. They wanted to determine how widespread this was, as well as other experiences of families mid-pandemic. Their report claims that many families received little or nothing from their child’s school and that 75% of schools ignored Government risk assessment guidance during the lockdown, with parents and young people often left out of the risk assessment process.

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  • Call to 'Be Kind' to People Who Are Exempt from Wearing Face Coverings

    Call to 'Be Kind' to People Who Are Exempt from Wearing Face Coverings

    The government has produced new guidance and a new range of exemption cards calling for the public and businesses to be mindful of and act sensitively towards people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. This comes at a time when charities are asking the government to listen to and better understand the concerns of disabled people and to do more to promote awareness around who is exempt from the face mask rules following reports of disabled people facing hostility from the public and businesses. Please get in touch with us to let us know about your experience, whatever it is, and if we can help at all by contacting a service provider on your behalf or helping you to report any incident where you felt threatened.

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  • Free Business Workshops in August

    Free Business Workshops in August

    Do you need any top tips for starting up a business or planning for survival, reopening hospitality, or how to sell online? Business Sheffield are offering an extensive programme of FREE online workshops, training sessions and networking events.Using video meeting platform Zoom, their sessions are hosted by experienced business advisors and/or industry experts.

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  • Jamie's 500 Miles Without A Voice Fundraiser

    Jamie's 500 Miles Without A Voice Fundraiser

    Communication aid user Jamie Preece , a volunteer with Sheffield Cycling 4 All , is going a long way to help an organisation for others in a similar position. Jamie, has cerebral palsy and it is only in the last few years that he has started using Augmentative and Alternative Communication. His 500 Miles Without A Voice fundraiser during August will raise money for Communication Matters.

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  • Coronavirus Face Coverings - Why and How to Wear Them Safely

    Coronavirus Face Coverings - Why and How to Wear Them Safely

    In a new video Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield, explains the importance of wearing face coverings correctly with continued social distancing and hygiene. He emphasises that the most important ways to control the pandemic are to stay at home if you have symptoms, keep your distance where possible, frequent handwashing and wearing a face covering in enclosed public spaces.

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  • Finding Out The Personal Impacts Of Covid-19

    Finding Out The Personal Impacts Of Covid-19

    The health impacts of coronavirus are well-known but how has the crisis affected the rest of your life? Public Health have developed a questionnaire to support their understanding of the positive and negative impacts of Covid19 in Sheffield.It should take around 10-15 min to complete the questionnaire and you have until the end of August to do so if you’d like to take part.

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  • Sheffield GPs #StillHereForYou

    Sheffield GPs #StillHereForYou

    Sheffield CCG has created a video of GP practice staff from across Sheffield reminding the public that they’re still open and #StillHereForYou. The video shows Sheffield GPs urging members of the public to visit their GP especially if they experience particular symptoms so that they can be treated quickly.

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  • LNER Improves Service for Disabled Passengers Following Legal Challenge

    LNER Improves Service for Disabled Passengers Following Legal Challenge

    Train operating company LNER has entered into a legal agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to improve its service for disabled passengers following a successful legal challenge from a visually impaired customer who received inadequate support and assistance whilst using LNER’s Passenger Assist service.

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