BFI funds accessible workshops for deafblind filmmakers

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Sense, the national deafblind charity, has been awarded £31,000 by the BFI (British Film Institute), to enable deafblind people to take part in a series of accessible filmmaking workshops.

The Accessible Filmmaking Project, delivered in collaboration with Kate Dangerfield from the University of Roehampton, will see ten weekly workshops take place across the country, each focusing on exploration and experimentation of film as a form of communication and expression. The project will provide creative opportunities for people with sensory impairments to experiment with filmmaking techniques, test equipment for accessibility and improve access to low-budget film production and audio-visual media.

BFI funds accessible workshops for deafblind filmmakers

accessible-workshops

Sense, the national deafblind charity, has been awarded £31,000 by the BFI (British Film Institute), to enable deafblind people to take part in a series of accessible filmmaking workshops.

The Accessible Filmmaking Project, delivered in collaboration with Kate Dangerfield from the University of Roehampton, will see ten weekly workshops take place across the country, each focusing on exploration and experimentation of film as a form of communication and expression. The project will provide creative opportunities for people with sensory impairments to experiment with filmmaking techniques, test equipment for accessibility and improve access to low-budget film production and audio-visual media.

12 fishy facts for back to school, with special guests Dory and Nemo

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Many kids headed back to school in the next few weeks will no doubt have their heads full of the hit film Finding Dory.

The animated feature has been topping box offices in the UK and Ireland, with families flocking to see the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. But while everyone knows Dory, not many know that she can go by a string of different names, among them Regal Blue Tang, Surgeonfish and Doctorfish. And did you know that it's a myth that fish have memory problems like Dory does?

Guest blog: ‘Start With Heart’ – how to inspire purposeful decision making in others

Guest blog: ‘Start With Heart’

By Faye Kilgour

‘Start With Heart’ is a passionate concept with a simple, direct purpose. Let’s walk you through what it means to us at Graydin and then share how transformative we have seen it to be in education and beyond.

So, what does Start With Heart mean?

When we want to make a choice –whether as a result of feeling stuck in a rut, frustrated or even joyful – we often jump straight to looking at our options. Science suggests, and from our experience we have learned, that it’s critical to first reflect and spend time in what we are calling Heart.

Royal Blind School teacher to speak at international conference in Florida, USA

Royal Blind School teacher to speak at international conference in Florida, USA

Royal Blind School teachers have taken their expertise stateside to address authorities in visual impairment from around the world.
The National Federation of the Blind is hosting the WBU/ICEVI General Assembly in Orlando, Florida, this week.
And drama teacher Aine Murphy, of the Royal Blind School, Edinburgh, was selected to address the assembly after demonstrating how the school has successfully incorporated a mindfulness programme into the curriculum.
The conference were seeking abstracts from visual impairment organisations who are working to use innovative techniques to support visually impaired young people and they were impressed by the Royal Blind School’s use of mindfulness with its students.

Active IQ Unveils Tech Level Diploma in Physical Activity, Fitness & Exercise Science

A truly vocational course with strong career prospects for school leavers

As school leavers receive their GCSE Results (Thursday August 25, 2016) they must decide on their next steps in education or training.  Some will opt for A Levels while others may look for a job, training programme or apprenticeship to set them on a career path.  

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ heads to Stockton-on-Tees

This year’s ‘Autism’s got Talent Roadshow’ takes place on 16 September at ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, in Stockton-on-Tees.

Showcasing the diverse talents of individuals on the autistic spectrum, the roadshow is a spin-off from Autism’s Got Talent – launched by the autism charity Anna Kennedy Online and created by Anna Kennedy OBE.

AnnaKennedyonline and Daisy Chain Charities are working together again to stage the event, after a successful roadshow last year at Teesside University. Anna Kennedy is patron of Daisy Chain and several key autism charities and support groups.

She said ‘Autism’s Got Talent’ is a special event that is “one of a kind, and is extremely poignant to those with autism and their families. 

Sense welcomes Corbyn’s policy on free universal childcare

Sense welcomes Corbyn’s policy on free universal childcare

However, the deafblind charity has warned the policy is unachievable without sufficient funding for disabled children’s childcare

National deafblind charity Sense today (04 August) responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership manifesto in which he announced plans that a Corbyn-led Labour government would introduce free universal childcare.

Head of Public Policy, Kate Fitch said:

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

Blockbuster films and The Big Friendly Read – how books are making this summer autism friendly

As some of our favourite literary characters hit the big screen, one charity is asking their autism friendly cinema guests to visit their local library and spread the autism friendly message.

Building on the success of their monthly autism friendly cinema screenings, learning disability and autism support provider, Dimensions, launched autism friendly libraries in partnership with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. 

By providing training and resources, they hope to see libraries across the country making a few simple adjustments to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for their guests on the autistic spectrum.

Northampton High School is a bright spark with LED lighting

A leading architectural lighting brand from Feilo Sylvania, Concord, has supplied a first-class lighting scheme for the refurbishment of Northampton High School. Concord Glace LED has been installed in the main hall of the school building to create an attractive environment for students, parents and guests and the Kometa 600 luminaires have been used to provide glare-free illumination in the classrooms. 

Northampton High School is an independent school located in the heart of the city and educates girls from pre-preparatory age through to the sixth form.