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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

This week 8 to 14 May 2017, is mental health awareness week. While it’s not directly linked to the work that we do, I thought as it is an often misunderstood and overlooked issue, that it is an important issue that is worth covering.

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The Importance of Leisure Activities for Disabled Children

You may have heard that The Aidis Trust is running gaming days as part of the Everyone Can Game project, where disabled children are being given the opportunity to partake in accessible computer games.

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Out and About: 5 Tips on How to be Helpful to Disabled People you Meet

picture is looking along an empty train platform on a rainy day. In the centre of the platform a sign says "help point" and next to that is a big, round device with buttons, used at stations by passengers for getting help and information.

As I have discussed in the previous posts in this series, disabled people are supported to learn to travel in a variety of ways and there are a variety of things that we can do while we’re out to try to make sure that everything runs smoothly. But for you non-disabled people out there who want to try to be helpful, what can you do? I thought it would be a useful topic to discuss.

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Celebrating Disabled Mothers

Picture is a hand drawn love heart shape with child-like writing to give the message of "I love my mum"On 26th March, it is Mother’s Day. A day when people celebrate the role of mothers. A day when we recognise the contribution that these women make to our lives. There are many disabled women around the world who find ways to overcome their difficulties and still run happy families. So I thought it would be important to celebrate the lives of these women.

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Making Images on Websites Accessible

picture shows the BBC News homepage for March 13th 2017 without pictures and instead displays the alt text that would normally only be heard through screenreaders. An example includes for the headline "MPs to consider Brexit Bill changes" the alt text reads: "A road traffic sign is in front of the Union Jack and the European flag hanging outside European House in Smith Square, London"

Recently we had a chat here at The Aidis Trust about the image descriptions we put on our blog to help visually impaired people, so I thought it may be useful to write a post about why it’s important to have these image descriptions.

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