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Press release: RBS launch SignVideo service

05 May 2016
To coincide with Deaf Awareness Week, Business Disability Forum (BDF) Partner RBS is launching a new service for British Sign Language (BSL) customers, making it possible to instantly chat with the bank through a BSL interpreter.
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Press release: First-ever award for businesses that recognise the power of the 'purple pound'

03 May 2016
The 'purple pound' is worth £212 billion. Three quarters of disabled people and their families have left a shop or business because of poor customer service or a lack of disability awareness. Two-thirds of disabled people think products aren’t developed with them in mind.
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“Think to Speak” technology finally becomes a reality for millions of people worldwide unable to verbally communicate

27 April 2016
Using brainwave commands and a wireless connected EEG headset, from Emotiv, the technology can also send a “thought message” to anyone via a push notification (in-app SMS). (BioPortfolio)
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Barclays launch first B2B portal setting out how businesses can make their products and services more accessible

26 April 2016
Long-standing Business Disability Forum (BDF) Partner Barclays is committed to sharing their journey towards being the most accessible bank with the wider business community - especially those smaller and medium size enterprises (SMEs).
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City firms join Aspiring Solicitors at event promoting disability awareness

25 April 2016
Reed Smith and Mayer Brown recently joined Aspiring Solicitors at an event discussing how to increase awareness and understanding of disabilities in the legal profession. Key issues were discussed, like when and how to disclose disabilities to employers and the implementation of necessary adjustments. (Law Careers)
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Press release: Business Disability Forum launch new toolkit on retaining disabled employees

21 April 2016
London, UK – Business Disability Forum (BDF) is pleased to launch its Retention Toolkit and Maturity Model, 'Retaining great disabled employees: from ad hoc to best practice'.
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Employers urged to 'take the lead' over mental health issues at work

18 April 2016
Newly published figures from a YouGov survey of 1,165 Scottish workers found only 30% think their manager cares about their emotional well-being, while 23% would not discuss a mental health problem if they had one, for fear of the reaction from others. (Carluke Gazette)
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Google will let you navigate around your phone, hands-free

15 April 2016
Voice Access is part of Google's effort to make its phones more accessible to people with disabilities that prevent them from using their hands or seeing the screen clearly. (CNET)
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How are brands taking a proactive approach to disability?

14 April 2016
Marketing Week’s diversity survey revealed a lack of representation for disabled people within marketing departments. Half of marketers surveyed (51%) said they did not work alongside anyone with a disability. However, there are signs that some brands are beginning to take a more proactive approach. (Marketing Week)
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Google awards $20 million to 29 innovative disability nonprofits

13 April 2016
Google has announced 29 winners of its Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, which launched in May last year to invest in non-profit organizations using technology to increase independence for disabled people around the world. (gizmag)
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