UCanDoIT Learner Hits The Airwaves

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UCanDoIT ITQ learner Joanne Wacha was live on 107 Meridian fm local community radio for East Grinstead and surrounding villages Tuesday 13th and 20th. She says "I think I have found one of my definite vocations in life, a major plus is I have met real lovely people with visual impairments and some of them are becoming friends for life."

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UCanDoIT Expands into North West England

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UCanDoIT have won funding to extend our home training services to disabled people in Liverpool, Manchester and surrounding areas.  The funding from the Westminster Foundation will enable the charity to appoint a Local Outreach Officer/ Administrator to help us promote our service to disabled people and other organisations in the region.

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ITQ - First Learner to Pass

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Ahsan Naseer, 26, is Deaf  and worked with his tutor using BSL to become the first of our learners to pass the ITQ.

Ahsan who already holds ECDL Levels 1 and 2 said “It is easier working one to one at home with a tutor who can sign than in a class”. Ahsan who lives in Forest Gate originally learnt Pakistan Sign Language and reads and writes in Urdu.

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UCanDoIT Delivers 35,000th Lesson

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Mary, 69, of Ealing had her first lesson and became the recipient of our 35,000th lesson.

Mary (pictured with her tutor Ramesh) is originally from Northern Ireland and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 20 years ago. She relies on her husband for care as she is unable to walk or perform many tasks on her own.

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UCanDoIT Recognised for Accessibility Expertise

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UCanDoIT has been awarded the status of Accredited Centre of Excellence by the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT.

The recognition follows the work of the charity with blind/visually impaired and deaf/hearing impaired learners on the ITQ. UCanDoIT won a contract to teach 100 learners level 1 and level 2 ITQ over a two year period.

The BCS recognises the work of the charity in creating learning opportunities tailored to the needs of people with disabilities including the creation of a bespoke unit for people using screen readers such as Jaws or Supernova.

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UCanDoIT Give Presentation To British Computer Society

Image Debbie Brixey of UCanDoIT at BCS Accessibility Achievement Day

UCanDoIT were invited to give a presentation to the British Computer Society (BCS) Accessibility Achievement Day.

The day follows the Accessibility Awareness Day in 2007, when the charity was awarded the BCS Quality Mark as a Courseware Provider.

The Accessibility Achievement Day took place at the BCS headquarters in Central London and celebrated the accessibility achievements associated with BCS qualifications.

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UCanDoIT Wins TalkTalk Award

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UCanDoIT was one of 30 of the UK’s most exciting charity projects chosen to win one of theTalkTalk Awards, run in partnership with UK digital inclusion charity Citizens Online.

The awards are given to organisations that best demonstrate how they use technology in an innovative way.  UCanDoIT received a grant of £2,000 to help fund this particular project. The Awards are designed to help groups make the most of the internet by encouragingapplications for investment in PCs, hardware, software or technical expertise. 

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UCanDoIT Staff Put the "Fun" into Fun Run

Members of Team UCanDoIT before the Fun Run

Team UCanDoIT, consisting of 10 women from the charity's head office and some tutors took part in the Adidas Women's 5K Challenge on the 6 September 2009.

Deciding to put the Fun into the Fun Run the team all wore vivid orange wigs in keeping with the charity's logo. This included  Guide Dog Cally sporting an orange ribbon. 

The team completed the course in a reasonable time of just one hour and funds raised from this should amount to almost £2,000. This will be used to provide training for students in the near future.

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UCanDoIT Tutor is IT Trainer of the Year

David Brown, with family, accepting his award from the Duke of Westminster

David Brown,  who is based in Merseyside, has won the prestigious APM Group IT Trainer of the Year organised by the British Computer Society(BCS).

David lost his sight and right hand in a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia in December 2000. He spent 3 years rehabilitating and once again learning how to use a computer. He covers the Northwest of the country and specialises in teaching people with visual impairments.

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UCanDoIT to offer ITQ Unit in Screen Readers

UCanDoIT have been given approval by the British Computer Society (BCS) to offer students on our Transition to Work project an ITQ unit on screen readers. ITQ is the NVQ for IT users. It consists of a series of units that can be personalised. This new unit, for blind and visually impaired learners, will be offered at both Level 1 and 2. This means that learners who use software such as Jaws or Supernova to access programmes on their computers can now include their knowledge as part of the qualification. Read more »