NHS areas and constituencies

This is a dataset article. It presents information on which parliamentary constituencies are contained within which clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). It also provides the relationship with the old primary care trusts (PCTs) for people wanting to look at historical data.  There are two obvious uses for the dataset: if you have an issue with a CCGs performance this will help you find the set of MPs who are meant to be paying attention to it.  if you are looking at a particular constituency or set…

I’ll say this for the youth. New words are easier to spell.

I’ll say this for young people and words. The ones that young people add to the language are easier to spell.  ‘Lol’ is an easy word to write.  ‘Selfie’ is sensible and helpfully orthogonal to such other words as ‘onesie’.  The new words have little time for such silly things as silent letters, double letters, ‘c’s when you mean ‘s’ or ‘k’ and  words that clearly make no sense in respect to the prounation (I’m looking at you ‘through’).  (There are couple of exceptions: “lolled”…

Friday Requiem: People with disabilities represented pretty well on TV actually – but only if you have the right disability.

Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So each Friday I’ll be picking a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops. Last year I wrote about the GLAAD report that included some information about how well people with disabilities are represented on US TV. …

iPhone to Mac clipboard

As a bit of a change of pace from the heavily political/disability focus I’ve had recently, I thought I’d share this tip about transferring URLS and lumps of text between your iPhone and mac. Like many people with both a macBook and an iPhone I’ve struggled to find a way to share a clipboard between them. Regularly I’ll want to text friends a link, or put a long “This is where you need to be and when” email into a text message.  Equally I want…

Mark Harper, Minister of State for Disabled People

Today we finish up my five part series interviewing the Disability spokespeople from the UK political parties.  This final interview is with Mark Harper, Minister of State for Disabled People, and thus pretty far up the ladder. Mark became the Minister on 15th July 2014 having been in parliament since 2005. JR: You’ve very recently become Disability Minister, what do you think is the really key challenge you are going to be facing in role? My top priority is sorting out the delays in the…

Brian Whitmer : CoughDrop AAC

So as you are all aware – I do a big line in AAC and like to keep my eye out for anything innovative that it turning up in the area. With that in mind I’m bringing you this post by Brian Whitmer, who is, on this very day, launching CoughDrop, an online AAC solution, which, so far, has had a much more sensible relationship with things like open licensing, and accessible code than most, if not all, the big manufactures.  I’ll let Brian tell…

Kate Green, Shadow Minister for Disability

Third in our  set of four political interviews Is  Kate Green Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston and Shadow Minister for Disabilities.  I’m keeping to a rule of ‘NO editorialising’ on these interviews so I’ll let the Q&A do the talking.  I’m just back from a very international meeting of disability bloggers and it was fascinating to see how differently (often worse) disability is treated internationally.  Do you think that the UK is setting a high standard in terms of disability policy or are…