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accessibility research – easy-to-use cookers and washing machines


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What is RiDC doing about the increasing number of flat screens appearing on new products which make them inaccessible to blind people? is a question visually impaired people increasingly ask me in my role as Outreach Manager at the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC). There is real concern that some blind and older people are being left behind and having their choices limited. Smart speaker technology is not suitable for deafblind people and many people continue to need tactile controls and switches on new products. RiDC, as a national research charity, aims to empower consumers in choosing products. We represent the interests of all disabled and older people in making products and services accessible to everyone – www.ridc.org.uk Our high-quality research often uses our consumer panel in mystery shopping, technical research, product evaluations, focus groups and assessing services. The RiDC consumer panel provides our collective wisdom; the knowledge and experience of over 1,300 people.


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Join the RiDC consumer panel


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Please have a big serious think about joining our panel. Be part of the solution. With more people on board, RiDC can continue to highlight the importance of person-centred research to improve access and inclusion.


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Join the RiDC consumer panel online at: http://bit.ly/RiDCnewpanelsignup


You answer a series of questions so that RiDC can match you to the most appropriate research opportunities. The sign-up process takes between 15 and 20 minutes to complete.


If online is not for you, then please ring RiDC on 020 7427 2460 and ask for me, Chris. I'll be more


than happy to phone you back at a convenient time.


RiDC has recently carried out research to find the accessibility features of washing machines and central heating controls. This unique information is available online and also over the phone on the RiDC InfoLine. The RiDC Infoline costs the usual landline phone. Ring 0330 223 53 55.


Ability Needs Magazine


https://www.ridc.org.uk/features-reviews/ home/central-heating


Chris Lofthouse, Outreach Manager at the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC). Email chrislofthouse@ridc.org.uk or give me a ring on 020 7427 2460.


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Choosing an easy-to-use washing machine


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RIDC has sifted through data on models of washing machines. We recommend specific models, listing seven accessibility features on each product. Read more about washing machines at: https://www.ridc.org.uk/ features-reviews/home/washing-machines


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We’ve looked at central heating controls using a checklist of seven features that could make your heating controls more accessible. We considered four types of central heating controls and their money-saving and ease-of-use features including voice, audio output and tactile. There is information on the top 11 heating controls, tested by members of our consumer panel. Read more about central heating controls at:


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