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Travel App Launch

July 14, 2017 ENABLE Works news

Charity previews new travel app for UK Employability Day

Minister and ENABLE Scotland work graduates are first to see new ENABLE Me travel app at Glasgow’s Transport Museum.

ENABLE Scotland celebrated UK Employability Day by previewing its new travel app ENABLE Me at Glasgow’s Transport Museum with Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability, and graduates from its work skills programme.

The new app – due to be launched later this year – has been developed to help people who have a learning disability build key independent travel skills, so often a barrier to finding work and being a part of their community.

Users will be able to use a mix of pictures and text to plan and store their journeys, giving them the confidence to travel without the need for support.

They will also be able to store key work tasks, create a work log and develop a personal calendar detailing every aspect of their working day.

The app is the brainchild of the charity’s ENABLE Works employability team and was developed by ICT specialists from J P Morgan’s Force For Good programme.

Jamie Rutherford, head of employability at ENABLE Scotland, said: “So often it’s the things we take for granted that can become barriers for people who have a learning disability, and travelling independently is one of those.

ENABLE me could change all that for a lot of people as they can customise the app to meet their particular travel needs. And with the people being in control of what they add to the app, it gives them the confidence their journey isn’t going to be a mystery tour.”

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “Congratulations to ENABLE Scotland for developing this fantastic new travel app which will help tackle some of the barriers people with learning disabilities and additional support needs can often face when it comes to the practicalities of attending job interviews and work. This new resource will help people plan their journeys and build up their confidence to travel independently.

“It is particularly fitting that ENABLE Scotland is launching this app on the second annual Employability Day which is an opportunity to raise publicity around the range of services people in Scotland can access to help get into work. These include our Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland services which are delivering a fairer approach to employment support for people with health conditions and disabilities, ensuring people can access these without the threat of being sanctioned.”

The app is now being handed out to people who have a learning disability to test it and feed back to developers at J P Morgan.

Cameron Drennan from J P Morgan said: “It has taken quite a while to get to this point, but seeing it finally working has made all the work worthwhile. Now we look forward to people who will benefit from the app letting us know how we can make it even better.

“It’s a perfect example of how we can address challenges through technology – something our Force For Good programme was set up to do.”

The event also celebrated the achievements of people from the charity’s EAST programme (Employment Academy for Supported Training) who had found work or had gained vital qualifications this year.

EAST supports people in East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire who have a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder to gain skills and find work. Since it was set up in 2014, it has supported 108 people to gain new skills and 42 to find paid work.

Rebecca Fletcher, one of the graduates, said: “I am really looking forward to meeting the Minister, Jamie Hepburn, at the celebration event and telling him about the support ENABLE Scotland has given me.

“I am so confident now and looking forward to starting college.”

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