Event round up: Technology Taskforce Megaquiz

By Dean Haynes

A raft of BDF Members, Partners and associates descended onto Canary Wharf once again on Tuesday 2 December to attend the annual Technology Taskforce MegaQuiz. Kindly hosted by Taskforce members Barclays, the evening followed the format of many well-known quiz shows, including a blast from the past in the form of Blockbusters!

People sitting at tables ready for the MegaQuiz to beginNow in its third year, the Technology Taskforce holds the annual MegaQuiz as an opportunity for ICT practitioners and others to put their disability knowledge to the test, with this year’s quiz led by CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell. Eleven teams from across BDF membership pitted their wits against one another for the glory of being named Technology Taskforce MegaQuiz champions of 2014.

Lucy Ruck, Technology Taskforce Manager at Business Disability Forum, said:

“The annual MegaQuiz is an opportunity for ICT professionals to come together in a fun environment and test their own knowledge of how disability affects business against their own peers, clients, competitors and suppliers – all while having an enjoyable evening out with colleagues”.

“The MegaQuiz is also a fantastic opportunity for Technology Taskforce members to network with other like-minded individuals and learn more about how ICT plays a vital role in making our workplaces and services more accessible to disabled people”.

The first round centred on an old classic, the Blockbusters Gold Run, with Cerrie leading the teams across the board before finally asking for “a P please, Bob”. Round two was named “8 out of 10 Guide Dogs”, where teams were asked to pick the right answers from a range of stats. The missing words round came next, where disability-related headlines taken from the news had vital words removed. A host of famous faces on the picture board made up round four, where contestants had to not only put a name to the face, but also name their disability. The last round gave all the teams the chance to almost double their scores on the Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ “Next Lines” round, with points available for the artist, the next line and the artist’s impairment. As you’d expect, there were plenty of people humming their way through the songs to get the right answer!

Just before the quiz came to a close, there was a tense tiebreaker for third place between “The Scousers” from Standard Chartered and “The Quantitative Easings” from Barclays, with The Scousers darting in at the last minute to claim the third-place hamper of goodies. The Microlink-led team of “The Chiefs” were our runners-up, and this year’s MegaQuiz champions were the team from Barclays and AbilityNet.

The final scoreboard from the event

Once again, the whole evening was a resounding success, with plenty of engagement, providing the opportunity to network and meet new people, enjoy some early Christmas cheer whilst having some fun and learning more about disability.

A gallery of professional photos will be available on our Facebook page early next week. For more information on the Technology Taskforce, visit www.technologytaskforce.org

Stat of the day: The most ’employable’ impairment groups

By Angela Matthews

I’ve been looking at – put crudely – the most employable types of conditions and impairments. This is partly due to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) recent report on disabled people’s experiences of barriers to employment. The report is quite data-heavy (which is great fun – really) and looks and 2012 labour force data. Although the EHRC are not using much data that we haven’t seen before, their analysis and explanations are wonderfully in-depth.

The data shows that the two largest impairment groups in employment are skin conditions/allergies (71 per cent) and diabetes (70 per cent). We perhaps don’t need the data to tell us which two groups are most represented in unemployment – learning difficulties (13 per cent) and depression/bad nerves (12 per cent). When we look at economic inactivity (i.e. those not in employment and not looking for or available to work) mental illness comes out worst, with 70 per cent being economically inactive. Progressive illness and learning disabilities come joint second at 52 per cent.

For those who like pretty data charts and colours, the proportions of employment, unemployment, and economic inactivity within each impairment group can be compared:

Comparison chart showing the employment rates of people with different disabilities

For those with learning difficulties and mental illness who are employed, the type of employment tends to be – according to the report – “unskilled, ‘routine’ jobs”. Of the disabled people who are unemployed, the most common reasons for this were cited as the disability or condition itself, lack of job opportunities, and difficulty with transport. Additionally, above lack of experience/qualifications, lack of confidence, and attitudes of employers/colleagues, the disability or condition itself was the main barrier experienced by disabled people in all economic groups – whether they are employed, unemployed, or economically inactive.

If you have any questions or if the chart isn’t accessible, please let me know.