The charity Livability has launched a fund-raising appeal to provide new assistive technology equipment for young people who live and study in its establishments, many of whom have speech and motor skills difficulties. The Switch On Independence Appeal aims to raise the £67,000 needed to purchase new computer equipment and upgrade the charity’s existing adapted technology provision.
Touch-screen devices will be used to enable students who lack the fine motor skills needed to use a mouse to operate a computer. Symbol language software will also be used to help those with speech difficulties to communicate with those around them.
Helen Deathridge, Livability’s Head of Individual Giving, says that most people take computers for granted and rely on them as crucial tools in their work and personal lives. “For our disabled students, access to computers is even more crucial as they help increase their independence and enable them to communicate”, she says.
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