In 2017/18, we will:

  • launch an information portal to signpost and share best practice advice and guidance
  • expand IT skills and confidence training by developing our assistive technology expertise to support more disabled people and staff
  • initiate a pilot for a global youth leader project and deliver an international learning event to illustrate the case for support

We will support people on their individual journey to have the education, skills and confidence to move to a personalised budget, work or self employment.

We will continue to grow our international work to support children with disabilities to access education and offer careers advice for young people in the UK. We will develop our IT skills and confidence services to ensure access to information and social activity.

We will provide specialist advice services to influence others to supply high quality support.

Keith's story

KeithDiscover IT is a ground-breaking programme that gives disabled adults access to computers to develop their skills and interests. Over the past seven years, Discover IT has supported around 8,500 people, with 1,262 of these being in 2016/17.

The programme supports a network of accessible IT centres around the UK that enable our care and support services to maximise opportunities through use of IT equipment. DiscoverIT @ home is a creative scheme which gives disabled people an opportunity to access IT equipment and specialist adaptations within their own homes and extends our reach in this vital area.

Keith, who has cerebral palsy, was a Discover IT participant via the Discover IT @ Home project. We provided him with specially adapted equipment that meant he could use a computer. Keith first came to the centre in Swansea when he was studying for an IT certificate. Having passed with 90%, he started to volunteer at the Centre on a regular basis, supporting both the centre manager and the people with disabilities using the facilities.

After volunteering for four years, Keith used his exceptional skills to apply for a role with our Discover IT team as a paid member of staff as a digital inclusion officer. He knew what people needed, having been a customer himself.

‘I didn’t have a computer before Discover IT supported me with a DIT @ home PC. I can now broadcast to the world on Vaughn Live TV and keep in contact with friends and family with Skype and email.

‘It has broadened my horizons. This has been of great benefit to me, as I enjoy being an IT support worker and it has given me a new purpose in life.’

— Keith