On 3 December, International Day of People with Disabilities, we are showing our best purple.
Lets help connect a disabled person to their loved ones this Christmas.
Half of disabled people say they feel lonely. 1 in 5 don't have access to the internet. While many of us have relied on technology to stay connected with friends and loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic, even more disabled people have felt isolated.
Nobody should be alone at Christmas. Those with a disability can feel especially isolated and lonely. We want to change this. With your help, we can connect people with disabilities with their loved ones this winter and bring them some much needed emotional support and comfort at a really important time.
Through our digital inclusion programmes, we help more disabled people to become digitally independent, training them in how to use the internet safely and providing them with the assistive technology they need to get connected.
Your support could help more people like Bev. Bev had a stroke many years ago and now has very limited mobility as a result. She also can’t always make herself easily understood to unfamiliar people. We’ve been working with Bev to introduce her to new assistive technologies to help her communicate.
For Bev, the Gridpad 12 device with a ‘fast talker’ Gridset has been a great option. To operate the device, there is a switch attached to her chair that she operates with her left tricep. Through a series of switch ‘clicks’, Bev can scroll down and across the keyboard to select the letter she wants. A predictive text engine also helps Bev form the words she wants to use.
The Gridpad 12 also means she can access Skype to speak to her family. Something she really wanted to be able to do.
Bev’s family are really pleased with how she has been progressing with the technology. Her daughter Jo said the technology has “given her independence like never before!”
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Purple is the colour of disability. We want those with a disability to be seen – not only by their friends and family at Christmas but always. Too often we overlook those who need us the most. Show that you, like us, see purple by proudly wearing purple and sharing your very best purple on social media.