Natalie using a virtual assistant speaker

#ISeePurple

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Natalie shares how your support can make a difference.

While many of us have relied on technology to stay connected with friends and loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic, even more disabled people have felt isolated.

On 3 December, International Day of People with Disabilities, we are showing our best purple.

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Step one. Purple

Pledge to wear or do something purple on Thursday 3 December for International Day of Disabled Persons

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Step two. Tag

Tag four friends and ask them to see purple too

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Step three. Share

On 3 December take a picture and post on social media using #ISeePurple

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Step four. Donate

Donate £5 each to Leonard Cheshire and help a disabled person get online

Bev's story

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!”

Bev using assistive tech at Hill House
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Donate £5

Could help towards getting a disabled person online – including training on how to safely use the internet.

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Brian and Dave using a tablet

Donate £15

Could help pay for a tablet so that a disabled person can have video calls with their family.

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Natalie using a virtual assistant speaker

Donate £25

Could buy a virtual assistant so that a disabled person can make calls and connect to the world around them.

We’re supporting #ISeePurple

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lottie hulmes

"Posing in this v cosy purple scarf for a reason today 💜 Leonard Cheshire is calling on the public to take part in a new social media campaign"

OK mag reporter Lottie Hulme

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"First things first please join me and participate in @leonardcheshire’s campaign #ISeePurple"

Campaigner and TV presenter Sophie Morgan

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Mark Esho wearing a purple wig

"The Disabled Access Rating App is supporting the Leonard Cheshire #iseepurple campaign to help raise awareness."

Disabled entrepreneur Mark Esho

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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.

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