Communication can be a real challenge for people with Learning Disabilities, leading to frustration, a sense of isolation and a feeling of lack of control in their lives.  Our staff are trained to use lots of different ways to communicate; sign language or visual aids for example, but often this can take a lot of time, and is not always as effective as we’d like because of an individual’s difficulties, and limitations in the methods themselves.  Technology could really help makes things better and easier for those we support.

Great News! Thanks to our generous supporters we have already hit our first target to provide two ipads in our residential service. We have increased our target to £5000, so that we can extend this support to people in our other services. Every £650 could buy another ipad and case for each of our services, or other assistive technology to help people with Learning Disabilities. 

Communicate more effectively at the touch of a button

For example, for Laura (pictured to the left), it would make a real difference to her if she had access to an IPAD with software such as ACCORN Plus, to help her communicate more effectively at the touch of a button.  For instance, when Laura wants to talk about how her day has been, how she is feeling or express any pain she might be experiencing, this technology could help her do that.  It can also be used to plan her activities and explain the sort of appointments she has coming up for the week.

Another software application that could be used with an IPAD is called Brain in Hand.  It is designed for people with limited communication skills and / or autism who suffer with anxiety.  It is tailored around the individual and their routines, so that they can express themselves when they feel anxious or when situations may be getting difficult for them. 

Being able to have a conversation is such a simple thing, yet it can be so challenging for people with Learning Disabilities. This year we are raising money to support people through assistive technology. If we reach our new target of 5000 this could purchase ten IPADS as communication aids, or provide other technology support to help improve the lives of those people we support.

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