Assistive Technology packages: STOP PRESS in News and EventsEmail to a friend
09 September 2010
Do you know or have contact with a child that has severe disabilities or a statement of Special Educational Needs? Do they need extra help to use computers and get online? If they are from a low-income family and receive certain benefits they could qualify for their own personalised Home Access package with Assistive Technology.
They could be a child you teach, someone you provide support for or even a family friend. But whoever they are, we’re really keen that they know about this fantastic opportunity and can take advantage if they’re eligible.
Limited availability, unlimited opportunities
More than 4,000 learners with severe disabilities have already taken up this opportunity, and although availability is limited, there are still plenty of Home Access packages with Assistive Technology just waiting to be snapped up.
So what will a learner get in a Home Access package with Assistive Technology? As each package is tailored to the learner’s individual needs it’s difficult to say exactly, but it could include anything from specialist access devices, such as a mouth-controlled mouse, dedicated software to help them more easily interact with web pages or even touch screen technologies to help them access a computer and the internet.
Want to learn more?
Details about the eligibility criteria for Home Access packages with Assistive Technology, the type of equipment on offer and how to apply can all be found on the dedicated website www.homeaccess.org.uk
If you’d like to see a short film about how Assistive Technologies are making a real difference to learners with severe disabilities or special educational needs take a look here.
You can also learn more about how Assistive Technology helps learners, as well as finding helpful support resources by visiting the Our Home Access website’s Assistive Technology and SEN pages.
How Ryanna and her mum really clicked
Learning difficulties can leave many children feeling isolated. Ryanna, who is confined to a wheelchair and has severe learning difficulties, discovered new lines of communication through Home Access. She used to spend many hours watching TV. Since getting a Home Access package with Assistive Technology her and her mum now get online together, play games together and have fun together.
It is helping to stimulate Ryanna and enabling mum to get more involved in her schoolwork. As mum says, “it’s making a real difference at home... as well as linking school learning to home learning, a happy occupied child makes a happy family.”
Visit homeaccess.org.uk to learn more