Comment from Clive: We need more transparency about the pros and cons of technologies

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Research tells us that most assistive technology equipment is abandoned, often within the first year. Products frequently fail to match consumer expectations for effectiveness, durability, comfort and ease of use.

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Comment from Clive: Voice recognition comes of age

clive-gilbertSince the dawn of mainstream personal computing in the 1980s, the mouse and keyboard have become such an integral part of our daily routines that it might seem hard to imagine how or why we would consider life without them. And yet, technologists are always seeking breakthroughs that will herald the next big thing to revolutionise our increasingly digitised world.

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Life without the NHS: working as a therapist in St Lucia

hannamcfaddenHanna McFadden, Children’s Physiotherapist, works for Honeylands, a Specialist Children’s Centre based in Devon. She has also been working with us at Designability to help develop Dynamic Seating for young children with dystonic cerebral palsy.

Hanna is currently on sabbatical over in St Lucia and has just shared her first account of how different medical treatment is there, along with some of the stories of the fascinating people she has met.

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Community spirit: fundraising to power young children’s independent mobility

alison-rushgroveLast year, Bath Golf Club chose Designability as their charity of the year. In that time, they managed to raise enough to fund two more Wizzybugs for the loan scheme. Here, Alison Rushgrove, former Ladies Captain and member of Bath Golf Club, tells their story and reveals how her own personal experiences led them to us.

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A brief history of the Wizzybug Loan Scheme: Nina’s story

nina-evansNina Evans, Research Occupational Therapist at Designability, was part of the team that developed our Wizzybug wheelchair. Here, she looks back at how Designability worked to design a fun mobility device that could transform the lives of young disabled children.

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Technological heroes: The teams helping Paralympians and ‘ordinary’ people to take on the world

alexl-v2-285x285Alex Leach, Commercial Manager at Designability, leads all of the commercial and financial aspects of our work which includes negotiating contracts with partner organisations and ensuring our products can reach as many people as possible. Here she explores the debate around assistive devices in sport and the teams behind our incredible athletes.

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Assistive technology and me: living an independent life with cerebral palsy

clive-gilbertWe are pleased to introduce a guest blogger for our special post for World Cerebral Palsy Day. Clive Gilbert was born with profound cerebral palsy and is an extensive user of assistive technology. Here he looks back on his childhood and how much of an important part technology played in his development into a becoming an independent young man.

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