Comment from Clive: Microsoft’s Eye Control feature heralds a new era in computer accessibility

clive-gilbertFor a young disabled person growing up in the 1990s and early 2000s, just as the personal computer was launching its invasion of homes, schools and workplaces; technological development offered a tantalising glimpse of future liberations from restrictions imposed by my impairment. I have cerebral palsy which means that my condition is unlikely to change very much but, from early on, the running presumption was that technological progress would alleviate some of the resulting disadvantages.

During my teenage years, I could see how word processing, email, instant messaging, web browsing and any number of other software applications might revolutionise the way I worked and played. Yet, at the same time, I was frustrated that my lack of fine motor control meant that I was unable to use a mouse and keyboard.

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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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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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