ConnectAbility - a national £250k, three year fundraising appeal for assistive technology for service users


ConnectAbility Appeal

The ConnectAbility appeal will raise money for new assistive technology devices for all of our Disability Lifestyles services in the UK. Our aim is to provide a full range of communications technology devices, including eye trackers for each of our five residential Disability Lifestyles services across England.

Barrie's Blog 12th September 2014

As we go into what appears to be the ‘Reality TV’ season, I was suddenly aware that virtually every night’s schedule is offering us so called insight into everything from the world of teaching to the problems of obesity...

Barrie's Blog 29th August 2014

The summer period saw the Department of Health publish an important consultation that looks at the practical guidance surrounding the new Care Act which comes into force next year. The Act and its accompanying legislation will be the vehicle that defines a new era of social care.

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Topical Stories

Tool developed to evidence symptoms of brain injury in a social care setting

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), part of The Disabilities Trust, has developed a specialist tool to help social workers evidence brain injury and its effects during the assessment and care planning process. A meeting between the Department of Health and BIRT at the end of 2013 established that some local authorities were concerned about building an accurate picture of the care and support needs of individuals with brain injury, because of the complexities of the condition.

Trust CEO Barrie Oldham to retire

Barrie Oldham, Chief Executive of national charity The Disabilities Trust, has announced that he will retire in the Spring of 2015. Barrie will have been with the Trust for 23 years in a number of roles including Service Manager for BIRT’s Daniel Yorath House, Director of BIRT and the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer.

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