"I love using new technology, it gives me access to online books to read. I can play games and communicate with others."

#ConnectAbility is a three year fundraising appeal to raise £250,000 for life-changing assistive technology that will help disabled people live more independently.

  • £10 can help buy an iPad
  • £20 can help buy technology training
  • £30 can help buy a 3D printer
  • £50 can help buy a Tobii Eye Tracker

The story so far

We launched the #ConnectAbility appeal in 2014 to fundraise for assistive technology, such as iPads and eye trackers, to increase the independence of the people we support. We have very nearly reached the #ConnectAbility appeal target; benefitting service users from across the country.

Life without technology would just be so boring!”

William, Ernest Kleinwort Court
What’s next?

Many of the people we support at The Disabilities Trust have had their lives transformed thanks to assistive technology. They are now able to live more independent lives and maximise their ability to make choices and communicate with others. The next stage of the appeal sees the opening of our new #ConnectAbility 'Hubs'. These facilities will be available to disabled people so they can try out new assistive technology, ask questions and learn how it all works.

Get Involved & Donate Now

If you're interested in promoting #ConnectAbility to help improve communication for many of the men and women we support please email fundraising@thedtgroup.org or call us on 01444 237286.

To join our lovely group of #ConnectAbility supporters and celebrities in our Pinterest gallery simply email us a photo of you with our #ConnectAbility poster (download by clicking the below picture) using the above email address. Thank you so much for your support, you can make a difference!

Donate via our #ConnectAbility JustGiving page

Donate by text:
Text CONE705 to 70070 to donate £5
Text CONE7010 to 70070 to donate £10

Many people take technology for granted

  • How many times have you reached for your phone today, to call someone or send a text?
  • How many emails have you sent from your laptop?
  • How many purchases or internet searches have you made from your tablet?
  • How many times have you simply spoken to someone today?

For most of us, technology is part of our everyday lives. Our #ConnectAbility appeal means The Disabilities Trust can give disabled people access to technology and training that helps them contact people without having to rely on anyone else.

  • "I love using new technology. It gives me access to online books, I can play games and communicate with friends. Technology is an absolute Godsend for me." Sarah, Shinewater Court
  • "It is so good to be able to speak again." Kevin
  • "My Kindle is amazing, it has opened new doors and given me independence, and a new family!" Jackie, Gregory Court
  • "I had previously been using the switches to work the computer but it was slow, the eye tracker will make things much quicker. I enjoy using Facebook and Google and I'm working with a tutor to find out what else we can do." Mark, Shinewater Court
  • “Life without technology would just be so boring!” William, Ernest Kleinwort Court
  • "I enjoy living at Victoria House. It feels like it is my home. I like going on the eye tracker to speak to my mum on Skype, It is simply the best thing that has ever been invented!” Stephen, Victoria House

Steven's story

Steven has lived at Victoria House, our disability service in Hull, for the last nine years and has cerebral palsy. His condition means he has very limited control of his body movements and posture as well little ability to communicate. Steven is very close to his Mum, but she lives on the other side of the country and can only make the 270 mile round trip every other month. This has been very difficult for Steven and he feels quite lonely being apart from his family.

Thanks to #ConnectAbility an eye reader has been purchased for Victoria House and installed in their training suite. This means there is now a computer available that can be operated by tracking the user’s eye movements.

Steven uses this new technology to good advantage and now has the wonderful opportunity of contacting his Mum on a regular basis. He has set up a Skype account and sees his Mum at least twice a week. Steven said this has made a huge difference as before he could only speak to her by phone in between visits. He said “It is simply the best thing that has ever been invented!” This is just one example of how #ConnectAbility has made a real difference to service users' lives.

What is assistive technology?


Service user Kevin has been given a 'voice' through his iPad, for the first time in 20 years after a vicious attack left him with severe brain damage, broken bones and right side paralysis. Kevin typed his own message at the end of his first day with the iPad, simply saying "It is so good to be able to speak again."


Jackie at Gregory Court discovered a part of her family she never knew existed, by using her e-Reader and Facebook account. She is now back in touch with many friends she thought she had lost after spending years together. Her e-reader's touch screen and stylus means Jackie can now easily turn pages and communicate with her contacts. She can access puzzles, music, shopping and social media, all through one device. This has opened up new possibilities for her, as well as helping improve her independence. Read Jackie's full story here.

Keep up-to-date with the latest #ConnectAbility developments on Facebook and Twitter.