ConnectAbility is our three year fundraising appeal to raise £250,000 for life-changing assistive technology that helps disabled people live more independently.
We launched the ConnectAbility appeal in 2014 to raise funds for assistive technology, such as iPads and eye trackers, to increase the independence of the people we support. We have almost reached our target; benefiting service users from right across the country. With your help we can transform the lives of even more disabled people.
Life without technology would just be so boring!William, Ernest Kleinwort Court
There are many ways that you can help.
If you would like to promote ConnectAbility and improve communication for many of the men and women we support, or would like to complete a challenge in aid of our appeal please email email@example.com or call our friendly team on 01444 237286.
My Kindle is amazing, it has opened new doors and given me independence, and a new family!
Jackie, Gregory Court
I love using new technology. It is an absolute Godsend.
Sarah, Shinewater Court
I had previously used the switches to work the computer but it was slow, the eye tracker will make things much quicker
Mark, Shinewater Court
Assistive technology products help disabled users to become more independent. Smart phones and tablets provide a relatively cost effective way to assist in everyday tasks; others are more expensive, such as eye gaze computer technology which enables people to control a computer with their eyes.
Our ConnectAbility Hub allows people to try assistive technology free of charge to help them decide whether it is suitable for their needs.
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.