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A Big Lottery grant of £10,000 has enabled us to purchase 3D printers and a comprehensive training package for the ConnectAbility fundraising campaign. The printers are currently under trial, with the assistance of a disabled volunteer, and are being used to print equipment which will make people with complex disabilities more independent.

The printers will then be allocated to Hubs and will open up opportunities for individuals who (for example) can’t use a mouse or a switch to operate communications equipment. The printer will print a ‘joy stick’ with a grip tailored to them so that they can use the equipment. The printers can also be used to create modified kitchen equipment such as tin openers which enhance independent lifestyles.