Everyone at The Disabilities Trust would like to say a huge thank you to all of our #ConnectAbility supporters who have helped us to raise £100,000 for this important appeal before the end of its first year.

This three year appeal aims to raise £250,000 for life-changing 'assistive communications technology' to help our Disability Lifestyles service users live more independently. We have been overwhelmed by your generous support, which has already helped us provide service users with essential assistive technology to help them communicate without having to rely on other people.

How does assistive technology help?

Steven has Cerebral Palsy and lives at Victoria House in Hull. His condition means he has very limited control of his body movements and significant difficulties communicating. Steven is very close to his mum, but she lives on the opposite side of the country; around 135 miles away in Chester. She is only able to undertake the 270 mile round trip to see him every other month. In the past Steven has found it difficult and quite lonely being apart from his family. Your #ConnectAbility donations helped to fund an Eye Tracker for Steven so he can now contact his mum twice a week using his Skype account. Steven says this has made a really great difference as before he could only speak with her by phone in between visits, but now he can see his mum more often via Skype. He says “It is simply the best thing that has ever been invented!”

Helen Tridgell, Head of Marketing & Fundraising said:

Please get involved in #ConnectAbility and help people like Steven stay connected. Having access to assistive technology has already been life-changing for so many of the people we support.

What next?

We are now approaching year two of the appeal and any future donations will help purchase technology to help our service users communicate with other people and access technology in a variety of new ways. Each Disability Lifestyles service will have a #ConnectAbility 'Hub' where service users can access a range of assistive technology. Members of the local community could also be referred to use the assistive communications equipment.

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