The Disabilities Trust’s #ConnectAbility Hub is based at Shinewater Court in Eastbourne, our residential centre for people with complex physical disabilities. The Hub provides the people who live there and disabled people in the local community with free advice and support on assistive communications technology in a safe and friendly environment.

Our team at Shinewater Court will support disabled people to match their abilities, preferences, environmental contexts and barriers to the most beneficial technological device. There is a wide range of hardware and software. For example, you can try out technology that enables you to:

  • Build sentences and create a voice using Grid 3 on an iPad
  • Turn electrical appliances on and off wirelessly with iClick
  • Control a computer with your eyes using the MyGaze Plus

A full list of the technology available at the hub can be found here.

Many of the people we support at The Disabilities Trust have had their lives transformed by assistive technology and are able to live more independently, maximise their ability to make choices and communicate with others.

Steven is a service user at Victoria House. He has cerebral palsy, with very limited control of his body movements and little ability to communicate. Thanks to #ConnectAbility, an eye reader has been purchased that can be operated by tracking the user’s eye movements. He said: “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!

The Disabilities Trust’s #ConnectAbility Hub is open to all members of the public with a disability and Professionals on a referral basis. To book your session visit www.connectabilityhub.com.

We are also running a free Expert Seminar for professionals on 20th September 2018, gathering inspiring and informed speakers from across the country to share innovative new practices and research on assistive technology. To find out more information click here.