Using a computer is an everyday experience for many of us, whether for work, school or fun. When you are in hospital, miles from home, having access to email and the internet is even more important, giving you the chance to keep in touch with loved ones and to stay connected with the outside world. But for those with limited or no hand movement, standard computer keyboards and mice are simply of no use.
The specialist equipment used by the Aspire Assistive Technology Programme means that anyone, regardless of the level of their injury, can independently use a computer. The Aspire facilities are sited in the NHS Spinal Injury Centres and make use of head controlled mice, voice recognition software and other technology that gives every patient the chance to email friends and family, keep in control of their banking, and do all those other tasks that make computers invaluable to us all.
To ensure that the patients get the most out of the equipment, Aspire’s volunteers – many of them ex-patients themselves – are on hand to teach them how to use it. And for those on bed-rest, our mobile computer units can even come to the patient, meaning that no one misses out.