What is Assistive Technology?

High level spinal cord injuries can restrict the use of your arms and hands, and often standard equipment is difficult to use. Our Assistive Technology Facilities include a range of devices and software packages that enable anyone, regardless of their level of injury, to use a computer independently. We regularly research and test new technologies, such as tablet computers, gaming controls and smartphones, so we are able to offer advice in these areas too.

Where are your Centres?

We have facilities in most of the Spinal Injury Centres in the UK and Ireland. They are usually based in the Occupational Therapy department and we also have mobile units on the wards so we can come to you if you are unable to get to us. We currently have staff in Stanmore, Stoke Mandeville, Sheffield, Salisbury, Oswestry and Cardiff Spinal Injury Centres, working one to one with patients and helping them make the most of the technology available. Spinal Centre staff in the other Centres can support patients with the Aspire technology. We also work with patients in general hospital settings across London and the South East.

How do I know which equipment I will need?

The Aspire Assistive Technology staff and/or the Occupational Therapists will work to find the best solution for you. Your needs may change over time and we will continue to work with you to find the best option.

Can I use this equipment at home?

All the equipment that we provide is available to purchase so you can replicate the system you use in hospital when you get home or back to work. If you need financial help to purchase the equipment you may be able to approach statutory services or you might like to consider Aspire’s Your Fund. Just ask your Occupational Therapist for more information or speak to an Independent Living Advisor.

I’ve never used a computer before but now I need one. Can you help?

Yes. Once we have determined what type of equipment or software you need, we will teach you the basics of computing. Once you are familiar with the use of technology, you can then take further courses at college, in the community or online.

Can I use my own laptop on the wards?

Yes. Most wards have WiFi Broadband, others may require you to sign up to mobile broadband with your mobile carrier.

Can I use your technology with my own laptop?

Yes, you can in some cases. Speak to one of the Aspire team for more information.

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