Treloar Trust

Adapting Technology - Changing Lives

The Treloar's Assistive Technology Service is the application of technology, both ‘high’ and ‘low’ tech, to empower our students who have a wide range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy to independently access and fully participate in their education.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 September 2012 to 12:00 AM, 1 August 2013

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1092857)

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Situation

Profound and complex disability means our children and young people have severely limited movement. Over 60% of our children and young people are only able to move their head, eyes or part of their limbs, meaning they are unable to operate their wheelchairs and are reliant on other people for even basic independence. In addition 30% of our students have no natural speech and 30% of our students have a permanent visual impairment relating to their condition.

Solution

Our Assistive Technology Service consists of a highly specialised team of people who assess, design, adjust, fine-tune and modify equipment and devices to maximise students’ independence. The team might adapt a computer keyboard and joystick for a child with limited hand movement so he or she can use a PC independently. Or they might add a special switch to a wheelchair so that the student can operate it with a part of their body so they can get to a lesson unaided.