Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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At Brain in Hand we are thrilled that this year’s IDoDP theme is “

The Promise of Technology.” As a UK success story, our technology has been leading the way in helping vulnerable and disabled people to live and work independently, improving self-esteem, motivation and wellbeing.

We firmly believe that, wherever possible, mainstream engagement is critical to promoting independence for disabled people. That’s why individuals start using our technology in schools and continue using it through college or university and into the workplace.  The stars are now aligned for the “promise of technology” to be delivered. Government programmes, such as Disability Confident have opened the eyes of employers to opportunities and NHS initiatives such as “Mindtech.org” are realising the potential of technology to help people with Mental health, Autism Spectrum or ADHD conditions to achieve unprecedented levels of independence.

In one trial with nearly 40 people with Autism and/or learning difficulties in Devon, 77% of users said that Brain in Hand “had a very positive impact on their lives” allowing them to get on with their day, reducing loneliness and anxiety and helping them to understand and manage the things which cause them difficulties. At the same time as these personal improvements, Brain in Hand also allowed the partnership trust to save costs, sometimes by up to £500 per person per week.

Brain in Hand are also supporting the Lottery Funded and award winning Step Into Work Programme where over 160 adults with Asperger’s will be supported into a working environment. Students are using Brain in Hand to increase independence and personal management of the little things in life that often prevent service users achieve employment goals.

The disabled community are an incredible but sometimes under estimated and under utilised asset to UK Plc. At Brain in Hand we experience nothing but a willingness to succeed amongst the disabled people who use our technology and the carers who support them. It’s fantastic that using such simple everyday technology as Brain in Hand, can help people manage their own lives and achieve levels of independence that they never thought possible.

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