Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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A team that wants to change the world

The original concept for Brain in Hand came from Dr Tony Brown, the Clinical Director of the Autism Diagnostic Research Centre and one of their founder Directors Andrew Stamp, whose son has autism. Andrew and Tony spotted the need to provide assistance to people both within a supported environment, but crucially to help them on their journey to greater independence. Andrew went on to found Brain in Hand.

Since that initial insight we have come a long way. Working closely with leading support providers, we systematically developed and tested the technology over three years. But that time and effort has paid off. Today, from the Innovation Centre at Exeter University, we work with charities, social services, NHS trusts, schools and universities across the UK to greater personalise care with Brain in Hand and put the individual more in control of their support.

We have won awards for our technology and every day are amazed and delighted to read the impact reports shared with us from our customers and touched by the difference the technology is making to individuals.

Led by Chief Executive Officer, David Fry, our team includes professionals with backgrounds in healthcare, psychology, business and education united by the vision ‘to develop the best technology to improve the independence of vulnerable people at all stages in their life’. We see a future that puts people in control of their own lives, accessing professional support only when they need it – a future which enables support to become much more effective and organisations to spread their limited resources further.

We are now also overseeing the technology’s use to help people with conditions other than autism, including anxiety, mild or moderate mental illness, or recovering from brain injury, and feedback by users across these conditions is extremely encouraging.

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Latest News

How councils are saving up to 1/3 on support costs

Did you know that the cost of supporting an individual with autism or a mental health condition ranges from £33,000 to £98,000 per annum? More than 30 local authorities and providers are using Brain in Hand to reduce the costs of support whilst dramatically improving outcomes. We’ve gathered 4 great examples. To plan how Brain in Hand read more


Wolverhampton City Council Innovates independent living

As part of its “Valuing People Now” strategy, Wolverhampton City Council is working to give people with learning difficulties more options for independence.  With Department of Health funding, it’s creating alternative housing with innovative support, including Brain in Hand, to help people live as independently as possible. The programme will give residents options to move read more


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Our Users

  • Brain in Hand has helped me to solve all sorts of problems by myself, which has really built my confidence. For example, I have an issue with eye contact when I talk with friends. To solve this, I plan in advance what I can say to a person, which is something I put into my Brain in Hand.

    Brain in Hand user

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  • I wish that there had been something like this when I was a headteacher of a challenging school for those individuals who were either autistic or suffered from anxiety. It would have added another level of support.

    Parent of a Brain in Hand user

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  • “We can use Brain in Hand to help people to achieve those outcomes and use the data from the system to demonstrate this: You put the same things into Brain in Hand that are being measured by the council.”

    Brain in Hand user

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