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Brain in Hand has won an SBRI Healthcare Award to assist with our ambition to revolutionise support services for autistic people in the UK. Brain in Hand has been granted a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) award. SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England & NHS Improvement funded initiative that provides investment to innovators to develop read more

The National Autistic Society Facilitation Service is operating reduced opening hours over the 2019 Christmas period. If your Brain in Hand Traffic Lights are connected to this service, then this information may affect you. The service will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25th), Boxing Day (26th), and New Year’s Day (January 1st), and closed read more

Jane Stevens is Wigan Council’s Head of Assistive Technology, a role that has come a long way since she first moved into the field in 2005. With a background in mental health practice, she connected immediately with the vision of a future in which technology would give people greater control over their own lives and read more

BBC Click is the BBC’s flagship technology programme, appearing on five channels across TV and radio as well as online. It aims to provide a user-friendly guide to the latest technology news in the context of today’s important issues. In a recent episode, BBC Click examined a technological approach to helping autistic people manage their read more

  It was great to meet you at the recent CPD Revolution event. I hope you found it useful, and I really want to make sure that we at Brain in Hand are doing everything we can to help you to support students using: A Tailored Approach Brain in Hand Specialists use a personalised, blended read more

Following the tremendous success of last year’s Brain in Hand Minecraft Marathon, which raised an astonishing £1,045 for the amazing local charity Positively Autistic, it’s time to get building for another 24-hour Minecraftathon! On Friday April 5th at 10am we’ll commence our annual building bonanza, which this year will have an underwater vibe: it’s the read more

How can I join in the game?

Glad you asked! You’ll need to install the original Minecraft “Java Edition” on Windows, Mac or Linux (no other “edition” of the game on any platform can join, unfortunately; even the Windows 10 Edition). If you don’t already have it, you can get it from the official Minecraft website, although it currently costs £17.95 to purchase. If you’re not sure, you can try logging in to your Mojang account.

Once downloaded and installed, you’ll need to set it up to play the same version that our server is running, and then join the server! So here’s how to do that:

– In the Minecraft Launcher, click ‘Launch options’ (up near the top), then ‘Add new’ at the top of the list that appears. (It’ll just say ‘latest release’ if you’ve never added any others.)

– Now change the ‘Version’ to ‘Release 1.12.2’ and click ‘Save’. If you click ‘News’ at the top now, you can use the up arrow next to the big green ‘Play’ button at the bottom to select your new version, and click ‘Play’ to start the game! It could take a few minutes to download, so be patient.

– Once you’ve opened up the game, you should be in the main menu. Now select ‘Multiplayer’, then click on ‘Add Server’.

– In the window that opens, enter the following details:
– Server Name: Brain in Hand (or, actually, you can put whatever you want as long as you can recognise it!)
– Server address:

– Now click ‘Done’, select the server from the list and click ‘Join Server’, and you’re in!

Anybody will be able to join our server, so we ask everyone to be considerate of others and not harass anyone. If anyone’s being not very nice to others, they’ll get a warning. We hope not to have to ban anyone, but we can and will ban anyone if they cause too much trouble or continue to deliberately upset others. Everybody deserves to have fun, so please just don’t ruin it for anyone else.

Thanks very much for your support, and we hope to see you soon!

De Montfort University has transformed its support services by implementing Brain in Hand technology: this decision has helped more than one hundred young people to receive personalised support and flourish at University. In our recent webinar, DMU’s Leanne Herbert shared the benefits achieved with Brain in Hand. We also heard about the importance of providing read more

Hoping to start University this autumn? You’ll be getting ready for a summer of exams, securing your course, and preparing to live somewhere new.  Mental illness, or a neurological condition like autism, shouldn’t prevent you from succeeding – but planning ahead makes change less stressful. Brain in Hand’s system helps thousands of students to plan ahead read more

The Charity for Civil Servants, For You By You, is dedicated to supporting the 4 million civil servants, past and present, in the UK. It provides practical support to people, throughout their lives, with whatever problems they may have. To help improve the wellbeing and mental health of civil servants, it provides information and signposting read more

From specialist centres across the UK, the Huntercombe Group looks after almost 800 people with mental health problems, a learning difficulty or brain injury. Read our case study to understand how after adopting Brain in Hand, there’s been a decline in disruptive behaviour, a reduction in incidents and fewer physical restraints amongst users.

Brain in Hand has been named as one of the companies in this year’s Digital Health Accelerator programme, designed to help the rapid adoption of technology in the NHS. Over the past two years the Digital Health London Accelerator programme has helped the rapid adoption of technology in the NHS and saved £50 million. Based read more

If your employee is over 16, disabled, has a mental health condition or a long-term health condition that impacts their ability to work, they may be eligible for the Government’s Access to Work grant scheme. The grant will allow you to purchase specialist equipment such as Brain in Hand to help you at work. To read more

To date, Brain in Hand has been recommended through DSA to help more than 1,000 students with a diagnosis of autism, attending more than 160 universities. We are delighted to say that Student Finance England has now approved Brain in Hand Assistive Technology for meeting the needs of any student who has an impairment to read more

We continuously work with partners to test the effectiveness of Brain in Hand to help students cope with university life and keep their studies on track. Recent research among Brain in Hand users has found: • Anxiety levels drop by 31% (2) • Optimism rises by 12% (2) • 14% drop in reliance on family read more

The Autism Show is the national event for autism, offering more information, help and advice on autism (including Asperger syndrome) than anywhere else in the UK. We will be on the National Autistic Society stand in London, Manchester and Birmingham, demonstrating the Brain in Hand system, and offering a special 10% discount to show attendees. read more

Young people aged 15-18, across Devon, Somerset, Torbay and Plymouth, who are socially excluded, unemployed, or are economically inactive are being supported by a project called #Focus5. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the project aims to provide in-depth support to 490 young people, helping to move them towards education, employment or training. Young read more

Brain in Hand’s annual Minecraft marathon is returning to mark World Autism Awareness Day and raise money for the brilliant charity Positively Autistic, who educates and creates positive autism awareness, including running online radio shows and weekly Autism Movement Therapy sessions. From 13.00 BST on Tuesday 3rd April until 13.00 on Wednesday 4th April, the read more

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: Saving up to £26,500 on read more

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

The importance of technology in healthcare is unquestionable. Yet so often it can be difficult for healthcare providers to introduce new technologies because of numerous barriers. The Huntercombe Group strives to continually seek innovative solutions to improve care and are currently piloting a new software called Brain in Hand at Cedar House in Canterbury. Brain read more

In the award-winning BBC 2 series, Employable Me, inspiring people prove that having a neurological condition shouldn’t make them unemployable. The latest series features 26-year-old Alan, who has high-functioning autism, and 46 year-old Erica, with Asperger Syndrome. To help them prepare for work, and to support them whilst in work, the Employable Me team gave read more

ORCHA has the most comprehensive library of independently reviewed health and care Apps in the world. An independent organisation, it advises local authorities, NHS and the public on the best and safest apps based on proven evidence. We’re delighted to say that following a rigorous assessment, it’s given Brain in Hand the highest rating of read more

It is estimated that 1 in 100 people are living with Autism in Hampshire; a lifelong condition, which touches the lives of many more. Hampshire County Council, with its Argenti telehealthcare partnership, has introduced a smartphone app called Brain in Hand to support people receiving services from the County Council, helping them to access personalised read more

We have worked with Which? magazine to share a series on autism and university. Across four articles, autistic students are given advice on how to prepare for university. Click here to read about student and Brain in Hand user Holly, in which she shares how our technology helps her to cope with university life.

TSA is the industry body for Technology Enabled Care (TEC).  It believes that technology should put people first. That services should be joined-up around the individual, keeping people in contact with practitioners, monitoring services and carers. TSA also believes that technology can make a significant contribution to managing and reducing the current financial pressures and workforce shortages, read more

We’ve updated the Brain in Hand app to make it better for you. Brain in Hand version 3.0 includes some new features and a cleaner, easier to read design. Read more about each of the new features below. If you’d like to find out more, please contact us.

Bright and clear design

We have tweaked the layout to make Brain in Hand easier to use. We’re sure you’ll notice the bright green design and cleaner look. We’ve also added clearer titles at the top of the page, to help you navigate the app, and a red banner appears across the top of the app’s homepage to let you know if you’re no longer connected to the internet (you don’t need the internet to access your calendar, reminders or coping strategies but it is needed to send red button alerts).

Websites and Phone Numbers

Brain in Hand stores all of your best solutions for you to access when you need them. Now these solutions can include telephone numbers or website addresses, so that you can quickly and easily reach the person or information you need. So if the bus is late, one of your solutions can be ‘call mum’ with her number included or ‘check the timetable to find out when the next bus is due’ with a link to the bus company’s website.

Home Page Reminders

Brain in Hand can help remind you about the activities that are important to you. It could be a prompt to drink water every two hours, or take medicine after every meal, whatever you choose.

We’ve improved these reminders, as they are now blue before the task is due; when the time comes to undertake the task, a notification will appear on your phones reminding you and if you don’t the icon will turn red until you have. Once completed you can simply tap complete on the notification and mark the task as complete. The completed task will appear on the timeline on your Brain in Hand website.

Now and Next Widget

Apple has joined android phones in featuring widgets. These are boxes that contain a small amount of useful information, accessed by a swipe from the home or lock page. So we have developed a Brain in Hand widget for you to use. It features the traffic light icon, making it easier for you to request help by pressing red if needed. We also feature now and next, letting you know what calendar events are taking place now and what’s next. This also works on apple watches.

Try a demo account of Brain in Hand

To help give people a taster of Brain in Hand, we have created a new demonstration account. The demo includes a short video and live web chat. If you know someone who would like to try Brain in Hand, they can download a demo onto their phone:

Download the Brain in Hand app from the Apple app store or Google Play Store and either log on to a user account, watch a 30 second video, or access our demo account – ‘Timothy’.

  • 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

    Read our case studies ›
  • “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

    Read our case studies ›

  94% of people say that Brain in Hand is having a positive impact on their life. But Glenn, our technical lead won’t rest until that figure is 100%. As technology evolves, we will continue to work with users to further advance the software to best meet their needs. This month sees an update to read more

Former Royal Navy Air Engineer, Kathleen, 34, from Hornchurch, Essex has autism and Post Traumatic Stress Reaction (PTSR). After years of being a serviceman, Kathleen is very used to being self-reliant, but in certain situations, she finds it hard to cope. She has a strong network of support, including her husband, Mark, her mother and read more

Setting up hundreds of students across the UK with personalised support, five common causes of anxiety have become clear. Do you know them? In this article we share the top five triggers for student anxiety alongside tips to tackle them, shared by our students.   1  Independent living basics Moving away from home for the read more

The UK is celebrating record job figures, with an unemployment rate of 4.9% reported last month. But what about unemployment amongst those with a disability, including autism or learning disabilities? Fewer than 50% of disabled people are in employment and this figure shows no sign of changing. The barriers affecting an individual vary widely, depending on read more

  De Montfort University has been shortlisted for Outstanding Student Services Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. The judges selected the university in recognition of its decision to implement Brain in Hand and the positive impact this has had.  The university chose to introduce Brain in Hand for autistic students, helping read more

To celebrate the conclusion of World Autism Awareness Week we are running our fourth Minecraft marathon on Monday 3rd April, from 10:00am until 10:00pm – and we’d like your help. Our goal is to play Minecraft for 12 hours and create a world featuring Brain in Hand offices, but bigger, brighter, with stained glass windows read more

Autism East Midlands has won the Charity Times Award for Best Use of Technology.  Its use of Brain in Hand has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector as it has successfully helped to transform the lives of its service users and their families, delivering significant operational improvements. Implementing Brain in Hand as read more

Tom Hanks really does deserve the title of “The Nicest Guy In Hollywood” and has proved it again with Asperger’s Champion and Brain in Hand advocate Rosie King.  Whilst both appearing on the One Show he responded to her ambition to write professionally with a promise to send her a typewriter from his treasured collection.   read more

Every year thousands of young people with autism start out on university life.  This year, Rosie King is one of those students. Last night she shared her experiences with The One Show, discussing how she prepared herself for “one of the most exciting and most petrifying concepts on my mind – leaving home to go to university read more

Adult and Children’s Services teams from across the UK are collaborating to develop a digital blue print for how Brain in Hand can be integrated into the care pathways of social care, education and other essential parts of service delivery. Brain in Hand is already proven in a large beacon local authority. Others are keen read more

  Our customer, Autism East Midlands, has made the short list in the prestigious Charity Times Awards 2016.  Its use of Brain in Hand to transform the lives of the people it supports has been selected from hundreds of entries from across the charity sector in the Best Use of Technology category. To find out read more

In recognition of its work with autistic students and those with speech, language and communication needs, our customer, West Exe School has been presented with The Devon Inclusion Award.  It recognises the outstanding support provided. The school has targeted intervention including social skills, mentoring, the ‘Brain in Hand’ app and a wide range of literacy read more

“This is an exciting new venture that brings together experts from industry, academia, and the NHS to develop and evaluate new technologies that can help people who have had a brain injury. What is key for us is that the technology is easily accessible, is user-friendly, and will improve independence and quality of life for read more

Autistic people make brilliant employees. Alongside their individual talents, it’s widely reported employees on the spectrum bring above-average skills in accuracy, reliability, conscientiousness and persistence.  Yet only 15% of those who want to work are in employment. Last week we were delighted to join Channel 4’s Alan Gardner, star of The Autistic Gardener documentary, Jamie read more

On Friday 8th April, we will be running our third minecraft marathon and there are three ways you can help! Yes, to celebrate world autism awareness week, raise money for The National Autistic Society and our local radio station “Positively Autistic” at Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, we will be running our third epic Minecraft game. Our read more

Starting out on new independent activities can bring anxiety, be it attending university, a work placement or travelling alone. Brain in Hand software is packed with features to help people become more independent, and if things get too much and you need extra help, an app on your phone includes a traffic light feature where read more

Brain in Hand is hosting a series of webinars to raise awareness among, and demonstrate the system to, professionals across multiple sectors. Learn more about our upcoming scheduled webinar sessions here.

Scheduled Webinars: Brain in Hand for Education Professionals

This 60 minute practitioner awareness introductory webinar gives a taster of the benefits that Brain in Hand can bring to both students and support services.

Appropriate for: DSA Needs Assessors, FE/HE disability, wellbeing and support staff, Non-Medical Helpers, and Assistive Technology suppliers.

Please click here to visit the Eventbrite page to find out more and register for a place on one of these sessions.



Scheduled Webinars: Brain in Hand for Workplace Practitioners

This 60 minute introductory webinar aims to demonstrate our system to workplace assessors, mental health support service practitioners, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, pre-employment services, workplace supporters, and job coaches.

Please click here to visit the Eventbrite page to find out more and register for a place on one of these sessions.

In the latest edition of Professional Social Work, a viewpoint article features Jane Carolan, Director of Client Services at Wirral Autistic Society.  Whilst posing the question ‘Can machines replace humans in providing support to service users?’ she shares some of the fantastic results they have seen using Brain in Hand. To read the full article visit

Autech 2015 looks to inform and inspire. On 1st October more than 400 professionals supporting those with Autism will come together to hear the very latest in assistive technology. Hosted by the Wirral Autistic Society, Dr Matthew S Goodwin, Emmy Award winner Rosie King and Dame Stephanie Shirley will be giving a keynote and so will our read more

With exam results on their way, this Saturday’s Daily Telegraph handily featured a Parent’s Guide to University.  One feature we were delighted to read was “Students’ little helpers” giving “a rundown of some of the most useful” apps.  Alongside Google calendar and BBC Good Food was Brain in Hand! We are delighted to have been read more

BBC East Midlands visited our partners Autism East Midlands today to hear how Brain in Hand has helped their day-to-day support. Support worker Kirsty Lowde demonstrated how Luke, a Brain in Hand user, uses the system to manage his time. Luke reported that “it’s really made a difference to me… it’s really, really helped.” Jane read more

We are delighted to announce that Brain in Hand has passed approval for funding to individuals in higher education through Disabled Students’ Allowances, helping students to be more confident and independent at university.  It can help overcome barriers to learning, and offer support where and when it is most needed, in order to give the read more

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 read more

Brain in Hand, based at the University of Exeter Innovation Centre, won Best Health Technology at the national Building Better Healthcare Awards in London yesterday (Nov 6), in front of an audience of more than 500 representatives from the healthcare industry. The award was presented by former Cabinet Minister Michael Portillo. Roy Lilley, chairman of read more