Digby Brown-supported digital inclusion project helps disabled adults make the most of technology

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In August last year, Robert Swanney, Digby Brown Partner and Head of the Brain and Spinal Injuries Department, wrote about our support for Quarriers Go4IT digital inclusion project in Renfrewshire.

The project’s Technically Speaking workshops ran for 20 weeks and gave disabled adults the opportunity to learn how to make the most of their digital devices, such as mobile phones, cameras and laptops. While for many people, these are increasingly taken for granted as part of everyday life, for people living with a disability, making the most of their gadgets can be a challenge.

Robert, along with Kathleen McMonagle, Digby Brown’s Client Support Manager, experienced the classes first-hand last year when they visited the fantastic IT Suite at St Mirren Football Club where they were being held. 

As part of our support for the workshops, we provided attendees with a wristband which includes a USB pen drive, a great example of how simple gadgets can help people store their important information in one, easy-to-find, place.

Everyone involved with the project at Digby Brown was delighted to hear in the last few days that it was an all-round success, inspiring Quarriers to aim to run similar workshops in the Glasgow area for adults with acquired brain injury.

Digby Brown know from first hand-experience of working with Quarriers and other organisations in this field, the very real difference that technology can make to people’s lives – in this case, examples included an attendee who described how learning to use their smart phone had helped them become more confident and boosted their sometimes low self-esteem and another class member who now finds his daily life much easier to manage since the classes introduced him to text messaging.

You can find out more about the GO4IT digital inclusion project in this YouTube video.

Useful Links

http://www.quarriers.org.uk/