We launched the #ConnectAbility appeal to raise £250,000 to buy assistive communications technology, which enhances the lives of the people we support, enabling them to live more independent lives and maximise their ability to make choices and communicate with others.

Progressively, during the course of the appeal, many of the people we support at The Disabilities Trust have had their lives transformed thanks to equipment such as iPads and eye gaze technology. Our first fixed ‘Hub’ was opened in October 2017 at Shinewater Court in Eastbourne and was designed to be used by the service users and the local community, to try out assistive technology in a safe and supportive environment.

Since we launched the appeal, Assistive Technology has evolved rapidly. It is important we now refresh our ConnectAbility model to ensure our strategy gets the right technology into the hands of those who need it most. We are extremely grateful to everybody who supported our fundraising and we will now take forward the ConnectAbility project to provide access to life changing assistive technology for those who access our services, and in the future the wider community.

About The Disabilities Trust

The Disabilities Trust is an innovative national charity, providing care, rehabilitation and support for people with profound physical impairments, acquired brain injury and learning disabilities, as well as children and adults with autism.

Founded in Sussex in 1979, we now operate a national network of quality, progressive services, aimed at empowering each of our service users to live more fulfilling, independent lives.Our services have evolved to seek new, imaginative solutions for people with disabilities. We are also rapidly expanding our residential and community-based services across the country to meet growing demand for our expert brain injury rehabilitation services.

If you would like to help us promote #ConnectAbility and improve communication for many of the men and women we support please contact us at fundraising@thedtgroup.org or call us on 01444 237286. Support us and you'll be in great company.

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