A Wolverhampton project for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs is getting an iPad computer and assistive communication software.
The charity Omega Care for Life will make the tablet device available to the Skills for Life project in Lloyd Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton.Omega hopes that the new computer and software will help students to further develop their skills and confidence. Zoe Mayne, Coordinator and Tutor at the Glyn Bank centre said “Skills for Life are continually developing new training for adults with learning disabilities in response to the demand from our students. This new resource from Omega will benefit all our students with communication needs… this is an opportunity we would not have otherwise had”. Omega regularly hosts an autism-specific carer group at the Centre, as part of its work with the City Council to support Wolverhampton’s unpaid family carers. Last year, Omega launched a successful iPad Appeal to support families affected by Motor Neurone Disease in Shropshire and Mid-Wales. The Charity is now looking to help other groups who might benefit from similar life-changing interventions. Charity Development Director Tom Memery recently met with parents of Skills for Life students to discuss the benefits of assistive technology. He said “the iPad computer has already become recognised as a flexible cost-effective learning device. We regularly share information with iPad users and occupational therapists from across the country. They have introduced us to new applications and useful hardware. By involving the Skills for Life, project many people with learning difficulties who would not otherwise be able to access the huge range of applications now available will get the chance to test some cutting edge software in a familiar environment. We are continuously exploring innovative ways of supporting the remarkable families we work with. We are delighted to have the opportunity to make this local investment and look forward to receiving our first evaluation report from the Skills for Life Team”. Omega is always willing to investigate exciting new ways to provide support to carers, former carers, the bereaved and people who are socially isolated, especially the frail elderly. If you would like to help us by making a donation please get in touch. We would also like to hear from you if you know of someone who might welcome some extra support or perhaps you can help us make a connection with other organisations including employers and community groups who want to do more to support unpaid family carers.
Contact Omega Phone: 0845 259 3163
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