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  • Alex.Barker | 21 Apr 2016
    It’s weird. I work on the Helpline at AbilityNet so I talk a lot to people who have Parkinson’s disease, but I never for one moment imagined that my dad would end up having the condition. 
  • Alex.Barker | 04 Mar 2016
    Yesterday was University Mental Health day and our social media feeds are full of  posts about events  going on around the country at different universities. AbilityNet is proud to support this day because we realise that mental health and physical health and equally important.
  • Alex.Barker | 02 Feb 2016
    We get lots of calls about lots of different subjects here at AbilityNet.  However I took one last week that I thought might be worth highlighting.  A careers advisor in the south of England had a request from the local employment service regarding a client with severe dyslexia. To receive...
  • Alex.Barker | 01 Jun 2015
    Visual impairment can affect your eyesight in so many ways. The good thing is that technology can help you in many different ways.
  • Alex.Barker | 27 May 2015
    It's Stroke Awareness Month so we're looking at how can stroke survivors use computers.
  • Alex.Barker | 29 Apr 2015
    Imagine for a moment that you couldn’t use one side of your body.  Your foot, leg, arm, or hand all stop working - sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently.  This is how a stroke might affect you. Strokes happen when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, or is blocked. It also might affect...
  • Alex.Barker | 26 Mar 2015
    If you had told me in 1985 that by the year 2015 you could control your computer just by using your voice I would have looked at you in a very strange way. But in 2015 it’s no fantasy, and voice control is a very valuable tool for people with a range of disabilities and impairments.
  • Alex.Barker | 06 Mar 2015
    This month we're going to look at some really basic but useful techniques to help you get the best from the keyboard and mouse at work. For devices that are so basic, you can actually make a lot of little changes to help you more effectively when you are at work. It doesn't matter if you have a Mac...
  • Alex.Barker | 18 Dec 2014
    Did Father Christmas bring you an iPad that you're not quite sure how to use? Here's our quick guide to the computer training and support that's out there for disabled people.
  • Alex.Barker | 26 Nov 2014
    Christmas is fast approaching and although I'm smug and can say (for once!) that I've done nearly all my Christmas shopping there are probably people out there who have no idea what to get their nearest and dearest. If you're getting them an electronic device like a smartphone or an e-book reader...