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  • Alex.Barker | 17 Aug 2016
    Back pain is a term that encompasses lots of different conditions, which might include chronic conditions such as arthritis or temporary conditions such as a pulled muscle in your back. According to Bupa, one in three people will have back pain at some time of our life. When it comes to computing...
  • Alex.Barker | 16 Aug 2016
    If you are one of the over 900,000 people with hearing loss in the UK there are some really useful functions built into technology.
  • Alex.Barker | 20 Jun 2016
    Motor Neurone Disease is also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease (after an American baseball player). It affects the muscles in your body causing them to be weak. There is no known cure for this condition, but symptoms can be managed to help people to achieve the best possible quality of life....
  • Alex.Barker | 03 May 2016
    Tremors can be caused by a variety of conditions and can make it very difficult to operate a mouse, keyboard or touchscreen. Alex Barker offers his tops tips on common solutions.
  • 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...