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  • 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...
  • Alex.Barker | 24 Sep 2014
    Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong condition which affects the central nervous system and the spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, vision problems and sometimes people with the condition can have cognitive issues too. Famous people with the condition include Jack Osborne and Jim Sweeney (UK...
  • Alex.Barker | 01 Sep 2014
    Fibromyalgia is a long misunderstood, often painful condition. As well as widespread pain and fatigue, it can cause irritable bowel, sensitivity to changes in weather, noise, light and smoke, headaches and migraines, cognitive disturbances and dizziness. Although the cause isn’t completely...
  • Alex.Barker | 04 Aug 2014
    So it's summertime and as the song goes, the living is easy. But is your holiday reading easy? Of course it's great to read books while sitting in the sun. What happens though if you're unable to physically hold a book and read it. Or, perhaps you've got some literacy issues.  What are the other...
  • Alex.Barker | 01 Jul 2014
    I've just done a webinar on a subject that's close to our hearts at AbilityNet, which "How to change your computer accessibility settings without spending money". It was a great success. After all, no-one likes spending money if they don't have to, do they? I always try to refer people to My...
  • Alex.Barker | 20 Jun 2014
    AbilityNet has won the best NGO Category in the Digital Leaders 100 Award 2014 and was placed second in the overall rankings, just behind our patron Baroness Martha Lane Fox.
  • Alex.Barker | 02 May 2014
    Having a brain injury can cause many different issues but the use of a computer can certainly allievate some of these issues and make your day to day life that bit easier.What is a Brain Injury?A brain injury happens when the brain gets damaged in some way, either by a traumatic occurrence, for...