Award-winning national children’s hospice charity Lifelites arrived in Oxford last week with an amazing technology project for the youngsters at Helen House children’s hospice.
The project, which also contains state-of-the-art touchscreen technology, the latest gaming consoles and specially adapted iPads, has been put together with disabled children in mind. The technology will enable even the most disabled children to participate and communicate with their carers and families.
Tom Hill, Chief Executive, Helen & Douglas House, said; ‘In 2013 many children have become very blasé about computers. Access to technology is, however, denied to seriously disabled children and young people, who may have little or no functional control of their hands. Lifelites is doing fantastic work developing and adapting technology for them. It is utterly amazing watching children use one finger, or possibly just their eyes, to operate a computer. ‘
Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “This Lifelites project is about so much more than gadgets, it will be a lifeline for these children, providing disabled and life-limited children in Oxford with even more opportunities to communicate, create and take control.”
Lifelites equipment and support will cost around £35,700 over the next four years, but Helen & Douglas House won’t have to pay a penny towards it, as Lifelites has been supported by Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and others.
Lifelites projects provide specialist technology for the youngsters in all 49 of the baby and children’s hospice in the British Isles. The charity was announced Digital Leaders in 2012, in recognition of their innovative work with disabled children.