A charity that provides support to people with disabilities to live, learn and work as independently as they choose whatever their ability has been accredited as ‘Communication Accessible’ by Communication Access UK.
Leonard Cheshire has been awarded the accreditation because of its work in rolling out assistive technology in the care homes it runs.
Millions of people across the UK experience communication difficulties every day which can lead to social isolation and loneliness. Leonard Cheshire’s pioneering Assistive Technology project and the staff training programme helps disabled people to break down barriers and connect over a variety of different ways.
“I had a stroke in 1994 and I have used a wheelchair since then,” said Bev, one resident seeing the benefits of using technology.
“I have a good range of motion in my head, but very limited motion in my hands and arms. Assistive technology has helped me live more independently and enabled me to have more choice and control over my environment”.
Leonard Cheshire can now display the Communication Accessible symbol (pictured above) and be included in the CAUK national directory, an initiative developed by the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists in partnership with charities and organisations that share a vision to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties.