Snapshot: Technology access

Minister for schools Stephen Twigg and ITN newscaster Mary Nightingale were in Kingston last week to support the launch of NCH's first IT centre for disabled children, where they met Sadick Muyingo, 14, an early user of the facility. Based in Warren Park, the centre boasts three computers designed by charity Abilitynet and equipped with features such as touch screens and adapted mice to suit the individual needs of children with disabilities. It is part of 'Access to IT', a £1m project by NCH and seven companies including Microsoft and BAE Systems. "This far-reaching project will dramatically improve the way so many disadvantaged children and teenagers communicate with their families," said NCH internet adviser John Carr. Four other projects will soon be launched, providing best practice examples of how the Government could meet its 2005 target of providing IT access to all who need it.

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