Finance: Disability assessments at home on the internet

Helen Warrell

Charities with disabled employees or beneficiaries can benefit from a new service that adapts computer equipment to specific needs through a broadband connection.

AbilityNet, a charity that helps disabled people to access technology, has developed a service that allows them to have individual assessments in their own homes by an adviser who contacts them on an internet link.

The service was piloted with 100 severely disabled clients and is now being offered as a commercial package. AbilityNet charges by the hour and recommends that clients book a series of short sessions, which it says are often more effective than a single, longer 'visit'.

"By piloting this service with clients who have severe disabilities, we were pushing it to the limit," said David Banes, director of operations at AbilityNet. "We believe it provides a useful solution for any organisation seeking to support its disabled IT users."

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