Good Practice Example 02 - Computer sessions for adults with learning disabilities
In 1999 Hft began to run computer sessions for adults with a learning disability from its centre in South Oxfordshire (Milton Heights). The people using the sessions have a mixture of learning and physical disabilities. We provide extra support or adjustments such as a roller ball mouse or a screen magnifier to support people to get involved.
There are four groups held at different times each week.
Some of the sessions are structured and involve activities such as writing newsletters, others involve free time sessions where the people we support can use the computer however they wish. Some choose to communicate with friends and family either by using MSN or email, all in a secure and safe environment.
- To allow choice and independence.
- To encourage interaction with a chosen programme.
- To raise level of awareness and improve attention span.
- Develop hand to eye co-ordination.
- Use a variety of equipment for example keyboards, mice, microphones and earphones to suit the individuals needs.
The computer groups have supported individuals to make their own choices and to gain a sense of achievement when taking part in a project. They feel proud when they realise that what they are doing with their hands has caused a change on the screen in front of them. People who having been limited in the past now have more opportunities to get involved and communicate using a computer just by simple introducing a roller ball mouse or screen magnifier.