Our Connecting Lives project, which introduces the possibilities and benefits of digital technology to people with deafblindness, is a finalist for the ‘Digital Skills or Inclusion Initiative of the Year’ at the Digital Leaders Awards and public voting is now open.
Digital Leaders is the nationwide programme for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government, industry and charities. We are proud to be one of 100 finalists across the UK who are leading the way in digital transformation.
People with deafblindness can experience unimaginable social, emotional and physical isolation. Our Connecting Lives project offers hope through assistive technology. It shows people how to use accessibility features on tablets and smartphones; use email and social media; use online shopping, banking and medical systems. The positive effect of learning to use digital technology is dramatic and life-changing.
We have helped over 1,000 people to date and of those surveyed: 90% had experienced increased wellbeing and self-esteem; 80% had reduced their social isolation; 96% had increased their access to information. One beneficiary told us: “Today I was shown how to use the scanner reader…it’s the first time I have been able to read in four years! I am so excited by these sessions…”
Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders, said:
“The Digital Leaders 100 list 2019 once again highlights the progress in digitally transforming the UK. Our community of Digital Leaders have shone a light on the many hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the nation’s digital transformation. It is fabulous to see such a strong list from outside London this year reflecting our own inclusive national programme and the growing importance of digital transformation on companies irrespective of size or sector.”
Public voting for the awards is now open until 20th May. Please vote for ‘Connecting Lives’ and help this life changing project to get the recognition it deserves. Click here to vote now.