The Hall Family
A family of three with learning difficulties and disabilities ranging from limited sight to severe brain damage have transformed their quality of life and confidence through the power of computers.
Barbara Hall has very limited vision and is partially deaf. She finds talking on the telephone difficult and had never used a computer before attending an IT course at Learning for Life, in Swindon, which provides learning opportunities for disabled people. Her husband Ken is also partially sighted, with mobility problems, and their daughter Alison, for whom they are constant carers, has been severely brain damaged since birth.
Since taking the course and buying a laptop with an electronic voice, Barbara says her life has changed significantly. “I can now use a computer with confidence to write letters, emails, shopping lists and surf the Internet.” Ken took her lead and both are now taking an NOCN accredited course in word processing.
Meanwhile, Alison started with simple exercises, colouring in web outlines, and progressed rapidly to more challenging educational tasks. She is showing improved hand-eye coordination, greater use of language and requires less supervision.
Sue Mead, their nominator and IT tutor, said, “Learning has made a big difference to their lives. Barbara now uses the computer at home for many different applications and she has made terrific progress.”