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  1. 1. Assistive Technology (AT) the need and the potential Ed Mylles October 2016
  2. 2. Alf Morris MP Lord Morris of Manchester  Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons Act (1970)  First ever Minister for Disabled People  Rehabilitation International
  3. 3. DLF’s ambition  We believe that people of all ages, who face difficulty in daily living should be able to live full, independent lives, shaped by their own choices.  We provide expert advice and impartial information that makes a practical difference to daily life.  Over two million people access our products and services.  Goal of five million by 2017.
  4. 4. What is Assistive Technology? Any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people.  Communication – big button PCs, eye-gaze and head tracker technology  Dressing - sock aid; elastic or coiled shoelaces  Toileting – wash and dry loos  Medication reminder – automatic pill dispensing at pre-set times  Telecare – safety, security, sensors
  5. 5. Social context  Emergent crisis pending in social care - chronically underfunded  An ageing population  ‘Ticking-time bombs’ of diabetes, dementia, obesity…  Demand for support is rising - welfare reforms leave fewer people eligible for help.
  6. 6. AT – Design for life
  7. 7. DLF Online Services
  8. 8. DLF Online Services
  9. 9. DLF Online Services
  10. 10. DLF Online Services
  11. 11. DLF – enabling choice and control  Assistive technology changes lives  DLF’s information and advice is transformational  Assistive technology cannot replace human interaction or intervention but it can give individual’s dignity and enable a better life at home  Not about older and disabled people – it’s just about ‘us’