Assistive Technology for Spinal Cord Injuries
If you have recently been involved in an accident and sustained a spinal cord injury, you may be having some difficulty keeping in touch with family, work, or friends. We have asked our partners at the charity Aspire to explain how they can help you access technology after sustaining a spinal cord injury.
Accessing Your Technology
Being able to use a computer, tablet or smartphone can provide greater independence for someone with a spinal cord injury. With these devices you can now communicate with friends and family via email, messaging or your favourite social media application, or browse the internet, read a book, watch a movie or play your music. But what happens if you are no longer able to access your device because of your spinal cord injury?
There are a number of alternative methods that allow you to control your computer without using your hands or arms. On a PC or Apple Mac, you can get alternative mice that can be controlled using head movement, or your mouth.
There is also devices and software that track eye movement or respond to voice commands. Using one or a combination of these tools you can get good access to your favourite programs. If you use a tablet or smartphone a stylus may help with access, or with some tablets, you can control many of the programs available using a single switch which could be activated in a variety of ways. Find out more at the Aspire website.
Aspire have run an Assistive Technology programme for a number of years, providing equipment to spinal injury centres in the UK so that it can be trialled during rehabilitation. In many centres we also have volunteers, many who have a spinal injury themselves, to help you look at alternative solutions and trialling them.
If you have left the spinal centre you can also contact us to talk about what might work for you. We also provide grants to help with the purchase of equipment if this is needed. If you wish to access these services contact your Occupational Therapist if at a spinal centre, or call Joslyn on 020 420 6720 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How a Compensation Claim can help
Purchasing the correct equipment and software to help you access the technology that you need can be expensive. At Aspire Law, our solicitors will work with you to make sure that your compensation claim takes account of all your needs, including assistive technology for online and computer access.
We work closely with the insurance industry to try and secure significant interim payments on your behalf. Interim payments are payments that are made to you by the liability insurer before the case has been concluded. They can be used to pay for a range of items such as specialist wheelchairs and assistive technology.
If you wish to find out more about our services call us on 0800 030 20 40.