SpecialEffect enables severely disabled people to use computers in any way possible – using whichever part(s) of their body that work best - by adapting technology to their individual needs.
Almost always, the people we help feel trapped in their bodies. It’s so important they can join in with family/friends, to be included and not left out. This can hugely benefit rehabilitation, mental wellbeing, self-esteem and quality of life. And much-needed fun!
SpecialEffect uses technology to enhance the quality of life of severely disabled people, including stroke, traumatic injury, life-limiting conditions and injured soldiers. Our mission is to empower anyone - whatever their disability - to participate, aiding rehabilitation, self-esteem and vital inclusion.
Our multi-professional team, including occupational therapists and technology specialists, travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. From Inverness in the north to the Channel Islands in the south and Swansea in the west to Felixstowe in the east.
We work with disabled people, usually in their own homes, to find the best means possible to enable them to play, communicate and create art and music. This is done by finding what movement is available to them and adapting hardware and/or software according to their needs and motor function.
In extreme cases, where a person has been left paralysed by accident or illness such as stroke, we work in hospitals and care facilities to help them access technology using eye control (i. E. They are able to operate software from communication tools to the internet using eye movement alone).
In every case, our work plays a huge role in rehabilitation, mental wellbeing and self-esteem.
SpecialEffect aims to:
- Loan Library The SpecialEffect Loan Library project provides disabled people with our expertise and modified hardware and software to help them play video games and communicate.
- EyeGaze When birth disability, accident or severe illness leaves a person paralysed, we help them communicate, surf the net and even read books using eye control technology
Established: September 2007
Registered Charity Number: 1121004
Board members: 8
Full time staff: 11
Part time staff: 4
Phone number: 01608810055
Address: The Stable Block OX7 3EHView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website