Project information

Interactive Plasma Screen for Children's Respite

We need to raise £5,996.40 to fund obtaining ab interactive plasma screen. The screen will allow, all our children, whatever their disability, the ability to access a computer. It will help develop memory, self awareness, visual skills, concentration, co-ordination, and communication skills.

Depends on fundraising progress.

Charity information: The Norman Laud Association

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  • Need

    Need

    Most of our children have no ability to use a mouse to navigate a conventional computer, however the interactive use of a computer is purely visual and extremely sensory, which is highly beneficial to our children's development. The interaction of a plasma screen is responsive, highly intuitive and instantly gratifying for users.

    Solution

    The screen is attached to a laptop and is capable of turning any programme into a touch controlled application, so that it can access the children's favourite online games, websites and educational software with just a touch of a finger. We provide respite for children with wide ranging forms of disability and the inclusive nature of the interactive plasma screen ensures children of all ages and abilities can successfully explore the joys of computing simply by using touch.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The aim of the project is to extend and enrich the learning and development of the users.

    Activities

    » Educational programmes will support learning to improve memory, visual skills, concentration and communication.

    Success will be reinforcing curriculum learnt through the user's statutory education and using technology to make learning fun.


    Aim 2

    Another aim is to enhance life skills of our people, to experience the feeling of success.

    Activities

    » The screen is 42\" so a group of people can interact at any one time. This will encourage movement, teamwork, communication, and turn-taking.

    Success will be enriching the users' well being, understanding of the world, social communication and interaction.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The interactive screen is giving children with disability the ability to use and enjoy technology. It would be a shame to say they cannot use a computer because of their disability purely because of their physical and learning lack of ability. Computers and technology are essentials of the next generation and could be very prominent in our users' lives should they get the opportunity to experience it now. This direct and tangible way to engage with a computer is simply the start.

    Risk

    The mere nature of our service means that most equipment needs to be specially adapted and installed with our users in mind, and this expensive style of interactive equipment would have the same level of risk avoidance applied to it. All usage will be supervised. The installation is subject to make usage the safest possible, with careful consideration to height, shelves for laptops and speakers, and storage. All our TVs are boxed in to protect our guests, and preserve the life of equipment.

    Reporting

    We can report back through our fundraising personnel how far progressed we are with the project and what fundraising we can ring fence to finally purchase the equipment. Once installed we can send pictures of the equipment being used and the fun and enjoyment our children have using the screen.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,996

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,950 Screen 42
      £500 Laptop Standard Laptop
      £547 Storage and transit Laptop Shelf, speaker shelf and self powered speaker, delivery and installation
      £999 VAT VAT
  • Background

    Location

    The Interactive Plasma Screen would be located with our care respite home for children with disabilities and special needs.

    Beneficiaries

    All actvities and equipment used for activities are solely for puclic benefit. The public are our service users, the children and young adults who stay with us for respite

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have approximately 60 families on our books who rely on us for respite purposes. Our facilities are specially adapted to wholly care for the children of these families when they have time booked with us. Due to the nature of our guests needs they would not be able to use public facilities and only in very rare circumstances could access an interactive screen type facility within their own homes. Our families are based in all parts of the West Midlands, South Staffs, North Worcs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Tina Dadria

    Tina is the Home Manager who schedules all stays, staff and provisions for the children who stay with us.