Aidis Services are designed around our core aims; helping people with disabilities gain better access through technology.
Our courses are aimed at raising the awareness of what assistive technology exists to help disabled people gain independence. Whether it be using a computer to carry out tasks such as emailing, using the Internet, writing letters or just accessing a computer to play games.
We are also leading the way in the latest technologies such as communication Apps, being used on tablets and handheld devices such as the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. We would be happy to impart the knowledge we have learnt so that it may help you.
Through our courses, we aim to give people a better understanding, not only of the latest technology on the market, but also demonstrate how it can be put to use for individuals.
We will travel to a location of your choice, at a date that suits you, anywhere within the United Kingdom. As with all of our services, our courses are offered completely free of charge.
Our free group training sessions are centered around Assistive Technology and are carried out at a venue near you. They provide an overview of what hardware and software exists that can enable a disabled person to access technology, and cover the issues that can be faced and how to overcome them. This is an ideal way to see what's available, ask questions and try out the various solutions for yourselves.
Group training is also available free of charge at a venue near you on the following software titles:
- Claro software suite
- Clicker 5 & Clicker 6
- TextHelp Read & Write 11
- The Grid 2
If you are interested in discussing or booking either an Awareness course or Group training session, please phone our Helpline on 0808 800 0009.
Aidis also offers individual training sessions that are carried out remotely on certain pieces of assistive software. The range of software that we offer individual on-line training on is far more extensive than that of the group training courses. Using the latest remote training software to link to your computer over the Internet, we are able to offer training sessions free of charge and as often as you like. We are adding to the list of software. Just call our helpline on 0808 800 0009 for more information.
To make sure you get the most that you can out of your computer and assistive technology, we can provide you with personal, one-to-one training on your equipment and special needs software such as:
- Claro software
- Clicker 5
- Clicker 6
- TextHelp Read & Write 11
- The Grid 2.
Training is carried out remotely over the Internet, where our trainers will link to the machine in your home or office. This allows training to happen where, when and how often you require it.
Additionally, we offer training on a range of communication Apps (please call to find out which Apps are currently supported).
Finally, our training isn't just aimed at assistive technology. If you, or someone you know, would like training on any general aspect of using a computer (such as sending and receiving emails, writing and printing a letter, how to keep your computer healthy), then we are happy to help. As long as you either have a disability yourself or you support someone with a disability.
All on-line training, as with all of our services, are offered completely free of charge to those resident in the United Kingdom. Please call on 0808 800 0009 to book your free training sessions.
Our approachable, plain-speaking and knowledgeable helpline advisors provide technical support on general computer issues and specialist hardware or software. There is no time limit on any call to us. We will work with you until we find the right solution to meet your needs.
The helpline is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
This is what just a couple of people who use our technical support helpline have said -
"I would like to thank your organisation for the excellent, kind, friendly, technical experts, fixing my laptop today. I was amazed watching the curser move around the screen whilst fixes were applied. Equally I was touched by the commitment, time and sheer kindness of all you individuals who make up Aidis to help the disabled speak with the world." Brenda, Leeds
"You can't know how must this means to us because for most of us the pc is a lifeline, without which we'd have no social life or even be able to shop." Sandra, London
By talking directly with you, our highly trained assessors are able to ask you the right questions and listen to your answers to identify what technology best suits your needs. Our assessments are carried out through our helpline, when visiting local community/parent groups, at exhibitions and sometimes even in your own home.
Even if you think you know what you need, you may wish to either check that you have the latest technology, or check whether there isn't an better or cheaper alternative. We can also explain in general terms what particular hardware and software can do for you, as well as offer you free online training.
Unfortunately, as a small charity we are unable to give you the equipment we recommend. However, if you need help paying for what you need, we may be able to offer some useful advice about how you can approach the organisations that exist and can help you. We will also be able to find the cheapest prices for what we recommend.