Our Services

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    Assessments


    By talking directly with you, our highly experienced 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, disability organisations or as part of a workshop. We also attend certain disability-related exhibitions and conferences where we set up an advice clinic, so that people can drop by for free and impartial tailored advice, a demonstration and a trial of assistive technology.

    Even if you think you know what you need, you may wish to either check that you are aware of the latest technology, or check if there is 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.

    Current funding often restricts us from assessing people in their own homes, though usually people can find the information they need over the phone or by visiting one of our events that are located around the UK. Alternatively, if someone wishing for a visit assessment is involved with a local disability-related organisation or group, they may wish to help host a Training Day and have Aidis come to a venue of their choice and help not just themselves, but their group as well.

    Unfortunately, as a small charity we are unable to give people 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 organisations that exist that may be able to help you. We are also able to find the cheapest prices for what we recommend.

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    Training Days


    Training Days

    We have developed the Training Days to build on the success of our previous Awareness Courses. Our Training Days are not only 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). The workshops are now fully tailored to the needs of the group we visit. 

    A Training Day always involves a talk and demonstration on Assistive Technology, that can be directed towards any specific interests of the group. However, they can also include:

    • A question & Answer session about the technology
    • Time for attendees to try out the various technologies
    • Assessments of disabled people at the venue

    We are also the leading source of information on 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 Training Days, 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 in real-life situations.

    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 workshops are offered completely free of charge.


    If you are interested in discussing or booking either a Training Day 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 sessions. 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.

     
     
     
     
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    Group Training


    Group Training

    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
    • Dragon and Windows speech recognition

    There are other software titles that we offer training on. If there is a title that you wish training on that is not in this list, please call to see if it is supported.


    If you are interested in discussing or booking either a Workshop 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 sessions. 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.

     
     
     
     
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    Online Training


    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
    • 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).

    As we specialise in Assistive Technology, we don't provide training on general applications such as Microsoft Office. There are organisations that have many locations around the country that offer this service, many of them offer this for free for disabled people. We are happy to source such courses for you and provide you with location and contact details.

    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.

     
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    Free Technical Support Helpline (0808 800 0009)


    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. Let's face it, you can't take advantage of technology if it isn't working as it should.

    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 cursor 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 much 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

     
     
     

 


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