Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has launched an online training course on personalised technology (PT) to raise awareness of how it can be used to help improve people’s quality of life.
The virtual training module is an introductory guide to PT, also known as assistive technology, which is used to support people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people to live with a greater level of independence safely. Products can range from domestic appliances, such as kettles which will only dispense a precise amount of boiling water into a mug, to sensors that alert someone that a person is having a seizure. Other devices, such as easy to use mobile phones and tablets, have also proven to be a great tool in combatting loneliness and isolation enabling people to maintain vital social connections during Covid restrictions.
The course consists of six parts covering all aspects of PT, from uses and implementation to maintenance and ethical considerations, using video case studies and quizzes throughout. The training has been developed by Hft’s own specialist PT team. It is based on the charity’s internal e-learning package and will now be available to any individuals or organisations, such as housing or support providers and local authorities, who are interested in gaining an awareness of how technology can be used to increase the independence, safety, privacy, and choice for people with learning disabilities and complex needs.
Emma Nichols, Personalised Technology Manager at Hft said:
“We are so excited to be launching our new training. We call it Personalised Technology because the person is always at the centre of what we do: we focus on their abilities, not their disabilities. Technology doesn’t have to be complicated, we seek to find simple but effective solutions. The positive impact that it can have became even more apparent during the pandemic, when PT played a vital role in helping loved ones stay connected. Our aim is to raise awareness of the assistive devices available which can give people a greater level of independence, choice, and control in their lives”
Those who successfully complete the training are issued with a certificate and will have access to resources that have been designed to help prompt learners to think about how to successfully implement PT within their service and signposts to details of other services that Hft’s PT team can offer.
Anybody interested in the course can email PTlearning@hft.org.uk or call 0117 906 1700 for more information.
Notes to editors
Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.
Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.
For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk
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