Lifelites celebrates magical technology donation
There were smiles all around yesterday (27th November 2014) as children’s technology charity Lifelites arrived at The Children’s Trust in Surrey with their biggest package yet of specialist equipment for the children there. The cutting edge equipment will empower young people, who have brain injuries and complex healthcare needs, to communicate effectively and embrace their creativity. The technology is specially designed for children with disabilities, with the incredible Eyegaze and Magic Carpet as key examples. The revolutionary Eyegaze makes a computer accessible for young people with disabilities. Through a camera, Eyegaze allows them to track their eye movements enabling them to move the cursor around the screen. Some children whose carers and families who thought they were unable to communicate, can now do so with this magical technology– they can tell their carers what they would like to eat or drink and join in with onscreen games. It means that these children can be involved in the world around them in a way they were not able to before. The Mobile Magic Carpet is a fantastic sensory learning tool with the capacity to engage children of all abilities, meaning no child is left out. The system projects interactive games and images onto the floor that users can play with, simply by moving on or over the projected image. The technology allows a child with little or no mobility to have an image or game projected on a sheet over them which they can play with, or a child with limited mobility to have a game projected onto their wheelchair tray. Lifelites has also provided The Children’s Trust with a Soundbeam package, 6 iPads and grip cases, 5 touch screen PC’s, 3 colour printers and much more. Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust said: “We are delighted and extremely grateful to receive this cutting-edge equipment from Lifelites, which will help empower children with limited mobility to communicate in a creative and enjoyable way. Our thanks also to those who donated so generously to make this happen.” Simone Enefer-Doy Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “This is the biggest package of technology we have ever been able to provide and it’s thanks to our donors that we were able to accomplish our ambitions to ensure we could meet the requirements of the children. Our aim was to expand our provision to their on-site school and we’ve been able to do just that. We know this is going to make such a difference to the care provided at The Children’s Trust as well as the enjoyment and development of the children there.” There is a Lifelites project at 49 sites in the British Isles. The venues do not pay anything towards their Lifelites project and all of Lifelites’ work is funded by donations: the equipment, ongoing technical support and training at each site costs around £50,000 over four years. Support for the package at The Children’s Trust came from The Peter Harrison Foundation, Revere Charitable Trust and other donors.