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Last chance for children with disabilities to benefit from Home Access programme

publication date: Jul 17, 2010
big tackSince the Home Access programme launched in January, over 200,000 low-income families have been provided with access to a computer and the internet at home. The success of the application process means that Home Access is set to achieve its goals early, and it is now only inviting applications for computer packages from children with severe disabilities or special educational needs until the end of the year.

Home Access packages with assistive technology are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. It is anticipated that up to 12,000 children in total with more comprehensive needs, such as those with significant visual impairments, physical disabilities or learning difficulties, could eventually benefit from Home Access, through receiving specially tailored packages suited to their individual needs. These bespoke packages will only be available until the end of the year.

To apply, families just need to call the Home Access helpline 0333 200 1004. After passing a basic eligibility check, an application form is sent out. Once this is complete, applicants will then undergo an individual appraisal with a specialist evaluator to confirm their need for assistive technology to help them access computers and the internet from home. Applicants will hear whether or not they qualify for a package soon afterwards.

Families wanting to learn more about the Home Access programme should call 0333 200 1004 or visit www.homeaccess.org.uk.