All Proceeds from Switch Skills Champions to go to Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity
An interactive CD-Rom that helps children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities to develop computer access skills is set to raise £50,000 for charity.
Inclusive Technology has partnered with Leonard Cheshire Disability for a two year initiative that will see all revenue generated by sales of Inclusive’s Switch Skills Champions software donated to the leading disability charity.
Switch Skills Champions is part of Inclusive Technology’s range of simple, switch accessible activities for all ages. The program features five sports that are included in the Olympics or Paralympics: basketball, volleyball, boccia, ice hockey and hurdles.
The CD-Rom is an ideal resource for teachers, family members and speech and language professionals to help develop the user’s understanding and computer access skills.
The activities are engaging and stimulating, with bright, clear images, animations and sound effects. They can be configured to suit individual users and accessed in different ways, including by switches, alternative keyboards and mice, touch monitors or interactive whiteboards. It also has an easy to use ‘training’ activity for participants.
The user simply waits for the player to appear on screen and then presses their switch to win a medal. This helps develop their ability to anticipate the approaching reward and press the switch at the right time.
Rosanne Lyddon works as a Project Coordinator for UCommunicate, a Leonard Cheshire Disability project that supports people with speech communication impairments to express themselves using picture and symbols.
She says: “Switches attached to a computer are an essential way for children and adults to build up coordination skills, improve dexterity and learn new skills in a fun, entertaining way. For example, a user who can only move their thumb can get a special switch to enable them to control the game independently, without support from someone else.
“Switch Skills Champions is a great learning tool for children and adults with profound learning disabilities or special educational needs. The difficulty levels of the games, which can be completed by an individual or as part of a team, can be changed for each player. The software also enables disabled children and adults to play together with their peers, which is a great way to keep everyone engaged.”
Martin Littler, Chairman of Inclusive, said: “Our target is to raise £50,000 by the end of 2012, the year of the London Olympics and Paralympics. We set the same target to raise £50,000 for parents’ facilities at the new Manchester Children’s Hospital with SwitchIt! Bob the Builder. We beat that deadline by months. So far we have raised more than £65,000 and the money is still rolling in!
“Some children are dependent for communication and play on making one voluntary movement or sound. Like SwitchIt! Bob the Builder, Switch Skills Champions widens the activities available to them - although there are still far too few.”
Leonard Cheshire Disability supports thousands of disabled people in the UK and works in more than 50 countries. We campaign for change and provide innovative services that give disabled people the opportunity to live life their way. Visit www.LCDisability.org