Magical technology for children in hospices
While children pick up on the latest technology quickly, especially at home, school and through friends, kids in long-term care at hospices can lack the exposure necessary. Of course, they still want to keep in touch with friends and family using the latest apps, and use games and educational tools to keep up to date and have a bit of fun.
Lifelites is a charity that aims to bring technology into this space. Currently working at all 50 baby and children’s hospices across the British Isles, they’re changing the lives of 9,000 children daily. These kids have lifelong illnesses or disabilities, and using devices provided by Lifelites has made an incredible difference.
A hospice never pays for equipment provided to the children. A donor can make a contribution towards a Lifelites package, or specify upon request to have their support dedicated to a particular project and hospice. The equipment provided by Lifelites is specially chosen to be inclusive and empowering, with particular emphasis on giving the user the tools to communicate, to be creative, and to be in control.
Recent Lifelites packages have focused on helping children with disabilities. With an integrated ‘Gooshy Switch’, a large fluffy toy mouse, nine-year-old Megan Farrell was recently able – for the first time – to play a part in an interactive system and turn the page of an on-screen story.
Lifelites’ efforts since 2006 were recognised at the recent Tech4Good awards, winning both the Accessibility award as well as being named the Winner of Winners. They host events year-round in support of the charity, are always open for volunteer workers and, working with partners and other charities, thrive on donations. Have a look at the website, and let’s all help kids in hospices get access to the social technology they truly value.
Image courtesy of Lifelites.
Last updated: 30th of July, 2014