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Livability education centres celebrate technology grant

November 13 2020

A £5,990 grant to Livability’s education centres, awarded by Morrisons Foundation, will provide life-changing eye gaze technology for young people with disabilities.

The generous grant will fund two eye gaze machines, which will give a voice to Livability’s learners with the most complex needs at their two educational settings, Livability Nash College and Livability Victoria School.

Eye gaze is assistive technology which enables communication for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Using infra-red technology, the machine will enable Livability’s non-verbal students, who cannot use any other part of their body to communicate, to control a computer screen with their eyes, increasing their independence and self-confidence.

Gill Lyon, Head of Livability Victoria School, shares the impact the new eye gaze technology will have for students with disabilities: ‘It will be a fantastic opportunity for our students to have access to this exciting piece of equipment. It holds the potential to maximise their independence, communication, access to learning and control over their own environment – something many of us take for granted. We are excited to see how this incredible gift will impact the lives of our students within our school community and beyond.’

Adele Audin, Head of Livability Nash College, says: ‘We are delighted to receive the Morrison’s Foundation grant. Eye gaze technology can open up the world for young people with complex needs. From assessment to access and engagement in learning, new technologies empower learners and we are excited to be able to further support our young people with this generous grant.’

In Livability’s education settings, eye gaze means the most complex PMLD students will be able to access IT and fully participate in lessons and activities alongside their classmates. The technology will also enable Livability therapists and teachers to better assess students’ potential and offer more able students the opportunity to extend their vocabulary and social skills.

Adrian Horsley, Morrisons Foundation Advisor, says: ‘I’m delighted that we have been able to provide this grant for Livability. It makes me very proud knowing that the innovative equipment bought from our donation will make a big difference to the lives of children for many years to come. Supporting charities who deliver life-changing projects is at the heart of what the Foundation is all about and it’s great that we have been able to help the charity’s invaluable work.’

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