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For some people, being able to turn their TV on and off, switch channels, or open and close their bedroom door can be life-changing – and it’s all thanks to Assistive Technology (AT). AT devices allow people to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do because of limited movement or communication difficulties, and increase people’s safety and independence.
Assistive Technology at Norwood
AT is well established within Norwood and used throughout our Accommodation Services, Specialist Educational Support Services and at our nursery. Devices range from a simple iPad to support learning, to the sophisticated Eye Gaze system, which registers the movement of a person’s eyes to move a cursor on a computer screen according to where they are looking. We also use safety and monitoring technology that tracks bed occupancy and monitors long-term conditions.
AT devices can be tried out at our AT assessment centre, based in the Pears Special Resource Provision (PSRP) at JCoSS in Barnet. These assessments, which are led by people with experience in supporting AT use across Norwood, are offered to people who already use Norwood’s services as well as those from other organisations and the wider Jewish community. Assessments take place in a fully equipped environment and candidates can trial recommended equipment in their home, and receive information on AT suppliers and advice on funding options.
Norwood have entered into an agreement with OwnFone, supplier of simple mobile phones. These simple phones are personalised to meet your needs, and come in a range of attractive colours and patterns.
By purchasing an OwnFone via this link you will be helping Norwood to support vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities.
Other phones are available, please check the tariff is suitable before purchasing
Telecare Services Association
Norwood is a member of TSA, the industry body for Technology Enabled Care (TEC), representing the largest industry specific network in Europe and bringing together a growing membership of organisations across local government, health and the private sector.
TSA works across health, housing and social care through a wide range of public services (NHS, local authorities, Fire and Rescue Services), housing associations, leading industry suppliers, independent and voluntary sector organisations.
TSA promotes and supports the technology enabled care industry, highlighting the benefits of TEC for commissioners across health and social care, service users, their family and carers including organising the annual International Technology Enabled Care Conference and driving quality throughout the sector through its internationally recognised Integrated Code of Practice.