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Disabled on Line
The Trowbridge Internet Cafe for Disabled People

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We are now at

10 Church Walk
Trowbridge
BA14 8DX

Telephone : 01225 920500

 

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We provide help and training on computers for disabled people

Disabled On Line is a Registered Charity and has been in existence since January 2004. It was formed by the users of the Trowbridge Internet Café for Disabled People after the previous organisation which ran the Internet Café  failed to secure any funding. It is a well used and very successful facility. We have five computers that are available exclusively for disabled people to use.

In a world where computers and the Internet are becoming more and more used, disabled people find themselves at a great disadvantage by not having access to these services. Very few facilities exist with the capacity to provide specialist software and hardware and to offer one-to-one help.

We provide a resource for disabled people to learn computing skills and to have access to the Internet within a social environment. Training is available to a high standard and people can study to obtain recognized qualifications at a pace and in a manner which is entirely appropriate to them.

With the help of the trainer, members use the Internet services provided for a variety of purposes. This includes building their own web sites, communicating by e-mail with friends and family around the world and using the Internet as a research tool. As an example we have someone who has very poor sight who has just completed her second short novel. We also have two men with severe learning difficulties one of whom wrote, with some considerable help, to his MP about a local hospital closure, whilst the other has help from our enabler to research into his passion for sport.

Conversations between the members, the trainer and the enabler often help members with problems outside the Internet Cafe. There is a very good atmosphere at Disabled On Line, with a real cross section of disabled people using the Internet Café. We have people who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, who have learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health problems. The trainer and enabler are very capable and have between them many years of computing and caring experience.

The service is invaluable to our users who gain such confidence by being able to do things they never imagined they could do, that this confidence is often carried over into other areas of their lives


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Bobby WorldWide Approved


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