How Leeds centre harnesses technology to make disability no barrier

Colin McDonnell with staff at the centre

Colin McDonnell with staff at the centre

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Independent lives: For over 30 years, disabled people have been shown how technology could improve their lives at the william merritt centre. Katie Baldwin sees the difference it makes.

Before there’s even chance to explain how Colin McDonnell uses his iPhone using only head movements, he’s deftly demonstrating a skill that few could match.

The 20-year-old has athetoid cerebral palsy which means he uses a wheelchair and cannot operate a touch screen phone in the usual way.

 

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