The Malvern, Worcestershire-based specialist SME Assistive Control is helping people with disabilities to live more independently having enlisted some strategic and financial support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS).
Having brought to market ‘Typeassist’ – a computer-based communication aid that meets the needs of disabled people who are unable to use a ‘qwerty’ keyboard – its new ‘Switchcontrol’, will open up technology to people with a wider range of disabilities.
In the autumn, Assistive Control – a division of Malvern Scientific – will launch its secondproduct. Branded ‘Helpmate’, it will provide the user with independent access to music, DVDs, books and photos through a range of communication symbols.
Assistive Control director Kate Browne (pictured) said: “Access to the computer is so important in this day and age that we have to make them accessible as it can have a major bearing on someone’s independence.”
MAS had provided one-on-one support and also put the firm in touch with Aston Business School, Growth Accelerator and the University of Warwick. The assistance had, said Dr Marc Beale (pictured), another director of the company one of the UK’s leading experts on assistive technologies, “helped us build a business that has the potential to make a real difference to thousands of people across the world”.
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