Lisa at Daytrippers Bolton has sent us an email saying how our contribution has helped raise £2500 at their annual dinner dance. It’s a big boost to their funds and will surely make a huge difference to all the kids they support.
Daytrippers Bolton is a parent and carer led registered charity that provides days out and activities for disabled children and their families living around Bolton, Lancashire.
Daytrippers Bolton was the brainchild of one parent who had 2 young children one of whom has severe disabilities. Having a day out as a family was a nightmare with an active 4yr old and a child with disabilities. The day usually ended in tears with their visit having to be cut short due to her child with disabilities having a seizure or becoming unwell. This lead to the family feeling very isolated.
Gradually getting to know other parents and carers of children with disabilities made her realised that she was not alone and that abandoned days out and isolation were a common occurrence.
With this in mind she set about looking at ways to improve the situation she found herself in and decided to book a session at The Space Centre, Preston, a special needs soft play/sensory centre and asked other like families if they would like to go.
This is what Kristina had to say about the switch accessible music system she purchased for her son:
“We spent ages trying to find a switch accessible music system for our teenage lad as we’d only been able to use our existing switch system with the radio. Excitim’s switch accessible Sony Boombox looked promising but we weren’t sure if it would work with a wireless switch. Mike was so helpful in testing things out for us before we committed to buying and always on hand when we had queries.
Many thanks to Mike for all the extra effort he put in to help us find a solution – and it was all worth it. The sound quality is great and our lad loves being able to control his music himself from his bed. It has really helped his independence. Fantastic!”
Read what Kristina and others have said about Excitim on our Testimonials Page. Or, Contact us if you would like to discuss a switch accessible music system: we can help.
Switch accessible sailing seemed like a big challenge when we first got involved in helping Natasha learn to sail a model yacht. But, it all worked out well. So well that we received an invitation from Sailability, the group at the Royal Yachting Association who focus on sailing for the disabled, to present the work we did to enable Natasha to sail a radio controlled Micro Magic model yacht.
Keith Coxon from the Model Yachting Association presented ‘Switch accessible sailing – Project Natasha’ at the RYA Sailability annual conference in February.
This is what the project was about:
Natasha is a 13 year old young lady with a cerebral palsy condition. Her dad, Gary, wanted to introduce her to sailing and thought a radio controlled yacht would be a good starting point. But, Natasha needed an adapted transmitter she could control with two Sipp/Puff switches. Unfortunately nothing like this exists as a commercial product.
So, Gary contacted Mike Weston at RC Yachts, he contacted Charles Fox at Traxsys Ltd to ask about their assistive technology joysticks. Charles directed them to me at Excitim Ltd and I agreed we would figure something out.
We needed to devise a system which allowed Natasha to control the rudder and sail using her two Sipp/Puff switches. A month or so later we had a “black box” and we send it off for trials. It worked very well and now she’s thinking about sailing a full size yacht. Why not indeed!
If you would like to know more about this switch accessible sailing project I’ve posted a short presentation on Slideshare showing what we did to make it possible.