IT’S ACCESSIBLE – provide Information Technology (IT) Training for people with a disability
was established as a Charitable Trust in 2013. With our technological access and knowledge, we have the desire to be at the forefront of providing education to people with Spinal Cord Injury/Impairment (SCI) who cannot access usual tertiary providers.
As a result, it is hoped that people with SCI of various levels, will feel more engaged in the world and community around them, through the use of assistive technology and Information Technology (IT).
People with SCI can be on bedrest for long periods. Accessing technology, developing work skills, engaging in employment or learning new skills can help with engaging the patient during the healing process. The It’s Accessible Trust has been set up to address this gap, giving the opportunity to up-skill and manage vocational change, or maybe a new purpose in life.
People with SCI can sometimes experience a lot of pain. Using pain relief can often slow the brain’s ability to learn. With a combination of video tutorials, coaching and having continued access to them, the chance to learn can significantly improve. The Trust has received referrals from Kaleidoscope Auckland in the past and hopes to continue working with them in the future.
Spinal Support NZ runs regular Back on Track meetings at the Auckland Spinal Unit, where new patients with SCI can occasionally learn about ITS ACCESSIBLE ’s free service. We also help the SCI community in their homes. People with other conditions such as Head Injury and Cerebral Palsy are offered support at Elevate Christian Disability Centre. We recently received a commendation for Adult education from Waitakere Ace Aotearoa. See our website www.itsaccessible.net.nz/educating-disabilities for more details
We also provide other heavily subsidized and free support services for charities and non-profit communities as follows in New Zealand.
The Trust has supported TASC with our services since 2013, virtually free of charge.
Vocational Rehabilitation – Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope is a specialist vocational rehabilitation program based at Burwood and Auckland Rehabilitation Spinal Unit (ASRU) and providing services at Middlemore Hospital.
The service provides specialised education, career planning and work support to both newly injured/ill persons and to those in the community, who have been living with a SCI for a period of time, recognising the inclusion of family and employers from the outset.
Kaleidoscope is one of three programs run by the New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZSP) a charity which is based at Burwood, Connecting People Peer Support Service helps people with SCI and their families, Allan Bean Centre (ABC) Library which is a one-stop shop for all your information needs for SCI.