Our first three months have been all about marketting the project and raising awareness of the need for life enhancing technology for people with Usher Syndrome, the most common cause of congenital deafblindness.
The reliance on technology for those with this condition is both life enabling and lifechanging.
Having accessible assistive technology as a source of information enables the deafblind to navigate safely and to become active members of society.
Applewatch allows access to even those who hear and see nothing or very little becuase of taptics - the vibration that works so well, for the deafblind.
Technology is often the difference between isolation and inclusion.
The real danger experienced by those with Usher Syndrome, deafblindness is when outside as a result many do not risk venturing out for fear of endangering both themselves and others - they often do not see or hear danger around them. These issues often cause complete disorientation and a fear of the outdoors, particularly as sbility to see is often far less in the dark, during the winter months and in bright sunshine.
Applewatch offers reliable navigation to those with Usher Syndrome enabling them independence to get from home to work or indeed from a to b relying on taptic technology, with guidedog or cane.
Applewatch is enabling a new confidence that allows the deafblind to get on with their lives.
Accessibiity is outstanding on the iPhone and Applewatch together enabling access to many useful apps to assist with daily challenges.
We are delighted to have the first five Applewatches to be donated to five people with Usher Syndrome very soon.
The first five recipients will be reporting of their experiences which will be shared here when available.
The next three months will be exciting as we share the experiences of these recipients and continue to fundraise to make a difference to others with the daily challenges of Usher Syndrome.
We would like to thank all who have donated so far and shown their support and for all who are following our progress to date.