How to get free expert advice on technology and disability

Twelve million people in the UK have some type of disability, from cerebral palsy or dyslexia to arthritis. Every week, AbilityNet deals with scores of queries from people who want to know how they can make the most of their smartphone, iPad or computer, or which assistive tech might work for them.

Alex Barker is our experienced advice and information officer and runs our free helpline. Via email, Facebook and Twitter, Alex can identify simple adjustments to computer systems, laptops and smartphones – and can also offer advice on which tech to choose. Alex himself does not have all his fingers and says that knowing how to use a computer in the right way for him, has transformed his life. 

Whatever the query, Alex often tells people to take a look My Computer My Way – this amazing free resource shows you how to make small adjustments to your computer, tablet or smartphone. It covers all the accessibility options in every mainstream computer system and can help with vision, hearing, physical and congnitive disabilities.

You can contact Alex on our free helpline on 0800 269 545 or email him at