How smart tech helped a woman adapt to Multiple Sclerosis

AbilityNet volunteer Gordon Curry has used Alexa to lighten the load of a woman living with Multiple Sclerosis and confined to bed. Gordon, from Northern Ireland, configured the virtual assistant so that the client can now control multiple devices at home, such as changing the TV channels and controlling the lights.

“It’s difficult for most people to understand that walking across a room to turn off a light can be extremely tiring for some people that suffer from MS.” Says Gordon

The rewards of volunteering for AbilityNet

Gordon says part of volunteering for AbilityNet is the reward of seeing technology improve people's lives.

“I love being able to bring accessibility and ease into people’s lives, it’s the simple things that bring the most joy that the rest of us sometimes take for granted, like reading a book,” said Gordon who has been volunteering for AbilityNet for two years. “Things like this just make it so worthwhile,” he added.

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AbilityNet has a network of over 300 people who give their time to support older and disabled people through tech. We offer support at home but during Covid-19 have adapted to provide telephone and remote support.

Gordon spoke to Aisling King who is also volunteering her time for free to support with marketing in Northern Ireland.

How AbilityNet can help

AbilityNet provides a range of free services to help disabled people and older people.

  • Call our free Helpline. We’re open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm on 0800 048 7642.
  • We have a range of factsheets that talk in detail about technology that might help you, which you can download for free. 
  • My Computer My Way. A free interactive guide to all the accessibility features built into current desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

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