Accessibility and arthritis: your questions answered

Date of webinar: 
12 Sep 2019

There are over 9.4 million people in the UK living with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis. While the underlying cause differs, both conditions may cause discomfort in the joints most commonly the hips, knees and hands.

This discomfort can make it difficult to access computing devices. Sitting for long periods of time may be uncomfortable while pain and swelling in the joints in your hands can make typing for long periods of time difficult.

Rarely, Rheumatoid Arthritis can also cause problems with hearing loss and visual impairments.

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On our free webinar we were joined by members of the AbilityNet and Versus Arthritis helplines. AbilityNet’s Alex Barker was online to answer specific questions about how to make technology more accessible if you're living with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis. Mags Robinson from Versus Arthritis took calls on your condition, including the emotional impact of living with arthritis

We want to hear from you with your questions about arthritis...

Do you struggle to use a mobile phone, for example? Or are you interested in using voice to search the web?

Our experts introduced AbilityNet and the services we offer that can help you to make your computer more accessible. Meanwhile, Versus Arthritis gave an overview of arthritis and how the condition, and other musculoskeletal conditions can affect your joints.

We also offered tips on managing the condition.

Ultimately a few adjustments will help you to maintain productivity while living with arthritis.

Webinar recording, slide deck and transcript

A recording of the webinar is available on-demand below, along with the transcript and the slide deck used. A transcript from the presentation will be also be included below when it becomes available.

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