There are currently over one million disabled children in the United Kingdom. One-third of them live in poverty. Families caring for disabled children are more likely to face financial difficulties, as many parents must leave paid opportunities in order to care for their children. Costs rise as a result of the necessity for specialist equipment and frequent appointments. Family Fund can make a difference to those families.
Their goal is to support low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people in order to improve their quality of life, realise their rights, and remove some of the obstacles they encounter in their day-to-day lives.
Supporting families across the UK
Family Fund’s goal is to support low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people by providing valuable grants and resources to those who need them most.
Grants & Services
In 2021, Family Fund provided 150,000 grants and services – worth over £48 million – to families across the UK.
Family Fund aided 2,400 families in 2019-20 with urgent help, where grant awards are given within 48 hours of their application.
40 Years of Support
Family Fund has helped provide over one million grants for families during the 40 years they have been operating.
Accessibility with Apple
At Sync, we believe that education should be accessible to all. We know that as many as 20% of children at some point in their educational career will have special needs, and as little as 2% of them will have their needs addressed. With Apple’s accessibility offering, we are working with schools to close this gap.
All of Apple’s platforms have a comprehensive range of incredibly powerful accessibility tools built right-in to the platform itself. These tools mean that every student can learn in their own individual way in the classroom, customising their learning experience to suit their individual needs. Above and beyond the built-in tools, there are hundreds of incredible apps available to support children with additional learning needs.
Physical and Motor Skills
People learn in different ways. Some people may be auditory learners, while others are visual learners. Apple accessibility features satisfy a range of needs, including tools for auditory reinforcement and tools to help employees stay focused.
Where a student has limited mobility access, there are a number of tools that can be configured in order to provide that student interact with an Apple device. A comprehensive set of commands makes it easy for students with limited mobility to interact with devices.
Visual and Auditory
People with visual impairments often require alternative descriptions for visuals and utilise different tools to engage with interactive digital elements. With a range of built-in tools, and support for external peripherals, such as braille displays, iPad and Mac are built with accessibility in mind.
Captioning for video presentations and visual indicators in place of audio cues are often required for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. All Apple devices can connect to bluetooth hearing devices. Students using ‘Made for iPhone’ hearing devices can not only control the hearing aid from their device, but they can also use it to listen to their device.
Even more accessibility options…
There are 285 million people who are blind or experience limited vision worldwide.
With features such as VoiceOver, Braille and Hover Text, students are empowered to be productive in the classroom.
Accessibility options like VoiceOver allow students to hear what’s happening on their device. VoiceOver gives auditory descriptions of each on-screen element and provides helpful hints along the way.
466 million people are deaf or hard of hearing around the world.
With features such as FaceTime, Made for iPhone Hearing Aids and Live Listen, students who experience hearing difficulties can do their best work.
Limited mobility includes a broad spectrum of disabilities ranging from temporary injuries to conditions such as quadriplegia or paralysis and tremors.
Features like Voice Control, AssistiveTouch and Switch Control, empower people with physical limitations to unleash their creativity and productivity.
Students can use Voice Control to fully control their Mac, iPad or iPhone using only their voice. A comprehensive set of commands makes it easy to quickly interact with devices.
Everyone learns differently. Some people may be auditory learners, while others prefer to learn visually. Apple accessibility features cater to a range of needs, including tools for auditory reinforcement and helping students stay focused.
With features such as Speak Screen, Dictation and Safari Reader, students with diverse learning styles are able to engage more in the classroom.
Students can use Text to Speech on Mac, or Speak Screen on iPad or iPhone to hear the text on the screen read aloud to them.