Almost half a million older people will spend Christmas alone – many of these people will be disabled. Of course, these figures do not include all the people with disabilities who will be alone this Christmas.
Those with access to the internet can shop online…..can’t they?
Not easily according to a recent report from AbilityNet which has concluded “Shopping online for those Christmas dinner essentials is needlessly difficult for disabled people. ” after testers with a range of conditions from blindness and low vision to learning difficulties attempted to buy three Christmas items from the websites of the five major UK supermarkets. In the test only one met the base level for access requirements and another took over an hour to achieve what should have been a relatively easy task.
However, these are the people who have access to the internet let’s not forget all the people who do not have a computer or any other way of connecting to the outside world during this period. As more and more emphasis is put on “digital by default” giving people basic IT skills becomes even more important.
So on Christmas Day if you are lucky enough to get a new tablet or laptop think about donating your old IT equipment to one of the many organisations who can refurbish them. Charities like UCanDoIT rely on low cost computers to help us give a lifeline to a disabled person.