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Is there any equipment that can help me use a computer?

You may find that the standard mouse or keyboard you got with your PC doesn’t quite give you the control you want, especially if you have limited dexterity. If you have arthritic fingers, you may find a trackball mouse which is ergonomically designed easier to use.

You can choose from a wide range of different shapes and sizes from a provider like AbilityNet. Contact AbilityNet’s advice and information team on freephone 0800 269 545 to find out more about specialist equipment and adaptations (much of it is free or low cost) if you have a disability that makes using a computer difficult.

Microsoft has built various features into Windows to make it easier for people of all abilities to use it. Visit Microsoft Accessibility to find out more about their accessibility options.

Where can I find a computer training course?

There are lots of computer courses and taster sessions available for older people, providing straightforward training using jargon-free terms that aim to get you quickly enjoying the advantages of the internet.

The Silver Surfers Internet Cafe is where you will be able to upskill yourselves on your tablet or laptop computers and use our free WiFi. They have a range of volunteer coaches to assist you whether your just getting started or want to learn new skills. They will do topic based sessions periodically to focus on areas of interest for all. It is a relaxed Cafe where you can have refreshments and biscuits and its all for just £2 a session.The Cafe is open on alternate Wednesday afternoon’s 2 until 4pm but see their home page calender for actual dates. Call Nigel on (01983) 566357 for more information. – please note all regular events are subject to covid-19 restrictions.

Digital Support:

If you would like to receive digital support, contact Digi Dan at WightFibre

Recite Me:

Both the Islehelp.me and Isle Find It websites have the Recite Me programme which offers a wide range of accessibility features to make navigation much easier for the partially sighted.

Updated 26/08/2021