Students with mobility limitations, get access to new, accessible computing

Students with mobility limitations, get access to new, accessible computing

UBC graduate students can get access to a new service device that makes computers and laptops more user friendly for people with mobility limitations, allowing them to stay connected and maintain their independence.

netClé is designed to flexible for each user’s particular needs. The variety of connectable sensors, switches, and input devices which allow users to navigate a cursor with touch or movement from a single digit, limb – or even their head.

The project team are looking for individuals who are willing to use the netClé and provide feedback. The team have developed a method to install netClé remotely, which respects all social distancing requirements.

This is a free service that will be customised to the needs of the individual, so if you think it’s something that you could benefit from, contact the project team to get an assessment.The team list some simple criteria you’ll need to be eligible:

  • I use a computer and have a disability or physical condition that makes it challenging to do so using standard devices (mouse & keyboard)
  • I have a computer with a stable internet connection (Windows, Mac & Linux laptops or desktops are all acceptable), and:
  • a valid email address
  • audio (mic and speakers) and video (camera) capabilities
  • a friend, family member or caregiver who can provide assistance (if needed) to unbox the unit when it is delivered, connect the various components and position the input device(s) for your use.

If you’re interested in accessing the service, or just want more information, contact the netClé team here: https://tetrasociety.org/netcle/

Additional Information

  • Students may require assistance to install device, depending on their mobility limitations.
  • The device collects no usage or personal data. Students will be contacted for feedback and may decline to answer questions. They will be able to keep the device either way.
  • The device has guaranteed technical support until the end of March, and may have more if funding is extended for the project.
  • If you do access the service, please let the project team know that  you heard about the service from the UBC GSS

If you have any problems getting access to the service, do contact the GSS advocacy team: advocacy@gss.ubc.ca

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