Workshop to raise awareness of assistive technologies held for the physically disabled

SINGAPORE - Mr Christopher Hills can edit videos with his iPhone and iPad - without touching any of those devices or a mouse or keyboard.

The 21-year-old Australian, who was born with athetoid cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic, has limited control over his muscles and speech. But he can use his neck muscles and switches on a headset attached to his wheelchair to use Switch Control, an accessibility tool that helps him use Apple devices.

He and his father Garry Hills showed how to use Switch Control and other accessibility tools such as AssistiveTouch, at a workshop attended by about a dozen people with physical disabilities on Wednesday (June 7).

It was held at the Enabling Village in Lengkok Bahru. Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim also attended the session.

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This is the second of four workshops organised by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Apple to raise awareness and spur adoption of assistive technologies for people with disabilities, as part of the Government's efforts to build a digitally-inclusive society. The first was held in April for people who are blind. Upcoming sessions would be held for people with hearing and intellectual disabilities.

Registration for these workshops are through closed invitations to SG Enable, an agency that helps people with disabilities, and voluntary welfare organisations. People interested to go for such workshops can contact IMDA to be included in the mailing list for the workshops.