Magical children's hospice staff conference 2020
This month we held our eagerly anticipated and oh so magical annual Children's Hospice Staff Conference 2020. It was an absolute sell out and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to have all our colleagues under one roof sharing their stories of best practice and top tips on how to overcome the common challenges that they face. We were incredibly excited to unveil our latest piece of assistive technology, the Pods Play sensory tent, an inflatable tent with removable themes i.e 'under the sea' and pretty lights! We also showcased magical technologies such as the Eyegaze, Magic Carpet and adaptive iPads and gave delegates the opportunity to play around with the impressive kit. Thanks to our supporters, Inclusive Technology UK, delegates walked away with some pretty cheerful headphones designed especially for children with built in volume control! We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our attendees and our supporters, in particularly The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists for their support in making this day possible.
You can watch our conference video here right here!
Our magical patron Sarah Ezekiel has created an inspiring video where she talks about her diagnosis with Motor Neuron Disease and the Eyegaze technology that gave her back her ability to create art and reconnect with the world. Her story has been hugely successful and featured in the latest Games Aid blog and Health Tech Digital. You can watch her heartening video below.
Magical autism awareness week
This month we took part in autism awareness week by encouraging our Twitter followers to reach out and give autistic people a virtual hug. The awareness week was especially important this year as we're all facing the challenges that come with the coronavirus, but it's worth considering that for autistic people these challenges can be amplified.
Magical community spirit during Covid-19
We also took part in the nationwide applause for the magical NHS workers who are working on the front line to help those battling coronavirus. We extended our thanks to the children's hospice staff who use our adaptive technology to enrich the lives of life-limited and disabled children. In these unprecedented and challenging times we are reminded of the important work carers of all kinds do to help look after those in need. Furthermore, as we experience isolation, perhaps for the first time in our lives, we have developed an even greater empathy for the life-limited and disabled children that without our assistive technology would be unable to communicate or control something for themselves.
Sadly one of our long term supporters, the magical Paul Fullager, passed away following a long illness. Paul was an avid supporter of Lifelites and made many donations over the years as well as taking a great interest in supporting our children's hospice staff training initiative. We'd like to say a big thank you to Paul Fullager for all his support and express our sincerest condolences to his family.
Life-limited and disabled children wouldn't be able to communicate, play, and control something for themselves if it wasn't thanks to our supporters! These children are particularly at risk due to the Coronavirus and an already short life might come to an end sooner than expected. We want to ensure that life-limited and disabled children continue to tell their parents "I love you" and play with their brothers and sisters, for as long as possible.
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