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Planet Rachael: Our changing world needs to be all-inclusive

People with learning disabilities can benefit from digital advances so let’s empower them to do so, says Wendy Johnson
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People with learning disabilities can gain access to life-enriching experiences through digital technology. Let’s empower them to do so, says Wendy Johnson

Information technology can revolutionise the life experiences of those with mild and profound disability.

Recently I met ‘John’ who has severe cerebral palsy and needs 24-hour care to meet his significant needs.

History suggests that had John been born before the turn of the century, his life experience would have been incarceration in an institution – had he been allowed to live at all.

But, because he was born in the digital age and has a technology-assisted ability to communicate, he has been able to demonstrate to others his ability to the point of running a successful business staffed entirely by people with disability. I have also just seen footage of his wedding on Facebook.

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