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Skills to use a computer and knowledge to access digital resources are tools that help us explore the world! Thanks to funding from Blacktown Workers Club Grant 2019, clients at Afford’s Kings Park Day Program can now explore their interests and engage their imaginations.

Laptops and iPads now feature in the computer room of Day Program thanks to funding for modified computer resources for people with disability. The new equipment gives more clients access to online resources for entertainment and education.

Kings Park staff have incorporated activities into the daily schedule to encourage digital fluency for all clients.

Clients receive support to learn the basics of digital devices. They now know how to use hardware, including a keyboard, mouse, touchscreen and computer. They can also access the internet, online forums and set up an email account for themselves. They are confident in using search engines to research topics of interest.

Most importantly, Kings Park Day Program staff have supported clients to understand the importance of staying safe online. They have explored topics such as socialising online through apps such as Facebook. Discussions have also focussed on using a device’s camera and the things to consider when sharing personal information and images.

On-site clients have already begun to put their new digital skills to the test. Each month they choose a country to research as part of their cooking program. The new laptops and iPads give everyone the chance to have a go at researching traditional recipes that relate to their country of the month. They watch YouTube videos of culinary creations. They also use their digital devices to write their shopping lists including ingredients to make their feasts!

Clients, Andrea, Rebecca P and Rebecca H, use touch typing to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. The ladies begin the day with a script. They open a Word document on their device and touch type the words. Learning how to touch type enhances physical dexterity, reduces time and in producing high-quality work.

Kings Park Day Program staff have downloaded apps to support clients in speech development. Stepping Stones is an app that creates visual guides using personal photos for daily routines for greater independence. Clients have also engaged with the website, Be Connected, that provides a range of learning resources to develop digital skills and confidence.

Thanks to funding from the Blacktown Workers Club Grant 2019, Kings Park Day Program provides richer digital experiences for all clients who attend the site. Clients now have the confidence and digital know-how to get involved in diverse activities and engage their curious minds.

Find out more about how Afford can develop your digital skills to enhance your independence and confidence in everyday life.