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Greater Manchester residents with disabilities get resource for digital support

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)  has launched a new resource to help disabled people get online and access digital opportunities.

Named Get Online Greater Manchester: for disabled people, it is a comprehensive guide that signposts people with disabilities, and those supporting them, to organisations that can help overcome digital barriers.

The booklet, which is available in various accessible formats, brings together information on assistive technology; digital skills and skills courses; broadband and mobile connectivity; and advice about staying safe online.

The guide has been developed with input from partners and organisations of Greater Manchester’s Disabled People Panel. They advised that many disabled people and care professionals are unaware of where to access digital support, such as assistive technology, digital skills and getting online, and that more guidance was needed to help disabled people understand and utilise the range of technology available.

A good start

Co-chair of the panel Chris Hamnett said: “Digital exclusion is growing in the UK. This guide to support in Greater Manchester is a good start for all disabled people and our organisations. Whether it is data, devices, or learning support, you will find the help you need to remove barriers to inclusion and make use of online services safely.”

Cllr Nick Peel, GMCA lead for digital, said: “This is another great step in Greater Manchester’s vision to become a world leading digital city-region. With our ambitions for Greater Manchester to become one of the first city-regions in the world to equip all under-25s, over-75s and disabled people with the skills, connectivity and technology to get online and this new resource helps ensure we’re on our way to achieving that ambition and leaving no one behind.”

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