UCanDoIT Scotland was established in 2008 and was registered as a Scottish charity with the OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) primarily to support people in Edinburgh and its surrounds.
Following a successful Big Lottery Scotland bid in 2009, we extended our services to Glasgow, Perth, Dundee, Inverclyde and South Ayrshire. Our group of 15 dedicated trainers in Scotland, network and communicate as a group, and feed back to our London based office.
Since then we have trained and supported 270 people in Scotland. This is great but there are approximately 1 million people with disabilities in Scotland which is a staggering 20% of the population. Over the next three years we aim to extend our present areas of support within Scotland.
June was one of our learners and lives in East Dunbartonshire. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1993.
She said “ I went from being a very fit and active person (I would often go hill walking and camping around Scotland), to being paralysed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair. I work my computer with the aid of SmartNav software, which allows me to navigate the screen using a sensor attached to my glasses. I decided to design a website which would be based on my love of the outdoors, walking and cycling.
I was introduced to website editing software, and taught how to use it. I didn’t realise how much work there was in creating a website. I spent many hours researching, collecting and saving images, video, text and music for the site. Using the website editor software can be very difficult and quite slow due to the assistive software I am using, although I persevered. I also created a Facebook page, and linked it to my website.
Designing and publishing a website has been very hard work but a fantastic and worthwhile experience. I never thought it would be possible, but it is just the beginning. I will be continually developing the site, adding new pages and pictures, and updating Facebook. Overall the course was brilliant and well delivered by an experienced tutor, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”