I’m in Acton to film Rebecca Bright, the founder of Therapy Box who won a 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The award was given in recognition of a range of specialist software applications (Apps) to aid people with disabilities. Used in conjunction with iPads and computer tablets, the apps facilitate computer access.
They launched their first app in 2011 when Rebecca realised there was a need for low-cost, discrete alternatives to the bulky, expensive computers used previously to give a voice to people with cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease or similar conditions. She spoke about this to Swapnil Gadgil, a telecoms executive, who agreed and together they co-founded Therapy Box. One of their apps in the new range enables an iPad to be controlled by puffs of air, slight head movements or finger tapping. Thus, severely disabled people can send emails, participate in social media activities and have their own speech augmented.
Other apps aid control of domestic environments, including changing channels on televisions and operating doors.
As well as English they now have Apps in 6 other languages and sell to 35 countries.
In today’s film I ask Rebecca to run through the Innovation entry form from the point of view of a recent winner! It’s a short film, 3 minutes in total but I think there is some great advice given. Therapy Box has a busy office, so apologies in advance for the background noises!