Remap is a national charity that works through local groups of skilled volunteers. They make bespoke equipment for disabled people that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Robin Lulham is the Chairman of the East Sussex group. and is keen to raise the profile of Remap across the County so that as many people as possible benefit from the service, which is provided free of charge. Remap help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their specific needs. This tailor made equipment helps people to carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for help, or enables them take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible.
The type of work done by Remap comes in many forms, from relatively simple adaptaions of handrails in a bathroom, to more complex equipment involving modern technology. In a recent case, David Constable, a volunteer engineer for Remap East Sussex helped a young lady called Julie. Julie cannot talk, so David has attached switches to either side of her walking frame. Depending on which switch is pressed, a message is relayed to Julie’s mother or her teachers via a speaker to alert them that she needs to use the bathroom, or that she would like to use her computer through which she can communicate more generally via a touchscreen or retinal recognition technology. .
If you think you or someone you know could be helped by Remap, the contact number for the East Sussex branch is 07568 482064. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more, visit the national website at Remap.org.uk. Remap is waiting for your call and happy to help!!