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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: Campaign launched to help disabled people get online

A national campaign to break down barriers to digital access for disabled people has been launched, with an estimated 43 per cent of disabled people believed to have never been online.

Go On Gold aims to bring digital technology, whether that be internet access, digital TV or smartphones, to the 4.3 million disabled people who have never been online.

The campaign will run for a full year until June 2013, and will intensify in the run-up to the London Paralympic Games as disability issues increasingly take the media spotlight.

Go On’s activities will include a new e-accessibility website, interviews with high profile figures in the disabled community, and the development of a network of partner organisations who can help fulfil Go On’s objectives, whether that be by promoting the campaign or working directly with disabled people.

Kevin Carey is chairman of the UK’s national blindness charity RNIB, one of the campaign’s main partners. He said: “At a time when digital access plays an ever-increasing role in almost every aspect of our lives, these statistics are shocking and unacceptable.

“Our campaign will highlight the help which is available, encourage others to help point non-users in the right direction and show businesses and organisations how much society as a whole can gain by sharing such knowledge.”

Meanwhile, the I-drive portal was launched by Adapted Vehicle Hire in April. The portal aims to provide disabled motorists and carers with information, a directory of links to useful support organisations, and news and blogs on disability and mobility issues. It also highlights positive personal stories of disabled people who have remained independent on the roads. Click here for more information.

Adapted Vehicle Hire specialises in the hire of adapted cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) for disabled passengers, drivers or their carers. Click here to find out how we can support you.