We can accept financial donations, preferably in the form of a cheque made payable to
Disabled Access to Computing.
Donors are normally notified in writing of the use to which their money has been put however commercial organisations making donations will also receive a written acknowledgement of the donation for tax purposes.
Donations may be made toward specific projects, for example an employer may specify that their donation is used to provide a copy of a particular piece of software for training or familiarisation purposes.
We have also occasionally received donations specifically for us to up-grade a particular clients system to meet a specific requirement, such as high end graphics capability or the provision of a specific specialised input device (this latter where we were unable to supply from our own stock).
We can collect redundant computer equipment, saving you the trouble of arranging for disposal. All hardware is stripped down to basic component level (hard drives, motherboards, RAM etc.). The equipment is then re-built to suit the requirements of individual clients to break the chain of ownership for insurance purposes. Hard disks are cleaned using 'Shredder' to make all data they contained irretrievable. This is the software used by the US Government when disposing of its redundant equipment.
Due to our limited warehousing capacity we have now been forced to establish a minimum specification for computer system units as follows:
Pentium (or equivalent) 1GHz processor, 250MB of RAM, preferably with a minimum 500MB Hard Disk and CD or DVD drive.
Software is problematic. According to most software licences the original purchaser is disbarred from selling the product second hand. We have decided to accept donations of software only if accompanied by the full set of original installation disks, and preferably the original documentation.
To avoid complications with software vendors we normally supply our clients with a core suite of Freeware and usually open source programs with additional material in the form of Shareware which they may register if they find it useful. This means we cannot normally supply Microsoft Windows free of charge, where this is a clients requirement we rely on financial donations.
For all practical purposes we can supply fully functioning software suites based on freeware operating systems such as the popular Linux operating system.
Computer systems are normally only supplied to clients who are registered disabled, we have supplied systems to people who are not registered on the basis of a Doctor or Social Worker writing in support of the request.
Computer systems may also be supplied to charities and not-for-profit organisations. This is not our main function however we have in the past supplied items such as laser printers and scanners to such organisations.
Computer systems are supplied with only the operating system and software we are licenced to provide. If the client requests our help in installing or using commercial software we can do this providing the software is legally owned by the client.
Training is normally given on a one-to-one basis at the home or premises of the client. We can provide group training for up to six clients at a single location. Financial constraints mean we cannot provide the venue for group training and as a general rule was cannot supply a suite of computer systems.
Auditing computer systems is normally undertaken for charities and not-for-profit organisations only. The client organisation is provided with details of computer equipment held and a run-down of the uses to which it may be put. We can supply some software and associated training to such organisations.
Web site accessibility auditing can be undertaken, normally this service is only provided for individuals and charities although we have arranged such services to educational establishments and commercial organisations in exceptional circumstances.
Provision of equipment to commercial organisations is limited to direct support for disabled clients working directly for the organisation. We can provide a limited degree of technical support to companies employing disabled staff.
Registering domain names for the World Wide Web, arranging hosting space for web sites and providing web design services is normally limited to charities and not-for-profit organisations only. We do have clients working in the area of web design and we can put commercial organisations in touch with these clients. As these individuals are our clients they receive free assistance from us in developing their skills.