Opening up the internet to disabled

A NEW project has been launched for disabled people with an interest in the internet.

The scheme, funded by Awards for All and run by Independent Living Zone and North Tyneside Disability Forum, will help those taking part get the hang of the worldwide web.

Three two-hour sessions are being held every Tuesday at North Tyneside Disability Forum’s Internet Bytes café at its outreach project community charity shop in Park View, Whitley Bay.

The sessions, starting at 10am, will run until August 2012.

Amy Pooley, Independent Living Zone’s information co-ordinator, said: “The project is specifically geared towards disabled people who maybe fear the internet and are unaware of its benefits.

“We aim to give them control while surfing the web in a warm, comfortable environment where they can access computers and auxiliary equipment to help them explore and develop their interests and connect safely online with other social networks.

“People will be shown how to seek, collect, store and categorise information and then share it using the MySignpost information exchange website, which contains details of community activities throughout North Tyneside.”

For details, call (0191) 217 0791 or e-mail