Digital agency Deepend and the National Stroke Foundation have partnered to create an online portal to assist Australian stroke survivors in everyday activities, after formal rehabilitation ends.
The portal named “enableme” can be fully customised to help meet a range of individual needs that stroke survivors may have, including vision, communication and mobility issues.
Alongside its hyper-adaptability, enableme brings together thousands of stroke resources to empower survivors and support their own long-term recovery.
Some of the disabilities that the site cater for includes Homonymous Hemianopia (field of vision is limited to only one side), for this the on-screen view of enableme can be altered to a left or right field setting and match that stroke survivor’s field of vision; ensuring they can easily see the full page of content.
For those suffering from impaired vision, the user can select the high contrast colour setting so text is easier to focus on and for those with certain forms of Aphasia (impacted ability to talk, read, write and/or understand others) if reading is impacted, on-screen underlining can be added. When this setting is used, the first and last word of each line of text is underlined to enable an easier reading experience.
"Enableme is the result of the tireless efforts of both the National Stroke Foundation and Deepend working together to create this platform which is the first of its kind globally. We are genuinely excited to be part of such a huge process of digital evolution, providing the National Stroke Foundation with a long-lasting and versatile technological solution that will have a genuine impact in improving people’s everyday lives.” Kath Blackham, managing director of Deepend said.
Stroke is a leading cause of disability among adults and leaves almost two thirds of survivors requiring assistance with daily living activities. The National Stroke Foundation, along with founding partner The Bupa Health Foundation, identified that many stroke survivors and their families felt there was a void in support after they return home from hospital and finish formal rehabilitation.
National Stroke Foundation CEO Dr Erin Lalor said: “This platform has the power to dramatically improve the lives of stroke survivors, encouraging them to take control of their recovery with the support of fellow stroke survivors and carers in the enableme community.
“In addition to bringing together information and resources, enableme is a safe place where survivors, carers and families can connect to share tips, challenges and aspirations. We want enableme to become Australia’s largest stroke community, to cheer each other on to reach their goals and to be there for each other when things get tough.”
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