The RIX Centre at the University of East London has secured funding to provide a suite of digital apps which can help people with learning disabilities face the challenges of isolation as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.
The research and development centre is being supported through TechForce 19, an NHS initiative to deploy tech innovations to help vulnerable people who are staying in, social distancing and self-isolating because of the pandemic. The RIX software offer is one of just 18 innovations selected by the programme from 1,643 applicants.
The RIX Multi-Me toolkit offers a secure and easy-to-use online support platform with features for multimedia blogs and messaging, goal-setting tools and health checks, all aimed at supporting people to stay within their own homes and maintain the support they need to keep safe and manage their mental and physical wellbeing.
At the heart of the toolkit sits the RIX Wiki, a simple personal website where users can store and share audio, video, photos and easy-read text to assist with their communication and self-advocacy.
Professor Andy Minnion MBE, director of RIX Research & Media, said,