Living with a disability is never an easy thing, and according to government statistics, there are over 11 million living with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability. It's an incredibly broad definition, but it gives some idea to the scope of the issue. Though the term 'disability' covers a wide range of issues, it's clear that the wider world isn't really designed to handle some of the issues that these people face on a day to day basis. As such, it's the duty of those who can to make life easier for those living with an illness. One such company is Sky, and thanks to their thoughtfulness, they've gone out of their way to make having a Sky subscription as friendly as possible to those with disabilities.
Aside from a range of Accessibility software features, which we covered in our last guide, Sky also offer a modified remote control which has been designed to keep the features of the regular Sky remote, whilst making it easier to use, grip and see thanks to a number of considered changes. In this guide, we'll look at the features of the inclusive remote and how you can order one for yourself or for a family member.
The features of the inclusive remote are as follows:
- A new, textured easy grip design with a solid plastic hand strap for use by those with weakened grip.
- Raised contour buttons with additional tactile points for those with weakened eyesight.
- Larger and bolder button graphics.
- High visibility buttons to help find and locate buttons.
- Reduced push back in buttons to make them easier to press for weakened hands.
Requesting one of these easy grip remotes is simple, as any sky customer with a disability can request a Sky+ Easy Grip Remote Control completely free of charge. Each remote comes with batteries and instructions included. Ordering one is as simple as using the Sky telephone number, or by using their Live Chat feature.
The Sky+ easy grip remote was created in 2007, and has since been awarded Age OK accreditation from Age UK, indicating its suitability for older people as well as those with certain disabilities. This remote won't be terrifically helpful for everybody, but for millions of people it can provide a sense of self reliance and comfort with Sky.
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