Brief overview of who CSPOC works with
PARTNER OF THE YEAR – 2014 "MICROLINK, UK"
“Microlink is Europe’s largest multi-award winning provider of assistive technology.
Microlink have pioneered the industry for over 20 years, becoming the most visionary and successful company of their kind. The organisation focuses on improving services for people with disabilities in education and employment. They achieve this through the use of assisted technology: providing devices to help overcome the barriers caused by disabilities.
Microlink was established in 1992, by owners Dr Nasser Siabi OBE and Vee Ganjavian. They started the company as result of their own experiences, at a time when learning difficulties were not readily understood, and products or services unavailable. Traditionally, businesses have found it challenging to identify employees with disabilities or difficulties, and too expensive to help them reach their full potential.
To this day, Microlink helps some of the world’s largest businesses empower their employees. Through the provision of cost effective assistive technology, these organisations have reported a significant increase in productivity and overall well being, which ultimately creates a competitive advantage.
“When people are supported in the workplace,” says Siabi, “…they feel valued. This usually means they will deliver more for their employer, and feel more committed to their job.”
In a longstanding partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, for example, Microlink helped the company reduce absenteeism, improve staff retention and enhance employee satisfaction.
Microlink has also pioneered a similar solution in educational institutions. The organisation’s achievements have become so well recognised by those working with disabilities, that Dr Siabi was awarded an OBE in 2011. “
What is Assistive Techonology?
“Assistive technology is an umbrella term used to describe technology that helps people of varying abilities to live, work and study on an equal playing field. Assistive technology supports individuals with a wide spectrum of disabilities and learning difficulties, including dyslexia, visual impairments, hearing impairments and mobility impairments. As 1 in 5 students and 1 in 8 employees in the UK have a learning difficulty or disability, assistive technology provides greater inclusivity in education and working environments. Also, many assistive technology products can be applied as a productivity tool for those who may not be working with a disability.” We work with everyone: from businesses, charities, philanthropists, academics, doctors, teachers, students, anyone who has specialist advice or who can lend support to our projects. CSPOC connects different specialisms together with different areas of expertise to come up with a holistic and sustainable solution to a problem.