I recently got the privilege to assist an elderly member of the community in his first steps with the computer as a part of my volunteering through a UK charity called AbilityNet.
AbilityNet’s mission is to make a digital world accessible to all. Through it, they offer support services for a wide range of users. From older or disabled people looking for help with their technology to digital professionals advocating for accessibility best practices within their organisation.
As a part of the adjustment for that person, I decided to introduce them to ChromeOS Flex.
ChromeOS Flex is an operating system provided by Google, which is very similar to these on branded Chromebooks, but without access to the Google Play Store and not backed up by the Android engine. This system can be installed on a variety of devices making it more accessible for people who need stability and simplicity.
Windows and macOS can be overwhelming for people who never used computers, this is where Chromebooks fit perfectly.
Google integrated a lot of accessibility features into this system allowing it to adjust them to the needs of users with its users in mind.
There is one problem, however.
How do you introduce somebody, who lived his life without a need to integrate into technology?