Pass IT On

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Pass IT On is a charity which collects donated computer equipment, adapts it and gives it to people with disabilities living in the EH postcode (Edinburgh and Lothians) area. Pass IT On was founded in 2002 by Martha Lester-Cribb and Sandy Kerr after their long experience of working with disabled people showed that access to computers and technology is restricted for many. We also provide volunteering and work placement opportunities for people with additional needs, allowing trainees to learn skills and contribute to our work; collecting, building and adapting computers for clients.

Imagining life without access to a computer seems unthinkable for many people today. From banking to shopping to social networking or reading favourite newspapers online, much of modern life involves access to computers and the internet. We keep in touch with our friends and families, share experiences and photographs and make social plans online. Yet there are still huge gaps in access to computers, especially for housebound disabled people and others who are not able to take advantage of publicly available IT facilities. Essential adaptations such as special keyboards and switches are rarely if ever available in public locations, and are very expensive. Meanwhile, each year tonnes of perfectly useable computer equipment end up being discarded when businesses and individuals upgrade their machines.

The idea behind Pass IT On is a simple one - that a computer being discarded by one person can be rebuilt and adapted to act as a lifeline to someone excluded by disability or social isolation.

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Disability/Difficulties
  • Long Term Conditions
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Impairment/Disability
  • Visual Impairment


  • Children (aged 0-16)
  • Young People (aged 16-25)
  • Adults (aged 16-65)
  • Older People (aged 65+)