The 100 voices project
100 voices is an exciting new project where we are providing 100 adults and children in CareTech’s services with AAC devices to help them communicate.
Over the next few months, we will be visiting people in care homes and specialist schools across the UK, trialling different communication aids and methods of alternative access to find solutions that will best suit their needs.
Our team of assistive technology specialists will also provide training for staff, to ensure that each AAC user is supported throughout their communication journey and able to reach their full potential.
This is our first joint initiative with CareTech and we can’t wait to see the difference our technology will make to disabled people in a range of social care settings.
Nkeesha, 37, is the first CareTech service user to receive a device from Smartbox as part of the 100 Voices project. She has Cerebral palsy and struggles to be understood by other people. Her limited movement makes it difficult and time-consuming for her to control a computer or touch screen device with her hands.
Nkeesha tried a Grid Pad 15 with eye gaze technology for the first time and was instantly able to interact with the screen. Using Grid 3 AAC software, she explored different types of keyboards and resources for text communication. The predictive features and chat history were a big hit, and she was able to quickly compose messages.
The Grid Pad 15 will give Nkeesha a voice, and in turn help her to live more independently. She is excited to use accessible versions of YouTube, WhatsApp and Facebook, and to use the device to keep in touch with her family via Skype. She is also looking forward to being able to control her TV and change the channels on Sky.
If you’d like to try a communication aid or work with us on a similar project, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
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