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Posted on July 14, 2023

All about Oli

Oli is a 17-year-old AAC user who communicates using a Grid Pad 15 with a Lumin-i eye tracker.

Oli is a keen DJ who loves using the power of music to bring people together. He is a regular on the Social Distance Radio station and recently won the Alan Martin Award at the 2023 Communication Matters Awards, for his significant contribution to the arts.

Read more about Oli and his hobbies below.

Oli and his friend Sam at a music festival

Tell us about yourself?

Hello, I am Oli. I’m 17 and I go to school in Kendal in the north of England. I love music and started DJing in 2019.

I enjoy going to 1 Voice events every year to meet my AAC friends and to learn what new technology is out there. I’m also studying for a City of Guilds Award in AAC, with CandLE.

Oli at Kendal Torchlight festival

I use Grid everyday for chatting and DJing and everything!

I started using Grid software when I was 3-years-old and I use it for everything!

I use Grid to control my model railway, DJing, song writing, speaking, social media, Spotify, Steam and other games. I also use it to choose what I want to watch on TV.

Oli at the dry ski slope
Oli with his dog Lexi in Crunswick Scar near Kendal

What are your hobbies?

I love exploring the outdoors, especially where I live in the Lake District. I’m also interested in making films. I’ve presented three films at Kendal Mountain Film Festival in front of 1000 people.

For the most recent festival I presented a film about me going up a local mountain in an off-road wheelchair.

What’s next for you Oli?

I’ve got lots more DJing events lined up for the summer. I’m also planning my next film where I’ll be abseiling off a bridge!/

Visit Oli’s website

Pete and Oli

‘Oli has DJed for the Unique Kidz Eurovision party, my brother’s 60th, and is already booked for his school prom, the 1 Voice Conference and Communication Matters Conference.

He has a great lighting set up, which he controls using Grid’s Computer Control feature. Every song has its own light show – pretty cool!’

Peter, Oli’s Dad


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