Bev’s story and photo was shared by Leonard Cheshire, a charity supporting disabled people to live, learn and work independently – whatever their ability.
Purple is the colour of disability. Leonard Cheshire want those with a disability to be seen and are raising awareness with their #ISeePurple campaign. Today people are wearing purple, sharing photos to support the campaign on social media, and donating £5 each to help combat loneliness this winter and get a disabled person online.
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Bev had a stroke many years ago and now has very limited mobility as a result. She can’t always make herself understood to unfamiliar people.
The team at Leonard Cheshire have been working with Bev to introduce her to assistive technologies to help her communicate. She now uses the Fast Talker app in Grid 3, on a Grid Pad 12.
Bev operates her Grid Pad 12 with a switch attached to her chair, which she controls with her left tricep. Through a series of switch clicks she can move around the keyboard to select the letter she wants. The predictive text and chat history features in Fast Talker help Bev form the words she wants to use.
With her Grid Pad 12, she also has access to Skype and can speak to her family – something she really wanted to be able to do.
Bev’s family are really pleased with how she has been progressing with the technology. Her daughter Jo said it has “given her independence like never before!”
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