[BCAB] Urgent Help Required - Communication Aid

Roger Woolgrove rawoolgrove at gmail.com
Mon Aug 15 14:01:54 BST 2016


I have no experience in dealing with such problems in a technical manner 
but I might be able to put something together dependant upon the 
response to the following questions:
Can your wife press specific buttons on a keyboard such as left control, 
space and right control when desired without pressing either of the 
other keys?
If no to the above then would there be a combination of keys that could 
be used to be pressed on their own and if so, what these would be.
Can your wife access a mouse, not the pointer but the left and right 
I maybe able to put together a simple program using java in which one 
key would click through the alphabet and the other key would select, 
much like typing albeit slowly. 2 control keys and space to cursor left 
and right and space bar to select. Alternatively one mouse button to 
click through the alphabet and the other to select.
If either solution would suffice and your wife has access to a machine 
that can be or is installed with java then this might prove to be a work 
around until a better solution can be reached.
Hope to hear back soon and wishing your wife, Sarah and yourself well 
with your situation.


On 15/08/2016 10:36, Adrian Picton via Bcab wrote:
> Dear all,
> Please note this message carries a mascara/tissue warning so if you are at work or somewhere where you can't deal with something sad then maybe come back to this message later, but do come back to it if you can to see if you can help. This message goes beyond just a frustrating computer problem.
> Unfortunately my darling wife Sarah has a brain tumour and has only been given a matter of weeks to live. She lost the use of her right arm and hand several weeks ago and now her left arm and hand is going as well. Her speech has also been deteriorating and she is now virtually unable to say anything understandable. She can nod or shake her head to sighted people and can squeeze my hand once for Yes and twice for No. You can imagine how frustrating this is for someone who is fully mentally alert and for me as their partner when Sarah is unable to communicate with me.
> Initially I tried the Braille Sense in one-handed mode, but she no longer has sufficient use in her left hand to use it. I also tried creating a document with the letters of the alphabet on each line so she could use the scroll keys on the Braille Sense to find a letter to spell out a word for me but she can't even keep her fingers on the buttons. I also tried Braille Lexicon cards but she is unable to pick them up to place them to spell out a word or to see the large print letters from far enough away to point to them.
> What I want to know is does a device exist like perhaps what Steven Horking uses where you can select letters or phrases to be read out in synthetic speech, but where the interface controlled by a joystick or pointing device also speaks to provide access for a visually impaired person. If so where could we get access to such a thing?
> Alternatively does anyone know of an app, piece of PC software or computer or smartphone attachment which would do the job? Most things on the market are by their very nature visual.
> If any of you can help or point me in the direction of someone who can I would be so grateful as it would help Sarah and I to make the most of our precious moments together.
> Many thanks in anticipation,
> Adrian.
> Sent from my iPhone

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