[BCAB] Urgent Help Required - Communication Aid

John jjsturt at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 07:49:22 BST 2016

Hello You could try
They do some brilliant work with controllers.

Hope this proves useful and the very best of luck and best wishes.

On 15/08/2016 20:36, Mel Griffiths wrote:
> Hi Adrian,
> I'm so sorry, I don't know of any devices that could help Sarah. I would
> write to you privately but the list does not seem to display Email
> addresses.
> I just wanted to say how sad Gav and I are to hear about Sarah and send you
> both our very best wishes.
> Feel free to write to me if you'd like to at melgriffiths at virginmedia.com.
> Mel
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Adrian
> Picton via Bcab
> Sent: 15 August 2016 10:37
> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Cc: Adrian Picton <adrian.picton at yahoo.co.uk>
> Subject: [BCAB] Urgent Help Required - Communication Aid
> 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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