[BCAB] Urgent Help Required - Communication Aid

Adrian Picton adrian.picton at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Aug 17 12:44:53 BST 2016

Hi Graham,

Thank you - I have had a look at your website and obviously the My Speaker
product would be the best and, knowing, Portset, I can imagine the interface
would be very accessible with speech.

However, the problem is going to be Sarah can't use her hands enough to
navigate the tablet surface and tap, etc. I think it might work if you do
some kind of hardware attachment to go with it, such as a joystick or

Kind regards,


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Graham
Sent: 15 August 2016 16:37
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Urgent Help Required - Communication Aid

Hi Adrian

Have a look at our communication aids at www.talkingtablet.com they are
available on Android or we can make up a tablet if any are of any help.



www.talkingtablet.com, www.portset.co.uk.

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
> 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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