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    Hi KC and All,

    Hope you don't mind me saying this after reading these past few posts. To those living with this illness please don't be so hard on yourself, you really are doing the best you can under extremely difficult physical, emotional, and mental challenges that came upon you of no fault of your own.

    You all get up everyday, and face the day with all the struggles it brings as well as the long nights. There are so many people in this world not living with mnd that can't manage to do that.

    You may be physically compromised, but you have incredible strength that cannot be measured.

    Much Love to you All

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    Any suggestions on good technology once hands no longer work?

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    The best technology without hands is Eye Gaze. Rather than physically moving a cursor with a mouse, the user looks at the specific letter, icon etc. on the screen, dwells on it for a specified time which acts as the “enter” key.
    The vast majority of eye trackers only work with Windows platforms, as does eye gaze software. The best, as in most responsive and thus most forgiving & least frustrating, is the Tobii EyeX. It costs about £100 and although aimed at developers, its software is easily downloaded. Best of all is the free open source software available which gives the user full PC control. The PC or tablet must have an USB3.0 port & pref an i5 processor.

    I suggest your wife (if that’s her in the video, Helen or Rose, not sure) maybe tries a camera mouse – free, for Windows only – or if there is an equivalent for iPad to see what she thinks. Download Optikey to use as controls. She had very good head control in the video.

    Of course your wife should be assessed by an AAC Team but I know it’s very much a postcode lottery in the U.K.

    Ellie.
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    From a reliable source:-

    I’ve heard about voice recognition. Is it difficult to set-up?

    No! Not at all. If you have a fairly new Windows or Apple computer then you have built in voice recognition. It is easy to use and as long as you practice for a while you should be able to get fairly good recognition. We’d always suggest getting a USB microphone though as normally the external microphones on a computer never tends to be of a high enough quality to be effective at recognizing your voice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WendyWooG View Post
    I have just had environmental services round, they are lovely people. The system they are looking at installing runs on android not iPad and they will be providing a Samsung tablet as part f the package.
    Hi Wendy,

    Hope you're doing ok.

    Did you hear back from that assessment yet?

    Ellie x.
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    Google now do Voice activated for your Android Tablet.

    "Voice access" was on the Gadget Show tonight and seemed to work well.

    Some of you will be saying that that is no use for Mnd people but there are some of us that lose our hands but can talk well.

    So you can get voice activation for most computer type devices now.

    Love Terry
    Last edited by Terry; 12th October 2018 at 23:31.

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    Thanks for bringing this up Terry. The more communication aids the designers develop then it improves our quality of life.

    We had a presentation last Thursday at our MND meeting by a speech and language therapist. She has been running a project to help people in Nottinghamshire with access to communication aids and how to bank your voice. Sadly this project has come to an end and guess why? You’ve got it, the NHS trust has run out of funding.

    Following the presentation those of us who have experience of voice banking and the use of a speech app were able to demonstrate to the “newbies”.

    Barry
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