Isaac is one of our service users who has benefited massively from our help and support.
Isaac has had cerebral palsy since birth which effects all four of his limbs, resulting in him needing a wheelchair to move around. Isaac’s fine motor skills are also effected, so any tasks that involve a level of dexterity are either difficult or impossible for him to achieve independently, such as eating and writing. Additionally, Isaac’s voice is effected, to the point that he isn’t able to form any recognisable words and so relied on an alphabet board to communicate.
Isaac’s parents were desperate to find a way for Isaac to succeed academically, as his intellect was unaffected, he had the potential to do well at school, if only a way could be found to record his work. Everyone Can became involved and assessed his academic needs and identified what technology could be used to help him through school. By showing him the technology Isaac managed to get all the way through school, took his A Levels and gained entry into university.
Although Isaac was achieving amazing things, he did face struggles in a mainstream university as he found nobody knew how to interpret his method of communication. Understandably, this had a huge psychological effect on Isaac and he felt he needed to take some time out whilst he tried to ‘find his voice.’ His mother attended one of the events that we held and the source of help was re-established.
As well all know, technology moves quickly. So, we carried out another assessment for Isaac and updated his joystick to one that works in-line with his wheelchair, making it not only more comfortable to use, but portable too. The software was also changed so that not only would it enable Isaac to write more effectively, but it would also enable him to build words and sentences to be spoken out loud by a computer mounted on his wheelchair. We have learnt a lot of lessons over the years and so we looked at other ways that technology could help Isaac and provided him with a solution to also control his environment such as lighting and working the TV.
We are still in regular contact with Isaac as we know technology is always changing so want to be able to help him the best we can. Isaac has seen first hand how our charity can make a difference to someones life so is now helping us spread the word and make sure others are aware of our services!