Jamie is one of Everyone Can’s service users, he has Cerebral Palsy which severely restricts his mobility as well as his ability to speak. Until Everyone Can met Jamie, his only way of talking was through his partner Emma or a family member who translated for him. When we met them they had no idea about specialised technology and how it could help him communicate. The software allowed Jamie to select images to construct sentences, speaking, for the first time through the software’s human sounding voice. Jamie navigates this software using a joystick as a mouse. By using Assistive Technology, he can make himself fully understood by anyone. At school Jamie was unable to develop his literacy skills. He has since then using the software learnt how to read and write, alongside his young children.
With Jamie knowing first hand the huge difference specialised technology can make he now uses his voice to tell others about the benefits of a communication aid and assistive technology! He spreads awareness for Everyone Can and helps us promote our services. Jamie now volunteers at Barnsley Hospital, he is a service user representative in the assistive technology department.