Since losing my voice and the power in my hands, I now communicate entirely through my Eye Gaze computer. It’s an incredible piece of technology and my life line to communicating with the world. My life would be utterly unbearable without it, I can’t even begin to imagine how people coped before they were readily available.
As the name suggests, I use my eyes to control it. At the bottom of the screen there are two sensors that pick up my eye movements. On the screen there is a large keyboard, I stare at a letter briefly to select it. Luckily there is predictive text to speed things up! It takes a lot of time, patience and practice to get fully going with it.
The main program is the text-to-speak, I type up what I want to say, select ‘Speak’ and out comes my words in a deadpan female British accent, unfortunately an Irish accent wasn’t available. I can text, email, search the Web, blog, access Facebook and Twitter all through it too!
Since 2011 the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (imnda) supply Eye Gaze PC’s to patients who require them.
To find out more about the imnda and the support they provide, click here.