Disabled now communicate around world thanks to hi-tech computer at ACE Centre

Oxford Mail: John Deeley, chairman of the Oxfordshire Wooden Spoon. Picture: OX65970 Mark Hemsworth Buy this photo John Deeley, chairman of the Oxfordshire Wooden Spoon. Picture: OX65970 Mark Hemsworth

A HI-TECH computer is helping disabled people have a voice and communicate with others all over the world.

Oxford charity the ACE Centre now has the TOBII 1-12, a computer that uses eye tracking technology so pupils control the mouse and keys.

Fundraiser Helen Lerwill said: “Somebody who doesnt have very good control or no control at all over their arms or legs can use this.

“It opens up a whole world for them. Often these are people who can’t communicate.”

Ms Lerwill, from Shipton-under-Wychwood, said: “The device has already been used by 20 children since we’ve had it.

“It’s made a huge difference to be able to add it to our technology tibrary. It means that we can find the best solution to enable the children we work with to communicate.’’

The £8,500 device was donated to the Yarnton Road, Cassington, centre by the county branch of fundraising charity Wooden Spoon.

Branch chairman John Deeley said: “We raise about £10,000 each year and give it out to four or five different charities in Oxfordshire.

“The ACE Centre is a really worthwhile charity.”

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