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An Eye for Technology

Posted Jul 21st, 2021 in News

An Eye for Technology
AAC Clinic acquires new eye-gaze technology device & smart writing board
Thanks to a generous grant received from the David S. Howes Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation, Hotel Dieu Shaver now has new state-of-the-art assessment tools for clients of the Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Clinic.

Bob is a 74 year old client who acquired a spinal cord injury after a surfing accident in 2011.  He was referred to the AAC Clinic because he has no functional use of his hands in order to write.  The clinic set him up with eyegaze using the recently-granted Tobii Dynavox I-16.

“This top-of-the line assistive technology allows Bob to use his eyes to control the mouse and type on an on-screen keyboard,” says Nicole Johnson, Senior Occupational Therapist. “With this system, Bob is able to email, research on the internet, keep in touch with family and friends through FaceBook/Skype and write personal letters.”

Bob says he is “ecstatic” with the service that the AAC clinic has provided.  Thank you to the David S. Howes Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation for ensuring Hotel Dieu Shaver has the latest technology to serve our clients.

AAC's Equipment Coordinator, Jonathan Carson, training client Bob on new Tobii Dynavox

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