Man 'speaks' again using iPad
A British man who was left brain-damaged and
paralysed after a vicious attack has been able to communicate for
the first time in 20 years.
Kevin Beverley was left severely injured after an unprovoked
attack two decades ago.
His life-changing injuries included severe brain damage, broken
bones, right side paralysis and he also lost the ability to speak,
meaning he could only communicate by making noises and
But now, through the use of an iPad his life has been
transformed as he is able to speak to his family and carers.
The 55-year-old, who attends the Carlton Centre in Barnsley, run
by the Disabilities Trust, has been able to tell the staff about
his likes and dislikes as well as ask for a cup of tea.
He does this by touching the screen to select the relevant
letters to form words, and at the end of the first day he typed
this message: "It is so good to be able to speak again."
He also plays games on the iPad to help improve his hand-eye
A spokesman from the trust said it was an "amazing result -
Kevin had a voice to speak with. It is the first time he has been
able to communicate with people in an effective manner for well
over 20 years."
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