Request for Technical Assistance
Carlisle and District panel has recently been requested to assist in a case involving a young quadriplegic (result of a mountain cycling accident)
He has limited head movement and some degree of “shoulder-shrugging’ capability
He uses an I-pad for communication with the external world and operates this via a mouth held prodding wand.
When finished using the wand he can place it into a holder fixed to the lower edge of the I-pad but is then unable to retrieve it since it inevitably drops slightly due to gravity.
Although an assistant can retrieve the wand and place it back in his mouth, this is a less than ideal procedure.
One requirement is that the wand, when stored should not interfere with his ability to view the I-pad screen, which means it should be outwith his direct line of vision. This further frustrates endeavours to recover it.
Because of intentional limitations in Apple’s I-pad design (it precludes the use of a mouse), a mouse or head switches does not appear to be a practical option.
Have an panels been involved with similar cases and if so how did they resolve the requirement?
Many thanks and kind regards
If you can help please contact Jack Rae at email@example.com .
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