Kincardine teen receives new technology to communicate
Mike Hackett (L) of MTC Computers, Erin McDonald of Meridian Credit Union, and Linda Marak of Community Living of Kincardine and District, pose with Keith Creighton of Kincardine who will receive a new computer system to help him communicate
photo and article courtesy of Linda Marak
Christmas has come early to a young man in the Kincardine community.
Keith Creighton, 18, who has recently moved with his family to Kincardine from Tiverton, has just received confirmation that he will be receiving an EagleEyes System from The Opportunity Foundation of America.
This non-profit foundation’s vision is “to improve the quality of life for children and adults with severe physical disabilities, and their families, through recreation, communication and education.”
Keith, who was born with cerebral palsy and has never been able to walk, talk, or even use his hands efficiently, will be given the opportunity through this new technology to use a computer to communicate with his family and friends.
EagleEyes is an innovative eye-controlled technology developed by Professor James Gips at Boston College. It helps individuals with profound physical disabilities to interact and learn by using a computer.
“I happened upon this rather unknown technology while doing an Internet search to find something out there that could help Keith to interact more with the world around him,” said Linda Marak, family support co-ordinator at Community Living of Kincardine and District.
“I filled in an on-line application for an EagleEyes system on behalf of Keith and heard back from the foundation that same day! It was very exciting. It is our hope now that Keith’s life will be enhanced through self-directed recreational opportunities such as eye-controlled video games, but even more so by learning to use this technology to communicate clearly his thoughts and wishes.”
An EagleEyes trainer will be arriving in early December from Salt Lake City, Utah, to train Keith, his family and workers to use this new technology.
Appreciation goes to Meridian Credit Union for donating the funds to cover the two-day training fee as well as the airfare, meals and accommodation for the trainer to come to Kincardine, and to MTC Computers for donating a laptop computer for Keith to use with his EagleEyes system.