Anonymous cash donation helps disabled three-year-old’s dreams of communicating come true « Express & Star
The three-year-old, of Willenhall, has just started to use the pioneering Eye Gaze machine thanks to an amazing response from readers after an appeal in the Express & Star.
Her parents Kim Windsor, 30, and Ben Scott, 33, of Barmouth Close, Short Heath, said the £7,000 equipment arrived shortly before Christmas and that the family and her speech and language therapist underwent training in how to use it.
Miss Windsor said: “We had got just under half the money we needed with people giving us donations after seeing Lillie’s story in the paper. The online fundraising website had £900 in it one day from someone from America, then when we checked it again someone else had put £3,800 in it and that was enough. We couldn’t believe it.
“It was just amazing and we’re so grateful to everyone for what they gave us. We had people calling round to our street looking for us to hand us money.
“She has been using the Eye Gaze now for two weeks and is just getting used to it. It really made Christmas for us and we can see the difference in her reactions already. She is usually uncomfortable around new people, but already we’ve noticed she is calmer now.
“She is just getting used to understanding that she can use her eyes to power it and that process will probably take about six months before she will move on to the communication elements of it.”
Powered completely by her eyes, the computer will act as a communication device to allow her to talk, learn and play in much the same way as the gadget scientist Stephen Hawking has. And in the future the New Invention Nursery School pupil will be able to use it to do her school work and even use the internet.
The technology, made by Tobii, connects the user with a light that is shone from the screen into the user’s eye. When that light bounces back from the user’s eye it hits the screen directly where the user is looking, working in a similar way to a touch screen computer.
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