Claire, who has cerebral palsy, is studying physics at Imperial College. She uses a ruggedized tablet computer that she accesses with a joystick and switch. The computer enables her to send and receive text messages – essential for coordinating a busy student social life! Although she often relies upon her own speech, she uses synthesised speech as a backup, or when she is giving talks or presentations. During tutorials, Claire’s Study Assistant writes notes onto a DigiMemo that can be shared amongst other students. Interestingly, Claire’s Tutor finds that the students engage much more with Claire’s assistive technology than with the conventional whiteboard that they had all found a bit daunting! Claire has been a high flyer throughout her academic career and has aspirations to pursue a PhD.
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