Eyegaze technology gives people with complex disabilities and limited verbal communication the chance to use a computer to communicate or learn, just by using their eye movement. Now, with support from our donors, young people who we work with are getting the chance to play educational games, listen to music and much more.
Raihana has complex medical needs and disabilities. She attends school at Chailey and also lives with us year-round. Two years ago, she started using Eyegaze in school, but the computer she used was shared with up to 30 other children each week. Due to her medical needs, she was not always available at a specific time during the day, and so would often miss her time slot.
Thanks to the funding for this project, an Eyegaze computer is now available in her classroom, which she shares with a maximum of seven others, meaning that she can use it much more frequently. As her teacher, Helen, said “The impact on her progress has been quite significant. She has developed her concentration, broadened her range or learning activities and is also making choices.” Raihana is now using Eyegaze after school too. One of her favourites is a game that involves sweeping snow from the screen with a broom controlled by her eyes.
Nearly 50 young people who either live or go to school at Chailey are now making use of Eyegaze. Keep an eye out for more news of young people who, like Raihana, are enjoying the benefits of Eyegaze.
A huge thank you to all of our supporters who helped to make this possible including everyone who supported the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018; Sunninghill Construction; E3; Buxted Construction; The DM Thomas Foundation, The Richard Radcliffe Charitable Trust; The Alchemy Foundation; The Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust; Hays Travel Foundation; The Rotary Club of The Pantiles and individual donors.