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Unfortunately my mother got a lot of issues communicating because of her Parkinson’s disease. Her motor is affected such that she can hardly control her arms and fingers. On top of that the neurological disorder affects her speaking abilities as well so she is very hard to hear and understand. Through this combination she is living more or less in isolation.

We couldn’t find any suitable, available, communication tools, thats why I developed an iPad/iPhone application with which she can still create, write and send small messages /words given her minimal capabilities.*

As this app is very useful to helping my mother, it could also be very useful to help others too. Thats why I uploaded the ‘app’ in the (Apple) appstore and it can be downloaded and used for free. The app is called ‘ISay’ and can be found easiest using the same name in the appstore.

ISay
‘ISay’ comes with a special designed keyboard to be used by people with limited motor control (e.g. trembling / slow moving). Where a regular keyboard produces multiple letters in case of trembling, or no letter in case of too slow removal, this application will support in those cases. As it is an app, it is easy to carry this supporting tool with you, simply by bringing your iPad / iPhone.*

The application has been kept very simple and self explanatory. It uses a 9-button A-Z, 0-9 keyboard (instead of regular QWERTY) so that also with someonel assisting you it is easy to create a message (supporter indicates letters, MND patient confirms). Besides this keyboard also a 3-button keyboard is made available for those people have even more serious motor impact. Every word/message is automatically archived and can be easily retrieved for later (re-)use.

An activation time on the buttons can be set to avoid people with trembling fingers/hands making multiple presses.

The app can also be used to send messages (using SMS / iMessage) if needed.

I hope this application can help you too, just like it helps my mother.
 
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