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Disability Profile - Cerebral Palsy

http://www.tobii.com/en/assistive-technology/global/disabilities/

My name is Alex Martin and I am reaching out to you because I noticed 
you have a lot of helpful information listed here 
http://www.broadenedhorizons.com/ for people who are caring for children 
with special needs. I am wondering if you would be interested in adding 
ViaCord (www.viacord.com <http://www.viacord.com>) to that list? They're 
spearheading research for cerebral palsy treatment with the umbilical 
cord blood cells they collect from newborns, and have a wealth of 
information on their site, including research details, that I encourage 
you to check out.

http://www.viacord.com/

Cerebral Palsy - With Assitive Technology devices and solutions from Tobii communication can be helped

The term “cerebral palsy” refers to any one of a number of non-progressive neurological disorders caused by damage to one or more areas of the brain, it usually occurs during the development of the foetus or during or shortly after birth. There are different types of cerebral palsy, some affect the ability to speak. Communication can be helped with Assistive Technology solutions from Tobii.

The damage to the brain means that the person affected is unable to fully control some of their muscles - in practice, this means that some people cannot walk or talk in the same way as most others. There are three main types of cerebral palsy, with some people affected by more than one of them.

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type and is characterized by stiff, jerky movements caused by tightness in muscles groups. Athetoid cerebral palsy involves involuntary purposeless movements which often interfere with speech, while ataxic cerebral palsy often affects balance and the ability to walk.

Tobii’s range of flexible Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) products helps those affected by cerebral palsy to communicate with the world around them. For example, Tobii’s state-of-the-art Assistive Technology devices such as the Tobii C12och C15 with  a CEye eye control unit give users the chance to build a communications package specifically tailored to their needs. After an initial calibration, the system reads the user’s patterns of eye movement to execute commands.

Just like the Assistive Technology device MyTobii P10 (now discontinued), the CEye performs with high levels of precision and has a unique ability to deal with large head movements, such as those that often occur in persons affected by cerebral palsy. The CEye can be combined with Tobii’s other market-leading AAC solutions to create a powerful speach and language packages for individuals with Cerebral Palsy.

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