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Disability Profile - Stroke / Aphasia


Stroke/Aphasia - With Assitive Technology devices and solutions from Tobii communication can be helped

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is obstructed, cutting off the supply of oxygen and damaging brain tissue. A stroke could cause aphasia which can affect the ability to speak. With Assitive Technology devices and solutions from Tobii communication can be helped.

When a stroke occurs, the abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost- some only experience minor problems such as weakness in an arm or leg, whereas others can be paralyzed or lose the ability to speak.

Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain responsible for language. Signs of the disorder include difficulty in expressing oneself when speaking, trouble understanding speech, and difficulty with reading and writing

Tobii’s augmentative communications solutions can help users overcome some of the communications difficulties caused by strokes, or aphasia, and allow them to remain in two-way contact with the world around them. Different Assitive Technology devices and solutions such as head tracking and eye gaze devices allow users to control their communications aids, allowing them to express their thoughts and giving them independence.

Users can surf the web, send e-mails and text messages, and use social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter. The Tobii assistive technology device becomes the “voice”, articulating your thoughts and opinions.

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