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Scots disabled kids get computer gift

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Evening Times. Glasgow (UK)
May 23, 2005. pg. 7

PIONEERING technology which will allow severely disabled children to communicate fully for the first time has been gifted to a Scottish school.

The Craighalbert Centre in Lanarkshire is one of only four special schools in the world to be given the new equipment, developed by American scientists.

The system allows children to control use a computer by controlling the cursor with eye movements.

Staff at the Craighalbert Centre, Scotland's national centre for young children with cerebral palsy, hope the EagleEyes technology will allow their most severely disabled kids.

Jill Sinclair, fundraising manager at the centre near Cumbernauld, said: "We always try to communicate with our children, even if it's just yes and no answers.

"But this technology will allow our children to construct words and to say much more.

"It's a fantastic piece of technology for us to have."

The Craighalbert Centre was chosen to get EaglesEyes thanks to its relationship with American Debbie Inkley, now the chief executive of the Opportunities Foundation of American.

She had visited the centre years ago while working with Morgan Stanley, who sponsor it.

When her foundation began working with EagleEyes creator Jim Gips to fund production, she asked that one set be sent to the centre.

Credit: Newsquest Media Group