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Louth Student Awarded for Communication Aid for People with Cerebral Palsy

By UTV Ireland Staff, Dublin

Conor Begley is to receive a Rotary Young Citizen Award this week in recognition of his invention which assists those with disabilities.

He developed a device called QuickCom. It allows his aunt Fiona Begley – who has severe cerebral palsy and can’t speak – to communicate with people by touching her head against the back of her wheelchair.

The QuickCom piece of tech means Fiona can spell out words via a computer.

Conor explained the work behind the project to UTV Ireland: “It took a bit of practice. I started in the summer and worked through until October when I had the first prototype done and from there Fiona was telling me what she wanted.

She could then tell me what she wanted changed and improved.

The young student completed the first prototype in December and has been honing the technology ever since.

Read the full story here.

 

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