A 55-year old man from South Yorkshire in Britain who was left brain damaged following an assault more than 20 years ago managed to 'speak' his first words with the help of Apple's iPad.
Kevin Beverley was involved in an attack that left him with broken bones and severe brain damage with his right side paralyzed. He also lost his ability to speak which meant that he spent over two decades communicating only through gestures and noises.
Beverley has now learnt to manipulate iPad and is able to select words or sentences which are then converted into an audible, allowing him to communicate with others through a voice. The 55-year old typed out his first message on the first day of using the device and said, "It is so good to be able to speak again."
Beverley attended the Carlton Centre in Barnsley, which is run by the Disabilities Trust, and the organization is delighted with the results. "It was an amazing result - Kevin had a voice to speak with. It is the first time he has been able to communicate with people in an effective manner for well over 20 years", a spokesman for the trust said.