User Stories

Meet the people whose lives we've changed

Our goal is to make a difference in our client's lives. Here are some real stories of how Forbes AAC devices helped change the quality of life for these users.

Frank R.

Winslate with Enable Eyes™ user

We would like to introduce our new friend Frank R. He is a courageous veteran battling ALS that we connected with through the Atlanta VA. He and his wife, Terry, chose the WinSlate 12 with EnableEyes for his and their communication needs. Frank’s device was set up for text-to-speech communication, emailing, texting and phone conversation and helped Frank communicate with his family and friends. Right now, he is in the process of making frequently used phrases and sentences that he will often use, such as hungry, thirsty, bathroom, pain, itch, etc. 

 

Our happy staff, who may not be the best selfie takers—were able to program his remote for a Smart TV so that he can control it to make Roku selections. Our crew also set up a wheelchair mount so that the WinSlate can be with him on his Powerchair and set up a rolling floor mount so that he can utilize the device in bed as well. That made Frank smile.

Joe K.

Winslate with Adapta module user

Say ‘hello’ to the star of our new WinSlate promotional video "Making Life Possible", Joe K. He has been diagnosed with the onset of ALS and never afraid of a fight, this veteran needed an adaptable device that could be easily modified to meet his needs as his condition progresses.

Joe uses the WinSlate with the Adapta multi-port module that has built in IR capabilities to do everything he needs; like getting the door for his wife, changing the channel, or playing a movie to emailing, phone and texting. His WinSlate is super portable, going from the tabletop to the wheelchair mount with ease. It can be fitted with the optional EnableEyes eye tracking module when the need arises. When his family members are in other rooms around the house, he speaks to them using the SoundPod wearable and portable speaker. Joe also takes advantage of the XTNDR Battery Pack which keeps his WinSlate going and going.

With his fortitude and drive Joe is even taking college courses to understand what he can expect with ALS and the treatments. He is quite inspiring to us all!

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Natalee D.

Winslate with Enable Eyes™ user

Natalee was a perfect candidate for the WinSlate with the EnableEyes eye tracking module! When she was visited by our staff for her fitting, she was positioned in her chair and the device mounted appropriately. Being the trooper she is, Natalee knew she was in control of the toys as soon as the session started. The robot, used in the session, was placed on the table with her at an angle so she could see both the screen of the WinSlate as well as the toy.

Amazingly, this was the first time she was exposed to her own device since her evaluation. She was choosing an action or command on the screen and after she heard it 'read', she would immediately take her gaze from the device to the toy. When the toy stopped, she then would go right back and choose a new command!

Natalee was also looking back and forth between her mom, and truly having a blast! She was smiling and laughing and most importantly, she was loving it! Natalee will have a great future and many more successes with her WinSlate and we are thrilled to have her as a user.

Kyran M.

Winslate 12D with Enable Eyes™ user

This is our new friend Kyran. He has a new WinSlate with the Adapta multifunctional port due to his low intelligibility when he speaks. Kyran is verbal, you just cannot understand what he is saying due to his condition.

Kyran was already a real pro at utilizing his head array to control his power wheelchair, so all involved were very confident he would pick up on using the Winslate quickly! And everybody was right! He first was exposed to accessing the device using 2-step switch scanning with switches placed at both his right and left temples. Using his great head control, Kyran immediately began to show just how smart he is by navigating across a standard keyboard on the screen to type out his name, his therapist’s name, and various words/phrases by using the switch on his right side to scan through the letters then selecting his target with the switch on his left.

It was obvious how proud he was of himself by the smile plastered across his face! Following the switch scanning, he enjoyed trialing a different access method, eye tracking. Kyran was then introduced to controlling the Winslate with his eyes using the EnableEyes module. Again, he quickly figured this out and was navigating through multiple page sets with ease, engaging with interactive games, and making requests. We look forward to hearing about his progress and successes with the WinSlate for years to come!

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Carrie L.

WinSlate 12™ user

​Meet Carrie, she is an attorney in Colorado and Forbes AAC WinSlate 12 user. In a courtroom setting she utilizes TextTalker on her WinSlate. Carrie started using her AAC device a few months ago due to a progression with her disability.

 

She uses TextTalker on her Winslate and recently, Carrie presented an oral argument before a three judge panel of an appeals court. She mentioned "the judges were a bit unsettled with the AAC device, but eased up toward the end of the argument". Carrie's grid for the argument was based off of a Fast Talker grid, and modified with some Text Talker elements.

The good news; with Carrie's hard work and WinSlate at hand, she was pleased to share that she won on behalf of her client! Click here to see Carrie in action.

Mr. L.

Winslate 12D with Enable Eyes™ user

Mr. L. is ‘one tough customer’ - this inspiring veteran has kept his fantastic sense of humor and remained upbeat throughout his journey with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. Mr. L. uses the Forbes AAC system made up of the WinSlate 12 with the Enable Eyes, a state-of-the-art eye tracking device with superior motion tolerance. He has been using this system since 2016.

To make full and easy use of his device, Mr. L. utilizes a custom designed wheelchair mounting system provided by Forbes AAC.

Using Mr. L.’s ability to look at the screen and blink, he ‘speaks’ with his device. He loves to joke, converse and tell stories to his care givers and loved ones with simple eye movements.

We salute you Mr. L., you are truly an inspiration!

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Mr. D.

Winslate 12D with Enable Eyes™ user

Mr. D. originally hails from the great state of New Jersey, where he still has many family and friends. After he was diagnosed with ALS, Mr. D quickly lost use of his speech; he has been using the WinSlate 12 with Enable Eyes for communication since 2018.

 

A custom designed wheelchair mount system from Forbes AAC keeps his device in the perfect position and allows him easy access in and out for the chair.

He loves to tell jokes and always has a kind word for everyone - and in true Italian fashion, always offers you food when you visit!  Forbes AAC’s EnableEyes module allows Mr. D. to type on his device’s predictive keyboard or select pre-stored messages simply by looking at buttons on the screen. An application also pairs Mr. D.’s cell phone to the WinSlate, allowing him to call and text anyone using only his eyes!

Taylor D.

ProSlate 4D™ user

This photo of Taylor shows her as a contestant in the Miss Amazing Pageant, a program for girls and women with disabilities that started in 2007. Her ProSlate™ AAC device was an integral part of her interview process with the judges.

 

Taylor has Autism and is nonverbal. She has used many types of AAC devices, but her ProSlate 4D is the first device that she has loved because of its lightweight feel and smartphone appearance. As Taylor says, "the innovative SoundPOD™ speaker is so versatile," because she can remove it from her device while playing games or just chatting, and the easily adjustable volume saves time conversing. The ProSlate 4D has helped Taylor participate in all types of social settings and everyday conversation, and her vocabulary is constantly increasing. Her mother loves when Taylor approaches her to put in new words. "The ProSlate 4D has made a huge difference in her wanting to communicate with others," her mother says.

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Anthony L.

Winslate 12D with Enable Eyes™ user

In his own words, here is Anthony's story:

"Living with this disease has been a challenge, to say the least. ALS is a prison, and I felt the walls closing in as I gradually lost the ability to communicate with my family and friends. Thanks to Forbes AAC, I've broken out of that prison. Using Enable Eyes with my WinSlate 12D, I'm able to effectively communicate and stay engaged with my family and community. I can keep in touch through email and social media. I can blog, play games, and surf the web. Anything someone can do with a mouse, I can do with my eyes. The technology is amazing, and the people at Forbes have been amazing too. It's way more than a communication device, it's my link to the outside world. it's my freedom."