iPhone app lets disabled child ‘talk’ to her parents

May 10, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

The father of a severely disabled girl who cannot speak has given her a ‘voice’ for the first time – by creating an iPhone app.

Proud father Martin Brooks, 42, became increasingly frustrated at not being able to understand what his five-year-old daughter Mia Brooks wanted.

Bright Mia was deprived of oxygen for at birth causing her to develop Cerebral Palsy which has left her unable to walk or talk.

The courageous tot used eye pointing and picture cards to try to indicate to her dad Martin and mum Sarah Phelan, 42, what she wanted

But after seeing the Apple Store slogan ‘’Apps for Everything’’ savvy Martin decided to develop an app that would help her.

The inspired dad came up with the iComm which allows Mia to point to pictures on the iPhone screen using her eyes to show what she wants to do.

And the clever app allows users to upload their own pictures of themselves, of friends, of their favourite foods and activities so that they can instantly recognise and connect with the images.

The app was created for children with severe communication difficulties like Mia, or children suffering form autism.

Martin has received emails of thanks from parents of disabled children around the world who are overjoyed at the new freedom of expression the application allows.

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