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Tech company helps independent living
A COMPANY that makes technology to help people with disabilities to live more independently is celebrating its 15th birthday.
Assistive Control, which employs five people at Bruff Business Centre, Suckley, near Malvern, wants to mark the occasion by increasing sales of its products.
The firm has successfully brought to market Typeassist, a computer-based communication aid for disabled people who cannot use a standard keyboard.
It is proving extremely popular with people with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries or degenerative conditions such as motor neurone disease. Director Kate Browne said: “We spent many years developing the software to make Typeassist possible and are delighted to see it make a difference to so many lives. The patented typing system replaces the traditional keyboard with 16 large touchscreen cells and state-of-the-art word prediction to ensure fast typing and speech output. Our technology is ready to use straight from the box, making it straightforward to operate for the user, their family and carers.”
The company has been supported by the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s New Product Gateway programme.
“The package of support we’ve received has been fantastic and it has helped us build a business that has the potential to make a real difference to thousands of people across the world,” said Dr Marc Beale, a fellow director of the firm and one of the UK’s leading experts on assistive technologies.
“We’ve proved we can create products that work and are continually looking at new concepts.”
In the autumn, the company will launch its second product, Helpmate, to provide the user with access to music, DVDs, books and photos.
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