Ned Cullen - E-Tran Frame User

My name is Ned Cullen, I was diagnosed with MND 16 years ago. I lost my ability to speak about 11 years ago which impacted on my life incredibly. Prior to losing my ‘voice’ my SALT gave me a Liberator E-Tran Communication Frame (we call it the board) knowing the inevitable deterioration in my speech. The board lived in the bottom of my wardrobe until I finally needed it.

I use the board to live my everyday life - it is a critical item which I could not do without. It gives me the ability to remain as an individual person, able to express my wishes, needs, feelings just as though I had not lost my ‘voice’. I have used and tried various eye gaze systems and other electronic communication devices but none are as quick, portable, durable and probably most importantly face-to-face with the person I am talking to. The board does not require batteries, it works in all environments and with some basic training anyone can use it. The importance of communication cannot be overstated - the board gives me the ability to communicate to everyone around me.

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