Lost Voice Guy – Mute Comedian

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Lee Ridley a BBC Radio New Comedy award winner, also known as, Lost Voice Guy. Lee was born in the town of Consett in County Durham, England. He earned his nickname and stage name, the Lost Voice Guy, due to his disability. Lee was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to speak. Lee began performing stand-up comedy in 2012, performing all over the UK at local places like The Stand, Manford’s Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store as well as many independent clubs. In 2013, Lee had his first solo debut show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has performed there every year. In addition to stand up, Lee has also acted and made several appearances on different radio and television shows, for example, BBC Ones’s “The One Show”. When he is on stage performing he programs his routine within a voice synthesizer on his tablet called Speak It. He then selects different jokes based on the audience reaction. From time to time Lee improvises new jokes on stage, entering the joke into the synthesizer in real time. As for day to day, Lee uses a Lightwriter to speak. You can view some of Lost Voice Guy work on his Showreel page.

OrCam My Eye 2.0

OrCam My Eye 2.0

OrCam My Eye 2.0 is a small device that sits on the side of a pair of glasses. It’s light in weight and about the length of a stick of gum, with easy connection to the frame of the glasses. The OrCam My Eye 2.0 is meant for anyone who is blind or visibly impaired. It has a 13-megapixel camera that takes a picture and relays the information back to the user. The device can read text from books, documents, or even a menu for users. It can also recognize known and unknown faces for the user. For example, if it’s someone you know, it will let say the person’s name. If it’s someone you do not know, it will either say a “man” or “woman” is in front of you.  My Eye 2.0 can also identify products and read barcodes for users when shopping. A few other features of the OrCam include color detection and the ability to recognize money. My Eye 2.0 can connect to your phone securely; it does not save any information onto your phone, and forgets the information after it’s been relayed.

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To learn more about the OrCam My Eye 2.0 ,you can visit OrCam.

Grid Pad Pro

The Grid Pad Pro is a powerful device with a range of communication aids that are packed with features. The Grid Pad Pro has high-quality audio, multiple access options, and our servus environment control. The Grid Pad Pro is available in an 11”, 13”, and 18” versions and can be used as a portable device or mounted on a wheelchair.

The Grid Pad has easy access by using a responsive touch screen. You can also use specific key guards that will suit your needs. The Grid Pad Pro also comes with two switch ports and the option for wireless switch input using wireless Joycable accessories. The headphone socket will split the sound ready for auditory scanning. There are also two spare USB ports that allows for other alternative access devices to be used with the Grid Pad Pro, like a head mouse, joystick, or Brainfingers.

The Grid Pad Pro provides a complete AAC solution for people communicating with symbols, text, or a combination of both. It does have other features such as Computer Control, a complete suite of accessible apps, interactive learning resources, and access to the online grid portal. Updates and resources are simple when trying to edit or add something new to the grid such as cells or downloading a whole new grid set, which can all be done through your device. The grid can also be used to replace the remote controls that normally operate TV, music centers, and other systems that maybe similar.

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To learn more about The Grid Pad, you can visit Thinksmartbox.com where you can speak to local dealers about getting the Grid or for more information about the Grid Pad.


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Shaquem Griffin was selected as the 141st overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2018 NFL draft. The 22 year old football player has a twin brother named Shaquill, who had been drafted in the 2017 NFL draft and currently playing the quarter back position for the Seattle Seahawks. Being born minutes apart from each other, Shaquem and Shaquill spent most of their lives together. They both attended the University of Central Florida who accepted them as a package deal on their football roster team. As they both grew up together and spent the majority of their lives living in one another shoes, there was always that one thing that separated the brothers. Shaquem was born with amniotic band syndrome. His diagnosis caused the stunted development of the appendage which led to unbearable pain. The result of that was at the age of 4, Shaquem had no choice but to amputate his left hand.

Being on the side of the fence with a disadvantage, Shaquem never let the negative thoughts run through his mind that the odds were against him, with the encouragement of his brother always reminding him “I continued to tell him,” Shaquill said, “it was a one percent chance that this could actually happen.” Shaquem got to the NFL combine where prospect athletes showcase their skills and talents for NFL scout recruiters.

Shaquem, using a prosthetic hand, bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times, a full three more reps than Shaquill had one year earlier. Also tied with his twin brother by running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds, which holds the record for the fastest time for a linebacker at the combine since 2003.