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Man's 'speech' back thanks to an iPad

Tom Whiteend

Published 18/02/2013 | 04:00

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A man who was left brain-damaged and paralysed after a vicious attack has been able to effectively communicate for the first time in 20 years.

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Kevin Beverley, from Barnsley, England, suffered life-changing injuries including broken bones and right-side paralysis and lost the ability to speak, meaning he could communicate only with noises and gestures.

Now, through the use of an iPad, his life has been transformed.

The 55-year-old, who attends the Carlton Centre run by the Disabilities Trust in his home town, has been able to tell staff about his likes and dislikes and ask for tea.

He does this simply by touching the screen to select letters to form words. At the end of the first day he typed the message: "It is so good to be able to speak again."

A spokesman for the trust said: "It's the first time he's been able to communicate for 20 years."

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