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Photo of Marie-France, diagnosed with ALS


In 1995, Marie-France, a mathematics lecturer at Paris VII University, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She is now almost entirely paralysed, unable to speak, and has had a tracheotomy, in order to breathe.

Read the story of Marie-France

Photo of Joe Barnick with his Mac


Joe Barnick was born with spinal muscular atrophy and cannot use a keyboard or mouse, yet thanks to assistive technology he can use his computer to do all those things he cannot do in real life.

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Photo of Tish Kerfoot using video interpretation service


Tish Kerfoot, who is deaf, says that SignVideo, a video interpretation service in the United Kingdom, has had a dramatic impact on her life.

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Photo of a blind user at the Adapted Technology Center for the Blind in Ethiopia


The adapted technology center for the blind was established in Addis Ababa to help the blind and the visually impaired take advantage of computer know-how and skills.

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