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New high-tech device is making life easier for Zac

Zac Sorenson finds life a little easier with his new ECO2 speech generating device.
Zac Sorenson finds life a little easier with his new ECO2 speech generating device. Candyce Braithwaite

HE HAS a heart of gold, a passion for life and a will to learn something new each and every day.

Eighteen-year-old Zac Sorenson has Cerebral Palsy.

For the past few weeks Zac has been learning to use a new device that is improving the quality of his life.

It's called the ECO2 speech generating device.

For us to understand how the device works, Zac's mother Margaret explained it as a computer that lists symbols that represent words.

"It's a really great for Zac," she said.

"Each of the symbols either has a word or picture on them that help explain what he's trying to say.

"You can either read the sentence once he is done or you can have it so it reads out the words as he goes."

Zac using the computer during Camp Have a Chat to create a design for a shirt.
Zac using the computer during Camp Have a Chat to create a design for a shirt.

Zac said when he first saw a type of device like the ECO2 a few years ago he fell in love.

"I thought it looked cool," he said.

"I love technology and computers and it's easy to use.

"I can't wait to see what they bring out in the future."

Jen Campbell from the Cerebral Palsy League said the ECO2 device is changing the lives of families across Queensland.

"At the beginning of October kids from all over Queensland attended the Have a Chat Camp," she said.

"They had a chat by accessing the latest and most cutting edge communication devices.

"This included using speech generating devices, eye-gaze technology, laser head pointers, idevices and PODD books," she said.

Topics:  cerebral palsy technology



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