In 2011, aged just 30, Alex was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND). MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurons, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means that messages gradually stop reaching muscles which leads to weakness and wasting. The disease can affect how people walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe.
ABTA LifeLine was delighted to help Alex by buying Eye Gaze technology to allow him to communicate effectively and retain his independence.
The technology allows Alex to use his computer at work and will provide an alternative system of communicating at work and at home when his speech deteriorates and it is difficult for others to understand him. It has made a significant difference to his life.
Alex said: ‘I’m so pleased with the equipment. The I-gaze technology will help prolong my career within TUI travel and help me at home. With the new equipment I will be able to complete my day to day tasks including reporting and communication to all parts of the business especially our overseas product delivery. I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to ABTA Life Line for the help and generosity in supporting me and my future.’