• bjordan08

Kerry's Story

Kerry S was diagnosed with MND in 2010, this lead to difficulties with his speech and the need for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Since discovering Predictable, he was been able to communicate again with his loved ones, professionals and friends. Before he was diagnosed with MND, Kerry was a carpenter site foreman, a job that he loved doing. He was also a scuba diver for 30 years and swam three times a week. He enjoyed playing Octopush (Underwater hockey) for many years - travelling to Holland and Europe to play tournaments.

Kerry's speech problems started with slurring. Kerry found people were unable to understand him over the phone, or in meetings for the contracts he was managing for work. He tried using pen and paper first. He then tried a LiteWriter, for face-to-face communication but found it "a bit outdated, cumbersome and difficult to operate." In 2011, Kerry was given funding from the Motor Neurone Disease Association and bought an iPad. He could use the app Proloquo2Go, which Kerry and his wife Kathy reported was good. However, with time, Kerry lost the use of his right hand, which meant he couldn't access the app on the iPad's touch screen. This had a big impact, and he could no longer talk to his wife of 37 years, Kathy, to explain his basic needs to his family or to the carers and therapy team which was essential in his day to day routine.