In 2012 Hawking was presented with AbilityNet's Tech4Good Special Award for the way that he embraced technology to enable him to keep working, despite his worsening condition. He is remembered in this piece.
Expert Resources: MND
These are the items that relate to MND found on the AbilityNet website. They may be factsheets, webinars, news stories, blog posts or reports.
Blog Post | Mar 2018
Blog Post | Jun 2016
The experts at the MND Association and AbilityNet, we've answered some Frequently Asked Questions / FAQs for people who have MND and want to get the best from technology for communications.
Blog Post | Jun 2016
Motor Neurone Disease is also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease (after an American baseball player). It affects the muscles in your body causing them to be weak. There is no known cure for this condition, but symptoms can be managed to help people to achieve the best possible quality of life. This blog has been written to coincide with MND Awareness Month which runs throughout June.
Factsheet | Jan 2016
This factsheet provides an overview of how you can control computers, tablets and smartphones with your voice. Communication technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and using voice recognition software to dictate to and control your computer has now become an increasingly attractive and practical proposition for many different users.
Blog Post | Jan 2016
For those with long-term health conditions, DSAs can be a lifeline, writes Jess, a sufferer of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) who blogs about her experiences.
Blog Post | Mar 2015
If you had told me in 1985 that by the year 2015 you could control your computer just by using your voice I would have looked at you in a very strange way. But in 2015 it’s no fantasy, and voice control is a very valuable tool for people with a range of disabilities and impairments.
Blog Post | Sep 2013
Prof. Stephen Hawking is one of the most recognisable people on the planet, partly because of his synthesised speech. As well as featuring in the Opening Ceremony at the London Olympics he's so famous that he's played himself in The Simpsons four times! But what is the technology behind that voice? AbilityNet's Head of Digital Inclusion Robin Christopherson looks at how Professor Hawking controls his computer, as well as some of the advances that are on the horizon which may help him continue to push the boundaries of scientific thinking.
Blog Post | May 2013
As part of our Look No Hands! Campaign this blog looks at Motor Neurone Disease and what assistive technology can be life changing for people with MND.
Factsheet | Jun 2012
What is a Communication Aid? If your speech is unclear or you have no speech at all then a computer can help you be understood. A communication aid is anything that helps an individual communicate more effectively with those around them. This could range from a simple letter board to a more sophisticated piece of electronic equipment. This factsheet tells you about the many options available and some of the tools that can help.