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dukeTHE Duke of Kent found out how technology is continuing to help disabled people in all kinds of ways – including experiencing first-hand what it’s like to drive a virtual car using eye-tracking technology . . . and having a good old friendly chat!

Jamie Preece, aged 39, who has cerebral palsy and who is unable to communicate verbally, met the Duke during a special Royal visit to the Stockport-based Aidis Trust, which provides free computer support and advice for disabled children and adults.

Using an electronic communication aid, Jamie told the Duke:

“This technology has truly changed my life. It’s allowed me to do things I couldn’t have dreamed of.”

Jamie went on to say how, through Aidis’ support, he’s been able to learn to read and write, make telephone calls, and now has the confidence to go out on his own as he is able to interact more easily with people – something he found impossible to do before.

The Duke has been patron of the charity for 24 years.

Julian Lee, CEO at Aidis Trust, said: “We were delighted to be able to show the Duke of Kent first-hand the difference our charity is making locally and across the country, thanks to the generosity of the public, grant giving organisations and other charities.”

Aidis Helpline: 0808 800 0009

www.aidis.org