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First broadcast:
Monday 15 March 2010

For more than 20 years, the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking who suffers from motor-neurone disease has relied on an electronic voice to communicate with the outside world. Sam Blackburn demonstrates the technology behind his computerised voice.

Geoff Adams-Spink visits a demonstration in Germany of technology to integrate home appliances for those of us needing care around the house - where all the facilities can be controlled through a television and a handy avatar.

The BBC correspondent Gary O'Donoghue who has been blind since he was eight years old, describes his use of a computerised Braille system for reading.

An experiment in Thailand provides people with disabilities an opportunity to use the internet for the first time.

And a unique blogging project in Russia shines a light on the life of disabled people.


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    Sam Blackburn, carer for the world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, demonstrates the technology he invented to allow the scientist - who has motor neurone disease - to talk to the world.

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