As someone living with multiple sclerosis, Michael has been a Tecla user since 2014.
"The tablet is literally the control center of my entire life; I use it for all home automation functions. Without it, I would not have the independence that I now enjoy."
On why he was first drawn to Tecla:
As my multiple sclerosis progressed, I became quadriplegic. However, I could still use a chin-operated joystick so Tecla was the obvious interface to allow me to continue using my tablet computer.
The tablet is literally the control center of my entire life: apart from the obvious uses, I use my tablet for all home automation functions. Without it, I would not have the independence that I now enjoy.
On new hobbies and interests since using Tecla:
I am now able to do things that I have not been able to do for a while. As my last remaining arm was failing, I literally could not do these things, so it's a huge difference being able to do them with the Tecla Shield. For instance, using the Kindle app on my iPad, I am now able to read much more. Also, using the SSH app, I am now able to write computer code which had become virtually impossible before. Check out some of the assistive technology projects Michael has been working on.
On his safety and privacy:
For safety, it's a huge improvement because I am now able to call for help, whether it be text email or my phone app.
On the greatest change he's seen within himself since using Tecla:
I would say that being able to do so much more has made me emotionally much more positive.
On communicating with his friends and family:
Email and text are much easier than before and I am now able to Skype regularly with my family which makes a great difference – to my mother, as well as to me.