George M.

September 01, 2010

George M.

Corkie called Tom Jakobs (InvoTek) last night to say George suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. George enjoyed working with InvoTek and helping them test prototypes. All of us enjoyed working with George and will miss our friend. He was a gentle spirit that graciously and enthusiastically gave of his time and talent.

While we were not able to implement all of the project we had planned, we were able to involve George in new product development -- something that he thought was important -- and that required his unique gifts and insights as a person with disabilities. From that perspective, which is in many ways the most important perspective, we were successful. It is from our efforts with George and others in our community that Be Extraordinary™ was born. 

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Our first Be Extraordinary™ client was George. He had MS and good head control (he did not have control of his limbs). We tried using head tracking technology with George, but he didn't have much computer experience and found using a computer problematic from several perspectives.

We were fortunate because George lived 30 minutes away from InvoTek's offices. George trialed InvoTek's Safe-laser technology as an access method for controlling his TV. He was very successful using it. Given that George spent nearly all of his time in bed, he wanted more control over his TV, including the ability to record programs. He wanted to turn on and off the lights in his room, and adjust the ceiling fan speed.

We were able to get George a prototype of the Safe-laser System for daily use. He was able to change the channels when something lousy was on TV! ;-) He was looking forward to being able to record shows and control the lights. We were not able to implement these features before he died. Corkie and George participated in InvoTek's effort to develop new devices. After George's death, Corkie  worked and volunteered as our Be Extraordinary Client Advocate. Corkie left Be Extraordinary in December of 2011 to remarry.