Flow­er­ing talent puts it down to his iPad app

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JONATHAN KAL­MUS

A SAL­FORD 22-year-old with pro­found speech im­ped­i­ments who has learned to com­mu­ni­cate us­ing an iPad has won a string of awards for his hor­ti­cul­tural work.

Moishy Has­sell, who at­tends Lang­don Col­lege, had found it im­pos­si­ble to com­mu­ni­cate with any­one out­side of fam­ily and close ac­quain­tances.

But a spe­cial iPad app which al­lows him to main­tain a work place­ment at a gar­den cen­tre — and even tell people what he wants for lunch — has changed his life.

Mr Has­sell won a re­gional gar­den­ing ac­co­lade for his work with pot plants at a spe­cial needs award cer­e­mony and was this week p r e s e n t e d wi t h Lang­don’s an­nual award for progress. He re­sponded with a speech, us­ing his iPad, to 160 guests.

Lang­don’s ed­u­ca­tion head Chris­tine Eng­land said: “Moishy has gone from re­ally not hav­ing any so­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion or in­de­pen­dence to mak­ing friends and us­ing a de­vice which takes him into the out­side world. He goes shop­ping, to work ex­pe­ri­ence, to the gym.

“We dis­cov­ered he’s quite a co­me­dian. That’s come out be­cause he can now com­mu­ni­cate. It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent life and we are very proud of him.”

His mother, Ju­dith, said: “We are de­lighted be­cause he has a lot of ill­nesses and only half his hear­ing and sight. He’s been keep­ing cheer­ful and catch­ing up with life and ac­com­plish­ing. Lang­don has been mar­vel­lous.”

‘It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent life and we are proud of him’

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