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Horizon: Finding a Voice


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Can you imagine the frustration of not being able to speak or write? For over 30 years Dick Boydell, a spastic, was in that position. Then a British invention, the Possum, allowed him to write using his foot; soon after, he was able to start work as a computer programmer.

Last year, for "Horizon", Dick made his first trip to America to try out some extraordinary new machines designed to give artificial, synthetic voices to the disabled. Operated by the tapping of a foot or the twitch of a muscle, they can open up a new world for the speechless. This is the story, told by Dick himself, of that moving, disturbing, yet often humorous journey to the Artificial Language Research Laboratory in Michigan, where some people are at last beginning to break out of the prison of silence.

'Astonishing and moving' (TIMES HEALTH SUPPLEMENT)
'An extraordinary piece of television' (NEW SCIENTIST)


Writer/subject: Dick Boydell
Director: Sheila Hayman
"Horizon" Editor: Graham Massey
Producer: Martin Freeth

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Horizon: Finding a Voice

BBC One London, 5 August 1982 22.50

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