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December 15, 2003

All Lewis wanted for Christmas

From: Kettering Evening Telegraph - Dec 15, 2003

A BLIND and partially deaf boy says a life-changing computer is the best Christmas present he could wish for.
Lewis Crack, 14, has been blind and partially deaf since he was born 28 weeks prematurely along with his twin sister Kirstie, who was left shortsighted.
But he has now been given £6,000 worth of computer equipment by the Rotary Club of Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, which could change his life.
Mum Sharon Crack said: "It's an amazing piece of equipment. Lewis was on such a high when he got it.
"He said it was the best present he could ever have."
Lewis attends Ise Community College near his home in Deeble Road. He already has a special computer, but has always needed help with his homework and checking his e-mails.
The new kit, including a printer, scanner and Braille display, will give Lewis the independence of any other 14-year-old boy.
Mrs Crack said: "When Lewis is typing it comes up at the bottom of his keypad in Braille.
"Boys of his age don't want their mums leaning over their shoulder, so now he has his privacy. It's amazing – the only thing we have to do now is learn how to operate it."
The Cambridgeshire-based Rotary Club wanted to help a youngster in education and was put in touch with Lewis and his family by Deafblind UK.
Steve Unwin of the organisation said: "It will open up a whole new world for him. "It was a delight to see his face light up."

© 2003 Kettering Evening Telegraph