In her first professional engagement, hugely talented client Becky Tyler gave a presentation in January on eye gaze gaming and Minecraft at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the Parallel Worlds video game design and culture conference.
16-year-old Becky, who was recently awarded interim settlement for her injury in the high court, told the conference that video gaming allowed her to compete on an even playing field despite her disability.
Becky, who lives with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, has used eye gaze technology to communicate for nearly 10 years. Her love of playing video games encouraged her to approach SpecialEffect, a UK charity helping people with disabilities to enjoy video games. She worked with the team there to help develop and test an eye gaze interface for the popular game Minecraft.
Presenting on stage at the V&A, Becky explained via eye gaze technology how video games make her feel less disabled and change other people's perception of disability. She said she hoped other games would soon become accessible to eye gaze users. Other presenters included designers from Microsoft, Framestore, Foam Sword and IO Interactive.
Fieldfisher's Jane Weakley, who represents Becky and her family in a medical negligence case against Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said that being able to give such a presentation, among some of the leading designers and game developers, was 'truly incredible'.
'Becky continues to amaze us all with her confidence and bravery. She has become a brilliant and inspirational ambassador not only for SpecialEffect and Tobii Dynavox eye-gaze technology but for people everywhere living with severe disability,' Jane said.
Following approval for interim settlement in the High Court last June after the trust acknowledged that mistakes had been made during Becky's birth, Jane, Becky and her mother Fiona appeared on BBC 2's Victoria Derbyshire show to talk about what it was like to live with cerebral palsy. A clip of Becky talking on the show has since received more than three million views.
Jane is now proceeding with settlement on behalf of Becky and her family.