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By BELLA BATTLE

Published: 23 Jan 2012


LITTLE Joshua Lindley has become a modelling sensation — despite a disability which means he can only speak through a COMPUTER.


The schoolboy, six, has cerebral palsy quadriplegia and communicates via a special talking machine in a similar way to renowned physicist and Motor Neurone Disease sufferer Professor Steven Hawking.

The bright youngster is unable to speak, suffers severe mobility problems and spends much of his time in a wheelchair.

He is able to understand everything, but was unable to respond until his mum got him the personalised digital talking aid, complete with pictures of his friends, family and favourite foods.

Since getting the machine 18 months ago, Joshua’s confidence has soared as he is able to do things many people take for granted such as telling his mum what he wants for tea or what he wants to watch on TV.

Despite his condition, Joshua loves being the centre of attention and has carved out a successful career as a child model, featuring in catalogues, trade magazines and adverts.

Mum Joanne Kendall, 36, a housewife of Wakefield, West Yorks, said: “Josh understands but he just can’t speak so he knows what he wants to say but just can’t say it.

“Going into school, the frustration was evident. I want him to have a choice and make his own mind up. Even just for dinner, I’d have to go to the cupboard and point to try and give him a choice rather than just cooking something.

“I’m glad I got the machine now, it was definitely the right decision because we still don’t know if he’ll be able to speak and it’s really helped.

“It’s a smaller one than the one Steven Hawking has but it’s a bit different — it’s to assist with his speech rather than overtake it.



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