A device to help her paint, made just for her

Ms Elaine Eng loves to paint but is unable to use her arms, legs and body due to a severe form of cerebral palsy. Thanks to a device called E-Canvas, Elaine can now do what she loves.
Ms Elaine Eng, who loves to paint, using the E-Canvas device that works by voice command. The 19-year-old, who has spastic-dystonic quadriplegia and is unable to use her arms, legs and body, paints by wielding a brush in her mouth. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOH
Ms Elaine Eng, who loves to paint, using the E-Canvas device that works by voice command. The 19-year-old, who has spastic-dystonic quadriplegia and is unable to use her arms, legs and body, paints by wielding a brush in her mouth. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Designed and built by GovTech team, voice-operated tech aid lets 19-year-old paint independently

Ms Elaine Eng is the youngest child among a set of quadruplets - three of whom have cerebral palsy. One has died and Ms Eng suffers from a severe form of the neurological disorder called spastic-dystonic quadriplegia.

Cerebral palsy affects a person's movements, muscle tone and coordination. Ms Eng is unable to control or use her arms, legs and body, and has to depend on others for almost every need.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2019, with the headline 'A device to help her paint, made just for her'. Print Edition | Subscribe