The Innovative Concept Behind Gleisons Keyboard
Due to complications in childbirth, Gleison Fernandes de Faria, known as Gleisinho, was born with cerebral palsy. This permanently compromised his fine motor skills, speech and balance.
Gleisinho studied at his towns Association of Friends and Parents of Disabled Children (APAE), in Itauna, Minas Gerais, Brasil and, as a high achiever, attended a regular high school. Fond of computers from a young age, Gleisinho decided to study Computer Science at the University of Itaúna, and he timely graduated.
Towards the end of his studies, during all of which he had been wearing a helmet fitted with a pointer to use the computer, Gleisinho decided to develop a more appropriate tool for people with similar functional limitations. From his early tests, many in the form of primitive keyboards, he finally reached a design which he presented as his term project, in the form of a device he named Combinatorial Iconographic Keyboard.