Technology helps paralyzed LSU coach

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 6:45pm

From the lights to his musical playlist, technology is making life a little bit easier for Chico Garcia.

"I knew right then and there this is what I needed and for people like me that are not independent, but could be with iPad or iPhone," said Garcia.

The more user-friendly, the better, as Garcia remains in a wheelchair since a boating accident last year left him paralyzed. The former LSU cheerleader is still very active though, as he is now a cheerleading coach. And the new software being installed in his home and controlled through his iPad will help with his independence.

"Basically controls my entire house," Garcia said. "From window shades, to fireplace, to garage door, opening the front door."

After a chance encounter with the team from the Bayou Technology Group, plans were made to bring the ease of convenience, comfort and control to Garcia's home.

"We knew it then and there," Stephen Davenport said, with Bayou Technology Group. "We definitely had something to help him out."

With the help of his mouth-stick to interact with the iPad's touch screen, Chico is able to even control the thermostat. Installation is already complete on his television, so he can again enjoy the everyday benefits that so many take for granted.

"With this I never have to ask to turn it up or down," Garcia said. "I have control of my living room."

Bayou Technology was able to install all the software thanks to donations that came into the Web page cheeringforchico.com. Chico still has lot of medical bills to pay for, so donations are still being accepted at that site.

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