Communication is awesome for seasoned author, artist and athlete

By: on June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Patti Murphy                 It is almost the end of June and Christopher Viau is already having an awesome summer. Earlier this month, the Evanston, IL resident released his second book of poetry. Entitled “Being in Harmony with Nature” and featuring his own illustrations, it is a sweet… Read more

For New Mexico cyclist facing ALS, life remains all about living—and giving

By: on June 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Patti Murphy               Doug Schneebeck is feeling the power of summer. That emotion, no doubt, will peak at the 2015 Oso High Mountain Bike Race June 7 in the picturesque Rocky Mountain village of Angel Fire, NM. The first U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team member with ALS, Doug, 54,… Read more

Eye-gaze communication “best decision ever” for Illinois teen

By: on May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Patti Murphy                 Kylie Bryant (“Kye” to her friends) would probably shout from a mountaintop how she loves her new voice. Just a year ago, she had no idea she would feel that kind of enthusiasm for an augmentative and alternative communication device she worked simply by… Read more

Making Your Classroom Autism-Friendly

By: on April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students with autism can benefit from an educational environment that is set up to assist them with the types of challenges they face. There are a few minor changes you can implement to make your classroom an optimum learning environment for a student with autism. Some of these changes consist of furniture arrangement and lighting,… Read more

Countdown to Camp

By: on March 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let the countdown begin! Many young folks we know will be off to camp before we know it. They’ll learn, have fun and spend quality time with others who, like them, benefit from AAC, speech, language and/or literacy interventions. Here are descriptions of camps taking place during 2015 to help families with the planning.  … Read more

Music Education ROCKS!

By: on March 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

March is Music in Our School Month!                 Did you know that music has many positive effects on students? Here are just a few– Music boosts brain power – It stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development. It improves memory –… Read more

Living Well, Speaking Up and Lovin’ Every Day

By: on February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Patti Murphy From what Tonia Green tells us, life is treating her quite well.               “I like me,” said Tonia, 46, who lives in the Bronx and seems to be up for whatever each day presents—the fun, the serious and everything in between. She likes being out and… Read more

How Cool Are These Gift Ideas?

By: on December 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Patti Murphy Gift-giving practices say a lot about the givers and the recipients. Often equally telling are the stories of those who create the gifts, like the inspiring artists and authors you will meet in this blog post. While their work is important in the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and disability communities, it… Read more

Need Good AAC Answers? Ask the User!

By: on October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The best augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solution varies from person to person.               Ryan Carter knows that firsthand. Through his role with the Tobii Assistive Technology Ask the User project, he helps others find good AAC solutions. Since the project’s inception in January, he has responded faithfully to… Read more

Boardmaker Online: A New Era of Timeless Excellence

By: on August 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

By Patti Murphy Meet the board makers of yesterday, today and tomorrow.                     Parents who created picture communication books that their children used for self-expression.  The ongoing process involved photocopying multiple pages of Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) to keep the book, or binder, current with the… Read more

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