Communication, with plenty of laughter, lightens ALS experience

By: on November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Patti Murphy Like the funky music videos he produces through the movements of his eyes, Kip Jackson’s sense of humor is outrageous—in a good way. It always was, says his sister Julie Nichols, recalling times when she lived away from Arkansas, their home state. Kip, 11 years younger, came to visit. He kept her… Read more

Georgia Brothers On the Road to Communication

By: on October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Patti Murphy Eight-year-old James Ellerbee III likes to go for rides in the country, so much so that his mother likes to call one of his favorite roads “James’ Way.” James is also a fan of survival video games and his face lights up when he sees Moose A. Moose, the mascot for the… Read more

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

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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 | 1 Comment

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

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