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 | 0 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

“Stay strong, and focus on the game.”

By: on July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

          Stephen Murray is a Professional BMX Rider. In June 2007, when Stephen was 27, he broke his neck while attempting his signature double backflip and sustained from a severe spinal cord injury (SCI). Stephen was left completely paralyzed from the neck down. He says, “BMX was a massive way of… Read more

“One Single Voice”, Many Things to Tell

By: on July 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Patti Murphy   Our longtime friend Sara Pyszka told me she had major opening night butterflies during our conversation before the premiere of “One Single Voice” last week. The one-act, two-woman autobiographical musical she wrote with Grammy-winning composer Lucas Richman had its theatrical debut on July 9th at The Woodlands Foundation in Wexford, PA… Read more

Teen Becoming His Own Person While DynaVox T10 Lets His Voice Take Shape

By: on June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

 By Patti Murphy                   Like most 16-year-olds, Kreed is an independent thinker. He enjoys having choices, and the freedom to express his likes and dislikes, whether the subject is food, entertainment, or how he wants to spend the weekend. Until recently, however, he could not communicate those… Read more

For Rick Hohn: A retirement tribute for our faithful friend

By: on June 16, 2014 | 3 Comments

By Patti Murphy               It may seem that Rick Hohn started out with 2 ½ strikes against him when he entered the world 67 years ago, a time when folks with disabilities were often relegated to the sidelines or shadows of life, or simply forgotten. Born without a speaking… Read more

Where one kind of awareness meets another

By: on April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

          Parkinson’s disease and throat cancer are currently sharing a spotlight of sorts. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month while April 20-26 is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Though medically on different pages, the conditions intersect in the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) world. Adults with speech impairment or loss… Read more

Nothing like a good conversation, rain or shine, for DynaVox T10 user

By: on April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Andy Johnson likes—more accurately, loves—to talk about the weather. Technically, he gets about 1,000 chances to do so each day from his Waukee, IA home, by the estimated number of international hits his non-profit weather information website, wxscience.com, receives. Andy, 72, is a retired meteorologist and oceanographer. He nurtured his career while serving… Read more

Self-Employment a Breakthrough for People with Disabilities

By: on March 07, 2014 | 1 Comment

            Breaking into the workforce is a common challenge among people with disabilities. Some find their best prospects in self-employment.   Cary Griffin has shepherded many on that path. His Montana-based consulting firm, Griffin-Hammis Associates LLC, has provided services and supports to job seekers since 2000. In a recent interview with… Read more

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