Monday, December 9, 2013
Utahns learn about communication devices for people with disabilities
Communication is key to quality of life, and those who attended the AAC Open House at the Utah Assistive Technology Lab last week learned about how people with disabilities can be successful using devices.
AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) is how many people with various disabilities communicate. Methods range from simple to complex.
Vendors from DynaVox, Enablemart, Prentke Romich, Tobii ATI and Saltillo brought their devices to show consumers. From iPad apps to computer software, the options are endless.
Speech language pathologist Tobey Fields said it is important for people to know what is available.
"So many times I hear about a senior that is unable to communication and becomes socially isolated, and it makes me sad," Fields said. "It shouldn't happen."
AAC can benefit many ages and disabilities. To learn more about AAC and speech-related disabilities, visit the Penn State Early Intervention website AAC Kids.