Monday, December 9, 2013

Utahns learn about communication devices for people with disabilities

Participants gathered at the AT Lab to check out AAC devices.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. 

A participant looks at a devices from DynaVox.
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."

UATP staff talks to Rod Price (center) from the School of the Deaf and Blind.
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.

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