With cerebral palsy, I was just a rag doll that was nonverbal and wheelchair-bound. On my third birthday, my mother put me on the bus to go to school. Within a few days, the teacher saw a spark of intelligence in my eyes. The fight began that day to find a way for me to participate socially in my elementary school.
After researching which assistive device was best for my communication and for classroom assignments, the school system purchased my first device — the DynaVox. I accessed the device with two head switches. Although I was using pages with only a few buttons at the time, I quickly learned how to communicate with the world. Continue reading “Elementary Breakthroughs: My Grade School Years with AAC”