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ERIC Number: EJ803028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Technology Opens New Doors--Literally
Murphy, Patti
Exceptional Parent, v38 n7 p20-22 Jul 2008
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices can be of huge benefit to people with verbal communication challenges and is applicable in making a living space more accessible. This article presents the story of Sara Pyszka. Sara, 22, wanted a place where she could dance in her wheelchair with no onlookers and have friends over to watch "American Idol" or "Grey's Anatomy" over a margarita or a beer. Her desire to live alone understandably evoked the protective instincts of relatives and friends. Sara cannot walk, use her hands, or speak intelligibly due to the effects of cerebral palsy, but her unabashed courage makes it easy for others to believe in her. That innate trust, along with an array of helpful relationships and technologies, are spinning her dreams into reality. At the heart of Sara's experiences lies the lesson that independence is a process of finding solutions supporting a good quality of life for everyone involved that rarely begins too soon. With guidance from a team of AAC specialists, she mastered tasks such as operating the lights and her computer. Direct telephone access is another gain Sara achieved. Through her fearless spirit and ongoing personal mastery of technology, meanwhile, Sara stays on top of her daily activities and is well-connected to her world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio