Laryngectomy support group meeting view one
Earlier this month, the area Laryngectomy Support group met at ND Assistive to learn about the new TeliTalk Electrolarynx Phone and other types of assistive technology to help them communicate on the phone.  The group indicated that they learned a lot, and I thought others might benefit as well. The following methods were discussed: TeliTalk Electrolarynx…

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Woman using a communication App to communicate
October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.  According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in…

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May is National ALS Awareness Month.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  The ALS Association is asking supporters to “Raise Your Voice to Elevate the Fight Against ALS” in May. I plan in this month’s blog to talk about the importance of your voice.  People with ALS are robbed…

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Recently I attended a webinar from Saltillo, which had a great video for teachers and parents explaining Aided Language Stimulation  I have been sharing it with my parents and teachers quite a bit lately, so I thought it might be time to “blog it”. Aided Language Stimulation is a researched based type of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)…

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I finally had the chance to sit down and really dive into the GoTalk NOW App. Here’s what I found! Overall Ease of Use: I highly recommend having the user guide open and readily available as you initially explore this app. The user guide features a quick-start section that will introduce you to the app’s core…

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There are so many excellent amplified phones for landlines made these days, but I want to mention one of these phones that I especially like.  The Panasonic KX-TGM450S cordless phone has great amplification (50 dB) but I found these other attributes that really make this phone special.   Loud 112 dB ringer Talking caller ID…

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As of today, texting a 911 operator is now a possibility, statewide in North Dakota. This is a major service improvement for people with hearing or speech disabilities, enabling them to text for help in an emergency. Contacting dispatch operators by texting may also aid those in situations, such as domestic violence, where calling 911…

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Finally, FINALLY someone has developed a truly hands-free smartphone that I can use. I’ve been waiting for this technology for 15 years. ~ Rick Frame from the United States This quote stuck as I was researching the Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone. It was a quote that resonated patience, possibly frustration, and ultimately victory! The Sesame Phone…

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  Communication and being understood is extremely important for an individual’s overall well being. We all have feelings, needs, and information we want to express and share with the people around us. When an individual feels misunderstood or ignored because they have difficulty communicating effectively, feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or even depression follow. Recently,…

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There are many children and adults in the world with complex communication needs (CCN) who would benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Nonetheless, unfounded misconceptions that have existed for decades sometimes prevent people from even investigating the possibility of how AAC might help them or someone they know. Much has been written over the years discussing…

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