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Running head: ASSISTIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICE 1 Assistive Communication Device Tracy Lynn Bignell HHS255 February 20, 2011 Cheryl Henry
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ASSISTIVE COMMUNICATION DEVICE 2 Assistive Communication Device The ability to speak is taken for granted by most. Think about what it would be like if that were taken away. Would it be possible to go to the movie and order popcorn, or do a job without the ability to communicate through the spoken word? With the help of an assistive communication device the mute no longer need to struggle with the spoken word. These devices have come a long way from pen and paper. They are no longer in computer generated voices that are hard to understand. They are now programmed to sound just as realistic as a person without speech barriers. Most people take the ability to speak for granted. “Eight out of 1000 people in the United States” are mute (Greenemeier, 2009). The reasons they are mute may be a birth condition like “Autism, Down’s syndrome, Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS—aka Lou Gehrig's disease), or a traumatic event such a stroke or brain injury” (Greenemeier, 2009). People who are mute have
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