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Unformatted text preview: The ability to speak is taken for granted by most. Think about what it would be like if that was taken away from you. Would you be able to go to the movie and order popcorn, or do your 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 a computer generated voice that is hard to understand. They can be programmed to sound just as realistic as a person with 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 whom are mute have a lot to say. They cannot vocalize the way others do. People whom are mute cannot speak, or make any vocal sounds. People born with the ability or gift of speech cannot imagine what it would be like to be mute. The inability to communicate through speech or speech cannot imagine what it would be like to be mute....
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- Winter '11
- device, ability, assistive communication device, Greenemeier