While traveling this weekend, we stopped at a Publix to pick up a few necessities. On our way out, a woman ran up to us, pointed to Jess’s iPad and asked, “ what is that?” For a split second, I thought she was just curious and then I realized, she knew it was an AAC device. Most people assume Jess’s iPad is for entertainment and they don’t realize it is her voice.
Quickly, I gave her an overview::
- Speak for Yourself can hold over 14,000 words and only has two layers.
- Words are added as we use/need them.
- Repeating a motor plan is how we remember where the words are.
Before the woman returned to work, I handed her Jess’s card. I wish I could have shared more.
This moment was a reminder that Jess needs to take her Talker everywhere. AAC awareness is celebrated every October, however, in our house it is 365 days a year. You never know who you will meet and what a difference you can make.