Sharing a Dream: A Summer Institute for Language & Literacy Our summer program was inspired by a dream shared by two friends. Jan Staehely and Jane Murphy met in the fall of 1994 to discuss Jan’s need for a more accessible, intelligible, and manageable communication system. On the way to fulfilling that need, these two women became close friends ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1997
Sharing a Dream: A Summer Institute for Language & Literacy
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  • Jan Staehely
    Assistive Technology Program, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health Services University, Portland, OR
  • Jane Murphy
    Assistive Technology Program, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health Services University, Portland, OR
  • Chloë Myers
    Portland, OR
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   May 01, 1997
Sharing a Dream: A Summer Institute for Language & Literacy
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1997, Vol. 6, 13-14. doi:10.1044/aac6.2.13
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1997, Vol. 6, 13-14. doi:10.1044/aac6.2.13
Our summer program was inspired by a dream shared by two friends. Jan Staehely and Jane Murphy met in the fall of 1994 to discuss Jan’s need for a more accessible, intelligible, and manageable communication system. On the way to fulfilling that need, these two women became close friends and sought ways to help others, much younger, in fulfilling similar needs. Jane wanted to see Jan teaching youngsters using augmented communication devices the types of skills Jan had gained from a very supportive family: sophisticated language that allowed her to express herself well through both verbal and written modalities. Jan and Jane wanted to teach these children in a setting free from barriers, where children with significant expressive language challenges are bombarded with only “speaking” communicators who never share a common language system. Jan had experienced learning this way and, had it not been for her family, she might not be reading, writing, or “speaking” in the manner she does today. Jan is an accomplished public speaker and author.
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