Living With a Communication Device Good afternoon. My name is Paul Pecunas. I am honored to receive the Edwin Prentke award this year. Some of you, who are on a list service called ACOLUG, may know me as Coonster. When you read what a person says on the Internet, you develop an image about what ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2002
Living With a Communication Device
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  • Paul Pecunas
    Meadville, PA
  • Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript of the Fifth Annual Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Mr. Pecunas made at the ASHA Convention in New Orleans, LA, last November. It is published here with the author’s permission
    Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript of the Fifth Annual Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Mr. Pecunas made at the ASHA Convention in New Orleans, LA, last November. It is published here with the author’s permission×
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Article   |   April 01, 2002
Living With a Communication Device
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2002, Vol. 11, 27-30. doi:10.1044/aac11.1.27
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2002, Vol. 11, 27-30. doi:10.1044/aac11.1.27
Good afternoon. My name is Paul Pecunas. I am honored to receive the Edwin Prentke award this year.
Some of you, who are on a list service called ACOLUG, may know me as Coonster. When you read what a person says on the Internet, you develop an image about what you think they look like. When you meet the person, what you thought they look like may go out the window. So, surprise, this is what I look like in real life. Am I cuter then you expected?
I love the Internet. The Internet is a great tool for people with disabilities, because we are treated just like another person. Not only is the Internet a mask which keeps everyone at one level, it’s a great communication tool for people with disabilities. We can get our thoughts across even better than when we are in a face-to-face conversation with someone. Either with E-mail, or live chat. I like to think of the Internet as an AAC device. As we all know an AAC device is an alternative way to communicate. Therefore, the Internet fits in that category.
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