A Revolution at Their Fingertips This article shares how parents approach the issues of their children with disabilities from a different perspective than that of educators and service providers. It examines the history of one family's experience with AAC technology with their child and what they have learned about advances in consumer touchscreen electronics such ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2011
A Revolution at Their Fingertips
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  • Robert Rummel-Hudson
    Plano, TX
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2011
A Revolution at Their Fingertips
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 19-23. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.19
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2011, Vol. 20, 19-23. doi:10.1044/aac20.1.19
Abstract

This article shares how parents approach the issues of their children with disabilities from a different perspective than that of educators and service providers. It examines the history of one family's experience with AAC technology with their child and what they have learned about advances in consumer touchscreen electronics such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and what it might mean for parents of children using AAC technology.

We'd learned to be on our own, navigating a new world of Schuyler's disability with little information and no road map. We learned that in our situation, sometimes all you can do is trust in your fool's hope and keep going. You never give up, and you persevere, not because you're plucky or heroic or even smart, but because you hate the thought that if you give up too early you could miss some answer or solution waiting right around the next corner. It's hope, and it's stubbornness and, sometimes even stupidity, but it's the thing you've got so you run with it. You go into battle against the monster with a rubber sword, because, really, what else are you going to do? (Rummel-Hudson, 2008, p. 170)

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