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Communicating Made Easier for Autistics Through Technology

Children with autism face many challenges in life. One of the most frustrating is difficulty in communication. But in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Pacific Autism Center for Education, they're trying something new. Two out of three of the students are non-verbal, but thanks to a new voice output device, things are changing.

Kurt Ohlfs of the Pacific Autism Center for Education, says, "The largest benefit is the ability to give them a voice, gives them a voice that offers a breadth of options and the third benefit is the social interactions that come from having the ability to speak.  It's amazing when we've given some of this technology to our students and it's opened up that door and now the students are surpassingly prolific when it comes to expressing their thoughts."

21- year- old Daniel is uses an advanced, hand held device that offers him a menu with hundreds of word options.  He just selects the word or phrase he wants, and the computer talks in sentences.  Now, voices that were once silent are heard, as technology is tears down communication barriers.   

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