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Low tech strategies can be equally important

Partner assisted scanning NEW!
Adrienne's mother uses partner assisted scanning when she doesn't understand Adrienne's speech. This is a very fast and effective strategy for such a highly familiar partner. You can see Adrienne's high-tech device elsewhere on this web site.

A hand resting on an alphabet board

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Using eye-gaze codes to instruct an assistant
Although Kristin has a high-tech device, she prefers to use her eye codes in certain situations if the communication partners are familiar with them.

Kristin is seated in a wheelchair, looking to her left
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Using eye-gaze with familiar partners
Kristin has used a number of other strategies throughout her life. Here are some old video clips of Kristin at a very young age using a low tech strategy that combined eye-gaze and "partner assisted scanning".

Kristin at the age of 9, seated in her wheelchair with a spelling board on the laptray
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Choosing books with eye-gaze signals for yes/no
Communicating through a voice output device is still in the future for Ashley, but meanwhile she effectively comminicates with peers via eye-gaze. Notice how comfortable her young partner is with this technique.

Ashley is shown seated in her wheelchair in the library
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Using an alphabet board in a hospital bed
Even individuals who have high tech systems may have to use a low tech version under some circumstances. Here is a photograph of a gentleman who points to an alphabet board with his feet while lying down:

A man pointing to an alphabet board with his foot while lying down.
 
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