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Rahmedov: Ahror was born and raised
in Uzbekistan, but came to the United States after suffering massive
facial injuries in an accident. He has just graduated from the University
of Washington and is now pursuing graduate work at UCLA. Ahror has recently
published his autobiography.
Asako had a brainstem injury at the age of 13, but since
then she has been a published author, technology consultant and a public
speaker. Read more about her life and work in Japan.
Bud Wardlaw: Bud
tells his unique story in his own words, stressing the importance of
humor in connecting with the people he meets.
Get to Know Other
AAC Users: We introduce you to several AAC users
who have been in the news or on the Internet recently. Although these
are not complete profiles, the stories and links will be of interest
Manufacturer's Profiles: Three of the leading manufacturers
have web pages with stories about interesting people who use their equipment.
While we are not endorsing any particular products, these pages do introduce
you to more active and engaged people who use AAC.
Kristin recently completed her Ph.D. at the University
of Washington in Seattle. Kristin has been a research associate and staff
member at Post-ITT, a web-based project providing guidance
to high school students with disabilities towards independent self-advocacy.
She now runs her own company, Sage Within Us.
on this site:
Don’t expect to see only the latest AT devices. The focus
here is on people and their stories.
A note is posted near the clip if we know the individual has
Heidi is writer/playwright has recently completed her Ph.D. in English
at the Universite of Alberta. Through her compelling plays, she is able
to edcuate others about some of the many experiences of physically disabled
a considerable amount of talent, ingenuity and patience, Snoopi has
created beautiful music with his AAC devices for the past 16 years.
As an artist, a minister, a writer and consultant, Rick accomplishes
what he sets out to do. He can indeed do "everything besides make
As President and CEO of the Stroke Network, Steve is supporting fellow
stroke survivors despite his own personal challenges. As Steve writes
"...there IS life after ...a stroke."
In this profile, Sharon Price is a writer who talks about
how she has not let having cerebral palsy stop her from leading "a
(somewhat) normal life."
Jeff Grace: Even
though his schedule is quite hectic Jeff says he loves his jobs as both
a consumer advocate and student mentor for people with disabilities,
"because I make a difference!"
Norm is a student of Shoreline Community College in Seattle,
WA. He is interested in writing and politics. His profile is incomplete
at this time, but check out his poem about current events: "So
We Have a Problem in Iraq".
Stan is able to stay in touch with family across the country,
despite the losses from ALS.
When people underestimate his abilities and his potential,
David enjoys showing them what he can do.
After a severe stroke, Hank took up drawing and has found
that "Life goes on...and brings new things." See his beautiful
Steve's work as a computer applications specialist doesn't prevent
him from also being a major sports fan.
Alan King: Alan
is an artist, but he also designs innovative solutions to accessibility
problems for himself and his wife, Sharon King.
David "Scott" Palm:
Scott is an experienced public speaker and advocate for AAC
users in Washington State.
Sharon King: An
artist with her husband, Alan King, Sharon still finds time to participate
in many local, regional and national projects for people with disabilities.