I've been helping people find their voices for almost four decades, and I never get tired of it. The joy of watching someone communicate for the first time, the joy of watching a parent see their child communicate for the first time, it’s indescribable. There is a perception that people who are unable to speak are intellectually impaired, and that's just simply not the case.
When interacting with someone that doesn't speak, the listener is often very uncomfortable. They're not used to interacting with someone who's using some kind of a device or whose speech is really difficult to understand.
When a person is looking for a way to communicate in alternative ways, they need to find something that really works for them. They need to try to find a voice that sounds natural. They want to try to find a way to be efficient. They want to be able to communicate as normally as possible, even though they're not using their biological voice.
There's a whole range of options that one can use:
They can point to letters or look at letters
They can have a laser point attached to their head
They can have their eyes read
They can use a device that talks.
You want to find a communication system that fits and works for that person.
We're at a point in history where technology is going to allow a person to be able to have a voice. It's going to allow a person to be a faster communicator. It's going to allow that person to be able to express what's in their heart. It's not yet perfect, but it's really getting there.
"We're at a point in history where technology is going to allow a person to be able to have a voice. It's going to allow a person to be a faster communicator."