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August 2010-Linda Wyman-Assistive Technology Devices

Linda Wyman, Speech and Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology and Alternative Augmentative Communication Specialist for Oakland Unified School District, described alternative access for people who have difficulty accessing computers in the standard way.

Linda started off talking about Brainfingers, an application that allows the user to control a computer with biofeedback and not much more than the energy of thinking. She described the difference between adult and children as AAC users.

Linda reviewed the process of device selection, cost considerations, and acquisition. She demonstrated a number of switches, alternate ways of clicking and mousing on a computer or controlling another device.

The group then adjourned to explore a variety of communication devices that Linda brought. She also handed out a list of resources.

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