Success Stories: Assistive Technology Clinic

Amy came to the Assistive Technology Clinic at age 14. She has mixed cerebral palsy, visual difficulties and severe dysarthria of speech, a condition that has left her unable to communicate verbally. After undergoing an in-depth assistive technology team evaluation including speech, OT, PT and Chesapeake Rehab, the clinic team made recommendations and, in the area of augmentative communication, recommended the use of a DynaVox 3100 dynamic screen voice output system. The clinic assisted in funding this device through her insurance. When the device arrived, a word-based vocabulary composed by the clinic was loaded into Amy's device and customized according to her individual needs. During a later follow-up visit, the team went to Amy's home and assisted the family with programming her DynaVox for environmental controls. She now operates her TV, VCR, CD player and lights through the DynaVox. Amy's father recently reported that she is now communicating successfully with family and peers through the use of her DynaVox. The device is mounted to her wheelchair and a second mount has been positioned to her bed, making available communication and environmental controls when she is resting.

Appropriate seating is critical to Amy's ability to access her communication device. Amy is non-ambulatory and uses a manual wheelchair. Because of her visual difficulties, she was not determined to be a good candidate for a power wheelchair. She was evaluated by the Assistive Technology team and received a seating insert for her existing chair. Due to problems with skin breakdown, a pressure relieving seating system was order and funded through her insurance.

Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.

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