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You can give someone a voice
Many participants who come to scosa have difficulty communicating for a whole range of reasons. This can have a major impact on their quality of life by restricting opportunities for socialisation and interaction within their local community.
Imagine having the ability to change this by giving someone the means to communicate. scosa is looking to invest in a range of assistive technologies, and in particular communication devices, to enhance the communication capacity of many of our participants.
Young Ayden, who is non-verbal and attends scosa’s Elizabeth Park Hub, is a great example of someone who uses assistive technology to great effect. Through the use of this technology we asked Ayden to tell us about himself.
How old are you?
What do you like doing?
I enjoy cooking because I like to help Mum in the kitchen and I like using the oven. I also enjoy community outings because I like to get out and explore new things.
Can you tell us about your family?
I live at home and I have two brothers and two sisters.
How does it make you feel coming to scosa and explain why?
Excited, because I do something new every day.
Who are some of your friends at scosa?
Teoni, Jordan, Lisa and Mason.
What would you like to achieve with your life in the next 5-10 years?
I want to complete a course in I.T. and get to know more people at scosa.
Can you describe to us, in the best way you can, what it is like to live with a disability?
I have to depend on my mother. I would like to live in my own place and do everything for myself.
What is the one message you would like to get across to people who don’t live with a disability?
Don’t judge a book by its cover. I am very smart and I will surprise you on how well I use a computer.
We understand that having the appropriate devices to enable you to communicate with others around you is very important. Can you please share with us how communication devices such as the iPad/computer have made a difference in your life?
It has made communicating so much easier, instead of yes and no questions I can express myself beyond that.
How would it make you feel if you didn’t have access to technology to communicate with people around you?
Angry and frustrated. Having technology opens up the world and means I can talk to people.
Imagine opening up someone’s world by providing them with access to assistive technologies to greatly enhance their communication capacity.
Please support scosa’s end of financial year Appeal and really make a difference in the lives of South Australians living with disability.
We invite you to make a tax deductible donation to enable scosa to purchase a suite of new communication devices to support our participants.
Communication aids can take many forms. Modern electronic devices include iPads and Voice Apps. However there are many other examples of tools that can enhance communication capacity, including communication placemats, personalised choice boards, talking mats and sensory books.
These communication tools can be tailored to the individual and reflect each person’s level of understanding and learning capacity.
Communication tools can vary greatly in cost, for instance talking mats start at around $50 while a new base model iPad is priced at around $500.