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Communication aids in practice

Watch Toby Hewson using his communication aid to explain how he works on the web.
DRAFFAN: What is the main problem you find now?
TOBY HEWSON: OK speech therapists receive half hour of universities about AAC. So it is silly and selfish, because when we arrive at their doors, they start to worry because we do know more about our equipment they do. E.A.
DRAFFAN: We also do not know much about how you use your technologies on the web.
TOBY HEWSON: OK. I have found great equipment that calls, read and write. I started using it 20 years ago because I can’t read in normal ways. It retrieves everything on internet. When it is OK to read, because something it doesn’t read because sentences, they are in photos. E.A.
DRAFFAN: You have mentioned the fact that you can’t read everything on the web because text is sometimes in a photo. But what about managing to control things on the web, like YouTube? Has that caused problems sometimes?
TOBY HEWSON: Yes, but I am very lucky because I work 99% internet no problem. But banking application forms, they do have alarm clocks, which I hate because they run away from me because I work slower because I got cerebral palsy. E.A.
DRAFFAN: What developments would you like to see in the future?
TOBY HEWSON: OK. It is getting better every year. But I would love to see some time an equipment to read my brain. But it needs button to put off sometimes because swearing.
Having learnt a little bit about Tom and his communication aid that was a tablet and the way symbol communication can be slow unless it is pre-prepared, you will now see Toby demonstrating how this is done with a discussion about his use of the web and some assistive technologies.
Toby Hewson not only founded a charity called Just Different – he is also Co-chair of Communication Matters a “UK-wide organisation committed to supporting people of all ages who find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech.” The organisation has links to resources that you might find useful.
Please share any resources you might know about that would help those with communication difficulties in different countries as English (spoken and written) often dominates and yet communication happens in many different ways being multilingual and multicultural.

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