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About My AAC Journey

Posted May 13, 2020 - 10:34am

By Chris Sawka, PRC-Saltillo Blogger

Hello, my name is Chris Sawka and I am working on my writing to go to the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.  I am writing about my life and how my life changed with Assistive Technology.  When I was younger, I didn’t want to use an AAC device because I thought I was different, but one night at dinner my mom told my sisters when you help Chris to talk, you need to use the communication device too. I could teach it to them  Then I played around with the augmentative communication device and I said to myself “hey, augmentative communication devices are extremely cool.” I have tried switches, I tried eye-gaze and now I use a head mouse.  The head mouse/Nu Point is best for me when I’m working with my Accent 1000.  With my technology I listen to music and podcasts, I write emails, I connect through FaceBook, I call people, text and facetime, and I am writing this blog post. I worked out my Accent to talk with Siri.

Because I have my assistive technology, I can hang with my friends in bars and movies.  I can go to vacations without my parents because I am independent with communication and getting what I need. I use my Accent 1000 to wake up Siri and send text messages, call and face time. It is important because I am doing that by myself. I use my remote controls by my hand to change the channel to watch movies, shows and sports. I love baseball, basketball, boccia, and Chicago hockey.  I am missing going to the White Sox games. I hope the White Sox are playing the season; I will go.  I will watch the game, order a bratwurst with grilled onions and a beer, and cheer on my favorite team. 

I hope everybody does well and stays safe. We are ALL IN for Illinois and Chicago. 


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