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Wayne's Journey

Posted January 13, 2016 in Communicators in Action

By Wayne Roupp

Wayne Roupp

My name is Wayne Roupp. I live at the Margaret E. Moul Home. I been there since I was seventeen years old.

When I was twenty-five , I got my first communication device , it was a Light Talker. At the time I didn’t like the language , which was called Word Strategy. I told them , I was good at spelling , and I didn’t want use Word Strategy. Now I am using an ECO 2 with eye gaze. Before I used to scan with 2 jellybean switches , I think I am faster with my eco two with the eye gaze ,

Wayne using eye gaze

When I was five years old , I started with pictures to communicate with people and I thought Word Strategy was like using pictures. Back then I didn’t realize Word Strategy would be faster for me to talk to people.

Before I used a communication device , I used a language board and I had to wait for people to come and see what I wanted. With a communication device I have the freedom to talk to people any time that I want to or I can type my messages ahead of time and go show the person my message .

Wayne using communication board

When I was in school , I had to have a teacher ‘s aide because I couldn’t write for myself. But if I had a communication device , I could of done my school work all by myself. I also use my my eco to get on my computer to check my e-mails , play games and get on the internet. I have a volunteer job , doing data entry with excel for the home.


  • On February 8, 2016, Guest said:

    Wayne: Thank you so much for sharing your story. As the father of a 17-year old son who uses an AAC device (Accent 1400), I can certainly relate to many aspects of your journey. You are a true inspiration. Keep up the great work!!! Michael Reid

  • On January 20, 2016, Guest said:

    You are a great advocate and asset to all who know you Wayne!! Kelly Kilgour

  • On January 20, 2016, Guest said:

    Great Work Wayne!!!

  • On January 20, 2016, Guest said:

    You are a great advocate and asset to those who know you Wayne!!! Kelly Kilgour

  • On January 18, 2016, Guest said:

    Wayne: It is amazing what technology can do and I am glad that it helps you to communicate better. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing that wonderful story!! Dan Dietrich

  • On January 14, 2016, Guest said:

    Party on Wayne! Thanks for sharing your story. Amazing world we live in, and glad to see AAC devices making such a difference in people’s lives! Keep it up and who knows what another 10-20 years might bring! - Joshua Wayne, CA

  • On January 14, 2016, Guest said:

    Wayne, you have come such a long way, since we’ve met. You are such an inspiration. Never stop trying to better yourself. Jennifer Olesen-Potts

  • On January 13, 2016, Guest said:

    great work Wayne… a lot of people would have given up- but you didn’t! your story is very inspirational… thank you for sharing :)

  • On January 13, 2016, Guest said:

    Thanks, Wayne, for sharing your AAC journey with us. It is always so valuable to hear directly from users about their experiences.