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Dr. Seuss's AACs

Posted Apr 25 2009 12:31am

(A Poem about Augmentative & Alternative Communication)
by Jujyfruit

Did you know there are some
for whom speaking is tough?
Who use  signing,  and  pictures,
and  pointing, and  stuff?

But those methods can lack;
They can frustrate all!
(And leave us each feeling
quite helpless and small.)

But there  are cool new ways
for a voice to be heard,
and to be  understood,
without saying a word!

These high-tech-y tools
are expensive and rare...
but  each time I check,
brand new one  is there!

They're  newer than new, 
and they sparkle and shine,
with  computering parts
that are  finer than fine!

Oh, the wonderful things these devices can do!
They can  scroll  straight to "cow"! They can help you say "Moo!"
They can show you a "bowl" or a "sister" or "bus;"
they can  help you say " Help! with such minimal fuss!

Take oodles  of photos!
Build word lists  galore!
Use the voice  of your choice,
speak in  school  -- or the  store!

Give your puppy a name!
Select lunch on your own;
ask for  milkjuice, or  pop!
Even talk on the phone!

Give your teachers a way
to test  how much you know!
Tell your dad that
your shoe is  too tight on your toe!

Request movies by name!
Then, just for a lark,
tell your mom that you want
to eat cheese in the park!

Yes, the world is your oyster,
and you are it's pearl;
Communication's the KEY
for  each boy  and  each girl!

It's exciting and fresh --
talking fun  that is fun!
But there IS a small catch:
You can only have ONE!

The selection is vast;
the technology new.
Take a  carefullish  look;
Find the one  right for YOU!

Do you need overlays?
Would a camera be nice?
Do you like  Unity?
Or would  Minspeak  suffice?

Are we shooting towards goals
of literacy?
Is it helpful to have
just a small  qwerty  key?

And  how many screens --
sixty-four   or just three?

What? What's that?  What's  that  that you say?
You say  64  is the magical way?
Sixty-four  will display all the things you might say?

(Are you  sure  that's not
far too much  stuff  in the way??)

Or  maybe it  is?
You really don't know?

How do we decide
which direction to go?

There are all shapes and sizes,
and colors galore!
But we can't try them all,
and they keep making more!

Should one organize words
by  theme  or by  list?
Have a  visual  base,
or  conceptual  twist ?

And how does it  feel?
Does it fit in your hand?
Do you have to sit down?
Will it work when you stand?

Can you use it in rain?
See the screen in the sun?
Can you lock the controls?
Charge it up  on the run?

Is it easy to clean?
Will it fit in your bag?
Is there user support
without having to nag?

Is it heavy to hold?
Are there cords in the way?
Can it actually say
all you hope, dream, and pray?

Does it need USBs?
Or expansioning packs?
Is it easy to learn,
yet has challenging tracks?

Is the camera built-in?
Are there  symbols  or  pix?
Can it play any games?
Does it do any tricks?

Will it speak Japanese?
Can it surf on the web?
If I buy the upgrade,
will it  dootle  or  fleb?

Can it  dance the fandango
or  do the Watusi?
Does it have shoulder straps,
or clip  to one's caboose-y?

Is it bluetooth compat?
Does it lay golden eggs?
Can it walk by itself
on its wee robot legs?

Is it unbreakable?
Does it use rocket fuel?
Can it fly on its own
to and from  my son's school?

Does it come with its very own echo-locator?
(And if lost, will it  come right back  --
sooner  than  later?)
All this pick-y and choose-y
and question-y stuff
makes my head feel all woozy!

So which choice is best?
Which one passes each test?
Which rises above all the lowlier  rest?
From near and from far,
North, South, East, or West,
which one is the

How I dread , dread, dread, DREAD
sorting through in my head...
Can't anyone out there

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