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Disabled community now has a voice

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Technology is opening doors and minds for the disabled.  The Mattingly Center and its Cerebral Palsy School of Louisville offers therapy, adult day and respit care for caregivers. But one of their most important programs is speech therapy, which brings the ability to communicate to sometimes profoundly disabled people.

Cerebral palsy is condition, sometimes thought of as a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.  But as Development director Sonia Johnson and speech therapist Jessie Thelen show Fox in the Morning's Barry Bernson, computers make all the difference.

There are a variety of devices that help develop the communications skills for those with cerebral palsy. The Eyemax can be operated with the eyes only.  Many access methods exist, including eye control, head tracking, and multiple types of switches which can be attached to wheelchair headrests or other locations.

Some of these individuals can benefit from a speech-generating device to help them use more clearly communicate their messages when their speech is difficult to understand. To read more about the computers and devices , the Mattingly Center suggests looking at two websites: http://www.dynavoxtech.com/start/cerebral-palsy   or http://www.aacinstitute.org

The equipment can be very expensive, and the training and care for the students can cost a great deal.  The Mattingly Center and the Cerebral Palsy School of
Louisville Foundation is holding a Summertime Splash at the home of Denny and Susan Crum to raise money. To find out more, go to Www.mattinglycenter.org

The Crums' Summertime Splash
Sunday, May 22, 2011
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At the home of Susan and Denny Crum

Master of Ceremonies, Tim Laird, Brown-Forman Mixologist and Chief Entertainment Officer

The following is included in your ticket price of only $60 per person, seating is limited:
Complimentary Tiki Bar provided by Brown-Forman Corporation
A scrumptious meal compliments of the Texas Roadhouse Legendary Giving Committee
A Vacation Getaway and Entertainment themed Silent Auction 50/50 Cash Raffle
Wildest Polynesian Wear Competition
Signature Drink Competition

The Mattingly Center, Inc.
1520 Baxter Avenue
Louisville Kentucky 40205
(502)451-6200
Www.mattinglycenter.org

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