Meet Dale

Dale is an independent young man, who enjoys the company of friends and family. He has Cerebral Palsy which affects the muscles in his mouth and chest, making it hard to speak clearly.

Dale says some words, but mostly uses a communication device, and has a communication book for back-up.

I can say the word ‘no’ by my mouth, and this is my quickest way to communicate. Mostly I have Accent [a speech generating device] for 90% of the time, and I have a communication book that I can point to the symbols for when my device is flat battery or sent away for saying the wrong words.

Just joking!

Dale is a strong advocate for the rights of people with communication disability and has written papers for university students on the topic.

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