Providence program gives non-verbal kids a voice

March 22, 2011
For the first 16 years of her life, Chandra Mellon had to wait for someone to put words in her mouth.

Cerebral palsy inhibits Mellon’s ability to speak and severely limits her mobility, so when she was hungry, uncomfortable or thirsty, the woman had to wait for one of her nurses to guess what was wrong.

Today, as a 19-year-old, her life is much different. Using a computerized speech-generating device, Mellon can tell her nurses immediately when she needs assistance. Beyond that, she can communicate about herself, her world, school and her home, at Providence’s Center for Medically Fragile Children.

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