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Monday, October 27, 2014

PRC & Saltillo Donate 3 SGDs! Neat.

PRC & Saltillo Corporation Donate Speech-Generating Devices To Three Children with Speech Disabilities
Employee Owners of Leading Assistive Technology Companies 
Celebrate ESOP Month by Giving Gifts of Communication

The employee owners of PRC and its subsidiary Saltillo Corporation, two leading manufacturers of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, are celebrating Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Month in October by donating over $17,000 in communication devices to three children with speech disabilities who lack insurance coverage for an AAC device.
Five-year-old Ryann Franz of Chesapeake City, Maryland, has low muscle tone, or hypotonia, which makes speaking or using sign language extremely difficult.  She is one of only two individuals in the world diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation.  Ryann was presented with a Saltillo NOVA chat 10 plus device that is designed to help children acquire and use language skills.
Delany Dowdy, a first grader from Pleasant View, Tennessee, has speech and language delays, hearing loss, and an articulation disorder that make it difficult for her to be understood.  She received a PRC Accent 1000, a powerful speech-generating device preloaded with Unity®, a proprietary language system that supports robust communication and language development.
Eleven-year-old Ryan Hudson of Blackwood, New Jersey, who is largely nonverbal as a result of autism, was selected to receive a PRC Words for Life NOVA Edition, which features an 84-location vocabulary and supports Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), an approach pioneered by PRC that has proven successful for those with autism.

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