Temple institute uses technology to help disabled young people live more independently

Kim Glovas
August 06, 2018 - 12:37 pm
Dan Scheirenbeck

Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University Photography

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Nine disabled young adults who are transitioning to living independently got a taste of college recently. It was part of a program at Temple University's Institute on Disabilities. 

It's called ACES, Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports. Russ Goldstein, program manager, said it allows participants who spend time on campus, and who might not otherwise be able, "the opportunity to explore, and have a college experience in a way that also provides them value towards communication, computer access, and pushes toward independence."

The students taking part use speech-generating devices, similar to what Stephen Hawking used. Dan Scheirenbeck of Ohio speaks through his SGD, and explains where he is going:

"Wright State University."

While some are heading to college, others will move toward full employment and independent living.