The Mercury News reports that a new device--which looks like an ordinary computer keyboard with a narrow display at top--is helping to give a voice to autistic students. The device converts typed words into speech, and hopes to offer faster and easier communication to sufferers of autism--a condition characterized by making verbal communication difficult. Kurt Ohlfs, executive director of Sunnyvale's Pacific Autism Center for Education, says that it is "monumental" to see students use the devices to break through the sensory overload that typifies autism to communicate with those around them......

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