When My Voice is not My Voice: Speaking through a Speech Generating Device

Kathy Howery


A speech-generating device (SGD) is not a thing that many people have experienced. For those
with severe speech impairments, however, it may be a technology giving them voice and an
integral part of their daily lives. What is it like to have an embodiment relation with SGD? This
article draws upon Don Ihde’s insights regarding human-technology relations to explore how
SGDs may act to mediate and condition the everyday lives of children and youth with speech


Speech impairment, communication disorders, assistive technology, speech generating device

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