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A Technology Journey: The Story of Codi's Life


Codi's a typical, not so typical teenager. She is a vibrant and determined fifteen year old with Cerebral Palsy. Codi uses many forms of assistive technology to increase her self- sufficiency. The attendees will journey with us to learn about various forms of Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) we've incorporated in our lives over the past 15 years.

Codi was a full-term baby who experienced a lack of oxygen at birth, later resulting in a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. Codi is considered non-verbal, uses a wheelchair for mobility and a gastrostomy tube for nutrition. Codi spent 41 days in the NICU in Anchorage, AK. She started using picture board communication devices at one year old. She progressed to a few different dedicated communication devices. Codi uses her power wheelchair, iPad and classroom technology to be a successful student. Codi is an avid "coder". She uses smart devices to navigate her home and community. Her AAC allows her to communicate with her peers.

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  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Entertainment & Recreation
  • Research & Development
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Session Summary (Abstract)
Please join us as we present family perspectives of our experiences with AT/AAC challenges and celebrations, such as the lack of AAC normed cognitive assessments. Attendees will learn strategies to successfully incorporate AT/AAC into school and community settings.  
Session Type
General Track  
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Education
  • Independent Living
  • Mobility


  • Jennifer Mendenhall
  • Codi Mendenhall

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