Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Just the Beginning

The video clips I took today during the set up and trying out of Jack's new communication system aren't too impressive. Keep in mind that there is a lot of work yet to be done on our part to get the system set up so that it is Jack friendly (i.e. programming pictures and commands that mean something to Jack) and a lot of work on Jack's part to figure out how to use the system. The biggest thing for Jack to learn is that he has to keep his eyes on the object long enough to activate it (set at 1.5 sec right now). It's an extremely complex system that offers more possibilities for communication than we can even imagine right now. It also has wireless internet capabilities which will really open up a whole new world of where we can go and what we can download. Jack can even send email with this system. Very cool!

I took the somewhat boring video clips, set them to some music and viola' -- here is a glimpse of a day in the life.

(Note how excited our dog Rylie is about the whole thing :-)

Thanks so much for caring about my beautiful Jack!


Karen said...

Way cool, go Jack!

Evy said...



Anonymous said...

I have been following Jack's progress since my sister Anne S. introduced me to your blog. I have to say that this entry today really touched me, and it was so wonderful to see Jack be able to communicate with you.
He is a beatiful boy with very special parents.
Liz B.

Anonymous said...

Boo hoo!!


Rachel Marini said...

Not boring... AMAZING! I can't wait to see (read...) how much this broadens Jack's ability to communicate! congratulations!! :)

Anonymous said...

that was amazing. it looks like he is getting the hang of it!
let me know when I can email Jack:)
very very exicted to see what lies ahead!!!!
xo christina

Melisande said...

Awesome, Ann and Mr. Jack!! More fun to come!!

I can't wait to see what Donovan will tell us with his new Springboard one day. I think he will just tell us a lot of "I want to go outside" and "I want more M&M's".

Wonder what Jack will say??? :)

Anonymous said...

Tear jerker!!! I am so excited for Jack, for all of you. It's going to be so exciting to hear what Jack has to say.

Hope S.
Raleigh, NC

julie w said...

This is great Ann! it will open up a whole new world for Jack. soon you won't be able to stop him!

Suzanne said...

That is really cool! What a breakthrough it will be for Jack.

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't kn ow that I have ever seen anything so cool and exciting! GO JACK! I can't wait to see what lies ahead, I know if I am excited I can only imagine how you guys must feel.
Kris :-)