SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY: ISU Students Help 4th Grader Communicate

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Christmas came a little early for one West Des Moines fourth grader.

Five Iowa State University senior design students presented Sam Wedig with special technology to help him communicate.

Sam attends Crossroads Park Elementary and has cerebral palsy, making it difficult for him to speak.

This semester, the mechanical engineering students worked with Sam to design a custom system so he can use his head to control a mouse.

That allows him to type what he wants to say.

“His speech is very hard to understand,” Henry Kelley says.

“If he’s able to use his head movements to type on an onscreen keyboard, he’ll be able to type out words and hopefully be able to communicate to other people what he actually wants, instead of being skewed by people suggesting what he wants.”

The project cost $1,200 and was funded by donations through Iowa State’s senior design program.


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