Name: Jazzmin Samuel
Home: Viera, Florida
Product: Tobii Dynavox I-12
Condition: Cerebral palsy
Jazzy has an incomparable zest for life. At 19, she takes every opportunity to communicate and express her creativity, and encourages others to do the same. The I-12 AAC device she controls through her eyes has a key supporting role in her activities.
“My Tobii Dynavox device has opened many doors for me and I plan to use this as a tool to be an advocate and help as many people as I can, ” Jazzy said. “I love talking with people.”
Cerebral palsy limits Jazzy when it comes to speech, mobility and using her hands. About 10 years ago, she realized she could communicate better using eye-tracking technology than previous devices she accessed with a cheek switch.
“My Tobii Dynavox device has opened many doors for me and I plan to use this as a tool to be an advocate and help as many people as I can”
A 2016 graduate of Viera High School in Florida, Jazzy excelled in her studies, using the I-12 to complete class assignments. “Prior to the Tobii Dynavox device, we were not aware of the depth of her cognitive abilities,” Jazzy’s mom Tegdra said.
Jazzy also shined on the Homecoming court (the girl voted queen handed Jazzy the crown) and in the high school musical, delivering her lines through the device.
As Jazzy looks forward to studying theater in college, she is building her online gallery, where vibrant paintings she creates using the I-12 are for sale. She enjoys traveling, shopping and biking with her older brother Byron. Jazzy and her mom organize fundraisers for families to secure exercise and mobility equipment for their kids.
She gives motivational speeches highlighting the importance of AAC technology in hopes that more people will know about it.
“The most rewarding part is being able to show parents and children with cerebral palsy how I use my device.”