Randi Sargent is a parent, caregiver and founder of Giving Greetings Publishing and SayitwithSymbols.com. She combines her passion for helping people with disabilities live independent lives with her professional experience in online publishing into SayitwithSymbols.com, a first-stop resource and store for picture-based communication aids and visual supports for children and adults."When our son was born with cerebral palsy we were hopeful that he would develop speech but this did not develop for him. Over the years, I have designed countless communication supports using symbols and pictures to help our wordless son "voice" his choices and opinions, and help him engage in our family life.
"I created SayitwithSymbols.com in 2008 as a resource to empower families, caregivers, educators and health professionals who care for children and adults who do not have effective speech. The collection of products I've created and offer on SayitwithSymbols.com are portable, functional and easy to use at home, school and out in the community. Caregivers will find many pre-made visual supports and communication aids as well as the books, tools and software you need to create your own communication books and other visual supports. Families have designed and field-tested many of the products on my site because we found none readily available that met our needs as caregivers. Recently, I expanded to include communication aids that assist with the health care and communication needs of adults with communication challenges due to stroke, brain injury and dementia."
Randi has over fifteen years experience creating functional augmentative communication aids and is an assistive technology advocate for all. Randi serves on the Board of Directors of the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston, where she is a contributing blogger on assistive technology for families. Randi is also a member of the Assistive Technology Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Randi studied life sciences and communications at Syracuse University and received her MBA from Boston University, both of which support her career in medical and educational publishing and media.
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This site is dedicated to Graham for his brilliant smile and endearing personality - he is our symbol of love and life.