Dustin’s Words is an invention that helps people who can’t speak
communicate their needs at the push of a button. The device uses
simple, easy-to-understand icons to help people with autism or
other non-verbal disabilities convey their basic wants and needs.
When they push a button, the device sends a text message to their
family member or caregiver to let them know what they need.
Dustin's Words started out as a prototype built by my friend, Matt,
for his brother, Dustin. I helped Matt get started on the path to
take Dustin's Words from a prototype for one person to a product
for many as a Product Manager. Through an Indiegogo campaign, we
raised $12,000 so that Matt could continue development on Dustin's
Words, and eventually deliver several devices to families in need
for free. Dustin's Words is an ongoing project—one that has
certainly taught me the importance of making the world accessible
for all people.