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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

Roxanne Butterfield

Salter Software

Date: March 17-21 2009

Roxanne Butterfield began her career as a speech pathologist in Wisconsin school districts where AAC devices were beginning to be introduced. She learned all she could about them so students could better communicate with voice output.

Introduced to the Apple computer and the Echo speech synthesizer, she talks about the AT devices she bought, including her favorite, a Key Port 717. She scheduled before school breakfast and training sessions for teachers.

Important discoveries were Don Johnston Company Saturday workshops and Closing The Gap. Her friends suggested that she really should attend CTG, but she said she didn't have the money. They responded that if she could get there, she could sleep on the floor of their room, and she did.

Again meeting the Don Johnston people at CTG, she left with a job as AAC sales representative, worked there for 16 ½ years, and traveled to the U.K, Paris, and London.

Currently Roxanne works at Salter Software and emphasizes the importance of the collaborative nature of the industry and lifelong friendships. It's been a wonderful career!

Snippet 1: "How did you get started in the disability field?"

Snippet 2: "How would you like to end this interview?"

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