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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

Libby Rush

Date: October 21, 2010

In 1964 Libby discovered that she wanted to be a speech therapist and by 1968 she had a master's degree. Her interests have always been children with developmental disabilities.

Based on what she saw in Mansfield, Connecticut she began using sign language with people with disabilities. When she saw the Zygo 16 she was hooked and wanted to do more with technology. Then she decided to be a classroom teacher to better understand the classroom.

Libby has been retired for almost six years, but she came back to work for a state technology program for the state of North Carolina, Setting up an evaluation program for the state.

Since so many technology devices were suddenly becoming available Libby started a chart of what devices were available. Her most current chart has more than 300 devices that meet the definition of under $1,500. She is particularly impressed with the iPad.

Snippet 1: "Libby Rush describes her early days as a speech therapist."

Snippet 2: "Libby: Best practices in speech pathology."


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