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Devin's Speech Project
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Devin's Speech project looks to help kids with speech issues.
Devin's Speech project looks to help kids with speech issues.

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One of the things I am most proud of as we are about to reach the three year anniversary of the very first posting of Devin's Speech Project, is after three years we have had zero complaints about the images and animations we have used.

As a photographer I am sensitive to such issues.This project would have never happened unless I had editing skill.

In creating this project I made every effort to only access open source images and animations. It is difficult to know if every image is truly open source or if it has been hacked in some manner against its owners wishes.

From the beginning we posted the following:

Disclosures:

Everything in the presentations was put together using freeware and was focused on images and animations from open source and free public sites. This is because we want to make the project available for free. Every effort has been taken to respect copyrights and an artist's wishes. Thousands of images and animations were searched to find the ones that were used. It is a credit to the Internet and free speech that so many images were available. The ones that we picked were superior in conveying the concept for the word and sound trying to be taught.

Due to the nature of the internet, it is possible and perhaps highly likely that an image or animation in this project may be subject to copyright. To any artist, photographer, or animator whose work is here and does not want it to be part of the program to help kids with speech issues, please email the contact address and your image will be removed. We sincerely apologize ahead of time and only chose your work because it was the best at expressing the idea we were looking for. There are several alternate images for every slide in this project. No profit is being made from the project and the goal from inception has been to keep the effort available to kids and parents for free.

And in three years we have never heard a word from anyone about taking their work.

But we have heard from countless people how our efforts have helped them. In creating the project, and in our outreach, and our advocacy.

We have heard from people all over the world.
Thousands of people. It has exceeded my wildest expectations.

So again, I offer to remove any image or animation, and I thank those who efforts we use. Your works have indeed helped people

My thanks always and forever,
Michael Ramsdell
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4-year-old with selective mutism finds his 'brave voice'.
Another article on #SelectiveMutism you may have missed.
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I saw this on PBS for the other day for the first time and I felt it was profound enough that it needed to be shared. If you have not seen it I believe it is worth watching...
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Recent article in the news you might have missed...
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Concerned about changes in "no child left behind".
Regardless this is a common story in many states across the country.
#priorities   #specialeducation   #speech   #apraxia   #selectivemutism  
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This article on ‪#‎Selectivemutism‬ was in Good Housekeeping.
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Recent article describes life with selective mutism.
The "living hell" of selective mutism
The "living hell" of selective mutism
thetelegraphandargus.co.uk
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Another article I stumbled on about ‪#‎Selectivemutism‬,
October is Selective Mutism Awareness Month.
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October is #SelectiveMutism awareness month. Please consider sharing this if you have not already. #thankyou
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