“The device, called “HEARTS,” fits a tablet-like, hand-held computer called DynaVox which helps people who have speech disabilities to communicate by selecting phrases or words on the computer screen.” – The Hearald

JMS engineers and York Technical College Engineering students designed a tool that would allow a Rock Hill elementary student with autism communicate better in school.

The Engineer team designed and constructed a case for the Dynavox. This case has a grid-like screen to allow her to communicate independently without the need of a speech therapist. Previous designs need a Speech Therapists to guide her hand which introduced uncertainty as to her intent.

Support for HEARTS came from in-kind contributions from Jim Myers & Sons, Line-X and Pro-Motion Engineering.