Mary Paradis, North Carolina
As a child I was given a medication that caused my brain to reverse in development. As a result I suffered severe learning disabilities which make reading a real challenge. If it were not for the technologies in the office for the learning disabled at NC State University, I would not be able to say I am a college graduate today. I was lucky to go to a school that had access to such technologies, but there are hundreds of thousands of children and young adults that are not so lucky. It is a horrifying thought to think of how many potential talented young writers, doctors, and lawyers are being held back in school and in life because they do not have access to the text-to-speech technology.