The Augmentative Communication Program at the Boston Children’s Hospital is internationally known for working with children who have severe speech impairments, or are non-speaking.
This program specializes in using innovative technologies to help children impaired or non-speaking communicate. For nearly 25 years, Rick Hoyt has been an active participant in this program, and with their evaluation and treatment, he has been able to learn to “talk” through a computer developed by an extensive team of linguists and engineers.
The Augmentative Communication Program has transformed not only Rick’s communication abilities, but children all over the world who require specialized assistance as a non-speaking person, or even how to re-learn to speak after a traumatic injury. This program has proven that those with speech impairments are fully capable of inclusion in their communities, schools, and like Rick, athletics.
The Hoyt Foundation continues to support this program in their development of communication enhancements through donations, and encourages others to also help.
Team Hoyt is forever grateful for the monetary donations that are made to help further the education of people living with disabilities to become active members of their communities. Since the inception of Team Hoyt, Dick and Rick have been working tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities.
Your donation will go towards the many activities Team Hoyt and The Hoyt Foundation participate in to keep this education going.
You can choose between making a donation online through our certified PayPal account, or you may send a check to Team Hoyt at the mailing address below:
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In 1981, the team at BCH developed Target, the first-ever general purpose computer software program that uses scanning for people with physical disabilities.
Rick Hoyt, a long-time patient in the Augmentative Communication Program, speaks on the difference Boston Children's Hospital has made in his life and in the lives of many others with communication disorders.