Meet Kate and her family

Kate is a teenager who loves cooking, dancing and hanging out with her family. She was born with a chromosome abnormality affecting her speech, language and cognition.

Kate's mum, Michelle, says that being non-verbal doesn’t mean Kate can’t communicate. She uses a mix of some words, sign language, gestures and a PODD communication book, and is currently trialing a speech generating device.

Kate says that when she can communicate, it makes her feel calm.

Without communicating, you’re not an active member of society, and you’re left behind,

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