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Eleven-year-old Tait Holter uses what his mother, Maria, refers to as a “pod” to communicate that he would like help finding a lost object in his Lawrence home. Tait, who is autistic, uses various forms of technology to assist with communication. By pressing a combination of keys and icons, Tait can express his feelings and desires with the device, which will articulate the command. Maria and Mark Holter, pictured Friday, are applying to have Tait enrolled in a program at Kansas University that will pair graduate students in speech-language pathology with individuals who use communication devices.

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