I recently participated in a special project, 32 for 32 Project, that centered around 32 consecutive days without speaking. The purpose of the project was to honor 32 victims of the tragedy that took place on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007.
I haven’t yet had time to process this experience enough to write in any coherent way about the method of mourning, my emotions while thinking about the honored Hokies, the benefits and drawbacks of silence, and the differing responses and reactions of various people as I participated in this special event. I’m still working on that.
I do want to tell about a technology I used during the project and which is relatively new to me – Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).