What Kind of Accent Do You Have?

My sister, who has spent her adult life in California, likes to tease me about my Midwestern accent. I always deny I have one. But then I took this quiz and I’m thinking maybe I do have an accent after all; as you can see, my result mentions Chicago (I was born there) and Wisconsin (I live there). How about you? Use the link below my results to test your accent.

What American accent do you really have?

Your Result: Northern

Your accent is Northern, which used to be the media standard in the ’50s and ’60s. Your accent could either be Inland Northern (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo) or the more broadcasting-friendly Upstate NY/Western New England accent. If you have the Inland North accent, outsiders probably ask you a lot if you’re from Chicago or Wisconsin.

North Central
Northeast New England
What American accent do you really have?
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How iPads are Helping Kids with Special Needs

Years ago, we were acquainted with a boy who couldn’t speak due to birth defects. Thanks to a piece of equipment called a Dynavox, he was able to touch a screen so a computerized voice could tell us what he wanted to say.

It was a very expensive piece of equipment that many families couldn’t afford. Another young man we knew used a wooden board with pictures of faces; he’d point to the sketch of a face expressing the emotion he was feeling.

Times sure have changed. Now there are apps for the iPad that fill the same purpose as a Dynavox for youngsters with special needs. Wish we’d had something like that for our son when he was young.

The advantages of an iPad for kids with special needs go beyond supplying them with a voice. In a recent discussion here about the iPad, read Karen’s comment that explains all the ways she uses an iPad to educate her daughter with Down syndrome.

We do live in interesting times, don’t we?