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Teen Uses DynaVox To Sing National Anthem At Cleveland Indians Game
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 9 2004

CLEVELAND, OHIO--Sara Pyszka made history Wednesday night.

The 18-year-old high school senior became the first person to use an augmentative communication device to sing the national anthem at a major league baseball game.

Pyszka, who has cerebral palsy and does not talk, used her laptop-sized DynaVox AAC to perform the Star Spangled Banner before the Cleveland Indians game at Jacobs Field.

"I'm from Pittsburgh, but tonight, I'm a Cleveland fan," she told the cheering crowed. "Go Tribe!"

The event was part of the Indians' Disability Awareness Night.

Related:
"Anthem highlights enduring spirit" (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

http://www.inclusiondaily.com/news/04/red/0709b.htm
"Voiceless Teen Sings National Anthem For Cleveland Indians Using DynaVox Technology" (PR NewsWire)
http://www.prnewswire.com/broadcast/12469/consumer.shtml

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