A Texas teen couldn't speak with his sister, so he created an app to give her a voice

Archer Calder spent his childhood unable to talk with his younger sister, Della, his only sibling. Della has Bainbridge-Ropers syndrome, a rare genetic condition which affects her ability to eat, move and speak. "I've never grown up with a neurotypical sibling, so that comparison is hard for me to make," Archer, 17, told CNN. "But I'll say that she's definitely very opinionated. If things don't quite go her way, she lets you know that."
Della, 14, grew up using a combination of hand signals and short sounds to communicate with her family and caregivers. In her early teens, she was introduced to augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) applications, programs designed to help people who have trouble with speech or language skills. But her family was disappointed with the results. "I really had imagined her speaking in sentences and thinking that she was going to tell me how wonderful and grateful she was for all the things we do for her. But it wasn't like that at all," said Caitlan Calder, Della's and Archer's mother. Della refused to use the first application they tried, then broke the second device they bought her.
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