Advanced technological voice devices, such as Smart's Liberator, have allowed many people a chance to finally communicate with others. Tedford said it is amazing to watch her brother using his Liberator.
"When Lawrence received his Liberator, my father was so pleased," said Tedford, adding their father couldn't understand Smart before he had the device.
Smart's mother cared for him until her health failed at age 71, said Tedford. After attempting to live in a nursing home, Smart settled into Sunmount in Keeseville, a home for the developmentally-disabled. Many of the residents there cannot speak, but Smart will try to communicate with anyone who will listen, she said.
"He's a very outgoing man," said Tedford.