I type to communicate.
Look! Here is communication.
Or when I type directly to people on the other side of the world, that's still communication.
What's different when we're next to each other? What's different if we're in the same room, and typing - computer to computer - rather than dealing with the challenges of spoken language? What's different if some are speaking and others are typing?
I type to communicate. Sometimes, it is the only way to get ideas across.
My tongue ties, and I try to speak. Words come out, but they're not what I mean. Confusion. Maybe it's good enough? But I want to do better, and I can when I type.
My brain revolts, and I try to speak. Nothing, I do not understand how the words go to speech. The migraine has stolen the key to that part of my brain. But I type, and can get what I need.
My body overloads, and I try to speak. Words come out, but it's hard. It steals capability. I cannot see. I cannot understand. I forget what I'm doing in the middle of my sentence. I type, and it's easy, it's understandable. My fingers understand what my vocal cords do not.
I type to communicate because it makes sense. Because it gives me more power to share with the world, thoughts I want to share, ideas I think others need to know.
I type to communicate because I can get more thoughts to more people. More ideas out of my mind. More stories where they need to be.
I type to communicate because communication isn't the same as speech and speech isn't the same as communication.
When it makes sense for me to speak, I speak. And when it makes sense for me to type, I type. And I can be someone who does both.
I can be someone who is verbal and someone who types to communicate.
I can be someone who is verbal and keep multiple AAC apps on my phone, turning to them at appropriate times.
I can be someone who is verbal and still think better in text. Just because I am verbal doesn't mean that my speaking voice is all of my communication. Just because I am verbal doesn't mean I need to speak at all times.
I type to communicate. My words. My methods. My way of being.