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1 Assistive Technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Anna Reeves Steve Carroll Anna Reeves and Steve Carroll 13 th March 2013

2 ACE Centre Hollinwood Business Centre, Albert St, Hollinwood, Oldham OL8 3QL tel: fax: The Stables, Jericho Farm Barns, Yarnton Road, Cassington, Oxfordshire. OX29 4SZ website:

3 Today What is AAC Low Tech/Light Tech High Tech Access and positioning Tablets

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5 Low Tech Resources Communication charts/boards/books PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Objects of Reference E-Tran Frame (eye transfer frame) Talking Mats

6 Examples of light tech Single message e.g. BigMack Sequence of messages e.g. Step-by-Step Multiple messages: ranging from 2 to 128 often with levels e.g Partner 2, Supertalker, TechSpeak

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8 Examples of high tech… Dynamic screen, category based Dynamic screens (or dynamic combined with static) with icon sequencing Liberator 14 Springboard LiteVantage Lite Tobii C12Tellus 4 Dynavox VMax/ V iPad iPod Touch / iPhone

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10 Adaptations/Alternatives to the mouse Rollerballs Joysticks Touch screens & monitors Touch pads Head mouse Switches Eye gaze Light operated mouse and keyboard Integramouse

11 Adaptations to the standard keyboard Accessibility options Stickers Key guards Gloves Layouts Stands/rests

12 Alternatives to the keyboard Bigger keyboard Smaller keyboard (compact/ultracompact) High visibility/coloured keyboard Overlay keyboards - intellikeys One handed

13 Positioning and Fixing Switches Mounting arms:universal - lever / VFA slim armstrong gooseneck daessy flexzi Boards and wedges:maxess sensitrac Other:velcro & velgrip ultrastick dual lock

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15 iPad apps for communication Grid- based apps –Proloquo2Go –TalkTablet –Tap Speak Choice –Sono Flex –My ChoicePad –Touch Chat HD –Go Talk Now –Speak for Yourself –Grid Player –Yes: No Talking Photos –Pictello –Click n Talk –Scene and Heard Text –Predictable –Verbally –iMean –EasySpeak Picture exchange –Grace –Picture Can Talk –iPrompts

16 Proloquo2go Assistiveware Available from iTunes £ Symbol grid system Text to speech Symbolstix symbols Automatic conjugations of verbs Edit on the device with backup on linked computer Suitable for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch New version due out in June 2012 ‒ Different users ‒ Different layouts on pages ‒ Clear action on button ‒ Stop scrolling mode ‒ Vocabulary packages to choose from

17 TalkTablet Gus Communications Inc Available from iTunes £59.99 Symbolstix Each page can have a different layouts Over 20 different “users” Restrict the editing feature “Actions” feature on buttons: enables more navigation possibilities with “go to home”, “go back” “go to page...” and “clear” options (clear all, clear last message)

18 Tap Speak Choice LLC Available from iTunes £99.99 Mayer Johnson PCS Symbols Create independent communication boards from “libraries” of vocabulary 1-56 messages on a board Scanning options, 1,2, step, sequential, row column and column row RJ Cooper Wireless Bluetooth Switch Interface 20 languages and 43 voices available for download Ability to lock out most editing functions/settings

19 Sono Flex Tobii Available from iTunes £69.99 Combines core and topic-based vocabulary 50+ pre-made context vocabularies 11,000+ SymbolStix® symbols Uses the camera and photo albums of the iPhone or iPad to create your own symbols 5 Acapela voices Suitable for iPhone, iPod, iPad

20 My Choice Pad Insane Logic Ltd Available from iTunes £74.99 Makaton® symbols, signs and videos Easy to use interface Uses 450 concepts from the Core Vocabulary Makaton language programme and option to purchase additional vocabulary as in-app purchases Videos for each of the signs in the Core Vocabulary provided to help remind you as the communication partner Suitable for iPad

21 TouchChat HD Silver Kite Available from iTunes £ Page sets - VocabPC, MultiChat-15, Primary and Spelling WordPower and Essence can also be purchased Tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the screen in large letters Synthesised or digitised voice 5 US English, 2 British English synthesized voices Suitable for iPad Different TouchChat app available for iPhone and iPod

22 Go Talk Now Attainment Company Available from iTunes £ locations per page Customizable backgrounds, borders, and text Record your own speech, or use text to speech voices Auditory cues give a brief verbal reinforcement before the selection of the desired button Place up to four of your most important messages into the core vocabulary Switch accessible Suitable for iPad

23 Speak for Yourself Speak for Yourself LLC Available from iTunes £ Consistent with motor learning principles to develop automaticity Uses core vocabulary to develop language Contains Pixon® symbols and almost 11,000 Smarty Symbols® Access to over 13,000 words, with no more than two touches to say a word Suitable for iPad

24 Grid Player Sensory Software Available from iTunes £0 Enables users of The Grid 2 to access their grids on mobile devices. Grid Player will come with three complete grid sets – Symbol Talker A, Symbol Talker B and Text Talker Suitable for iPhone iPod Touch and Papoo TouchiPad

25 Yes-No Smarty Ears Available from iTunes £1.49 Simple yes/no communication app Male and female voices Suitable for iPod, iPhone, iPad

26 Pictello AssistiveWare Available from iTunes £13.49 Create talking photo albums and talking books Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech Suitable for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone

27 Click n Talk Intermediate District 287 Available from iTunes £1.99 Talking photo album – attach text and voice to pictures Suitable for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad

28 Scene and Heard Therapy Box Available from iTunes £34.99 Widgit symbols added below a visual scene Access to 10,000 Widgit symbols Hot spots link to videos, messages or symbols Update will be switch accessible Suitable for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone

29 Predictable Therapy Box Available from iTunes £ Text to speech communication app Same word and next word prediction Direct access and switch access Auto scanning and user/step scanning Auditory feedback Synthesised speech with 9 voices Customisable phrase bank Send SMS, Facebook status update Suitable for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone

30 Verbally Intuary Available from iTunes £0 Core Words Grid - contains 50 essential words Core Phrases Grid - offers common phrases Text Prediction - learns the words you use Choice of 3 keyboard layouts or use a Bluetooth keyboard -just press Enter to Speak! Choice of male or female voice Suitable for iPad

31 iMean Michael Bergmann Available from iTunes £2.99 Saves what's been spelled Large YES and NO buttons in the main view 4 view options ‒ Large alphabetical keyboard ‒ full-screen qwerty keyboard ‒ numeric view for entering numbers ‒ editing view, which can be used to transfer the text to other applications such as word processing and mail Suitable for iPad

32 EasySpeak Farrell IT Ltd Available from iTunes £1.49 Predictive, interactive text-to-speech Dictionary of words and phrases that you can edit to suit your needs User-editable dictionary and phrase list Onscreen text prediction Up to 4 favourite phrases Acapela voices Suitable for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

33 Grace Available from iTunes £17.49 Non speaking, simple picture exchange system Select pictures to form a semantic sentence Comes with a basic vocabulary of pictures, but it can be customized using the device camera, stored photographs or using saved images Suitable for iPhone, iPod and iPad

34 Picture Can Talk Benster Tan Available from iTunes £ picture symbols Communication Boards ‒ Drag-n-drop or tap pictures into communication strip ‒ Play back voice by tapping picture(s) Multiple page sets/templates/boards Suitable for iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad

35 i Prompts Handhold adaptive Available from iTunes £34.99 Picture schedules Visual countdown timer Choice prompts Image library Suitable for iPhone, iPod and iPad

36 Protection Bubcap Otterbox iPad Defender Case iAdapter/2 Big Grips Frame Waterproof Satchel Laugh and Learn

37 Touch Enabling iPad stylus eTip Glove Keyguard

38 Mounting X Band Mounts and More Ltd Desk Mount Otterbox iPad Defender Case

39 Amplification Ligitech Tablet Speaker for iPad iMainGoiAdapter/2 X-mini II Portable speaker Jabra Bluetooth Speaker

40 Assistive Touch in iOS 5 Commands such as Rotate Screen, Lock Screen, Volume Up and Down, Shake and Mute/Unmute can all be executed by tapping Gestures involving multiple fingers can be accessed using one point of contact Settings / General / Accessibility / Assistive Touch / ON

41 Switch Access Blue2 Bluetooth Switch it-iClick iPad Switch Interface Therapy Box Switch Box

42 Switch Accessible Communication Apps Predictable Scene and Heard Tap Speak Choice Go Talk Now NB not all apps work with all switch interfaces

43 iPortal Accessibiltiy – Dynamic Controls Control your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad using your wheelchair joystick or speciality input iPortal power chair accessory that connects to an iPhone or iPod Touch to display wheelchair information in real time /iportalhttp://www.dynamiccontrols.com /iportal

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