First bilingual voice for AAC

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AssistiveWare released version 1.1 of their Proloquo4Text AAC app for iOS which adds the first ever bilingual American Spanish voices. The same voice is used in speaking both languages, allowing bilingual users to maintain voice identity. Voice identity is important developmentally for younger users and Proloquo4Text's two child voices (Emilio and Valeria) are particularly welcome. …

Skill Building Apps

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The NATRC has recently added three new iPad apps from BinaryLabs, Inc. that help children and adults with fine motor skills, letter reversing, and spatial reasoning. 1. Dexteria - Fine Motor Skill Development Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s …

Guided Access: The Basics

With Apple's recent update to iOS 6, Guided Access is one of the new features for accessibility and learning on iDevices. iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities …

The impact of assistive technology on young children with disabilities

Assistive technology can be a great resource for young children with disabilities who are developing language and literacy skills. The Center for Early Literacy Learning recently published this study to demonstrate just how beneficial assistive technology can be:. The effectiveness of different types of assistive technology for promoting the early communication and literacy abilities of …

iAlertTag—keeping tags on modern iOS AAC devices and AT

While iOS devices are relatively inexpensive compared with older AAC devices and pocket devices; they still represent a substantial investment as well as being very important for the user. One solution for the misplaced device is the iAlertTag. It is one of the new Bluetooth 4 accessories that will change the way we communicate with …

AirStrap Med iPad case for healthcare professionals has great AT potential

AirStrap Med brings the convenience and security of Griffins AirStrap case to the demanding environment of healthcare settings.AirStrap Med is designed to make using iPad 2 and iPad 3rd gen. in healthcare settings easier, safer and more comfortable. Using the wide, comfortable hand strap on the back of the case, its much easier to hold …

Using Siri to select words and start a car

As in an ear lie post, Getting Siri to work with a radio thermostat, this article highlights the potential applications, such as searching and choosing a word. The ability to open locked doors, close the binds and control heating and cooling (environmental controls) will enable more individuals to operate independently. The consumerization of these technologies will …

Verbally

Verbally is an iPad application designed to be used as an Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) device.  This application is intended for people who are nonverbal or have difficulties in expressive communication. It can be used as a communication aid for people with apraxia, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Cerebral Palsy (CP), …