Assistive Technology Devices, Software, and Apps
Assistive and Augmentative Technology (AAC), whether it is low- or high- tech, can be utilized to assist the communicatsion capacities of individuals with disabilities both in and out of the classroom. Listed below are various types of devices.
Include desktops, laptops, and netbooks. They can be customized to suit individual needs, and are well suited for lengthy communication, but are not as durable as dedicated communication devices.
A comparison of communication devices can be found here (.pdf)
NEO - This device is portable, rechargeable, and has a long battery life. It also allows for files to be downloaded to a computer.
iPad - The iPad does not have a keyguard, and its shiny surface may be distracting, but features variation in keyboards, voice output, and can run multiple tools through downloading various applications. Download Access an explanation on the iPad (.pdf) and a list of communication apps for the iPad (.pdf).
LightWRITER - This features two display windows to share messages and stores preprogrammed messages. It is also a light, portable, and durable device.
Vantage - The Vantage is a touch screen for access, and can compose message through combining icons and use of the keyboard. It is a medium weight device, but portable.
Dynavox-V+ - This is one of many products available through Dynavox Tech. The V has the capacity for regular computer access, contains preprogrammed messages in addition to a keyboard, and utilizes a touch screen.
Fusion - In addition to being light and portable, the Fusion contains word prediction and voice output features. It is good for lengthy communication.
IntelliKeys - A specialized keyboard for computer access, which can contain a variety of keyboard arrangements and keyguards for different keyboard layouts.
Letter Boards - Inexpensive and basic assistive technology devices. They can have alphabetical or QWERTY keyboards, or can include words such as “yes,” “no,” “stop,” and/or “help.” Well-constructed boards will also include punctuation, space, and delete keys. The link directs you to a sample letter board company; as a low-tech device they also can be made by hand.
Proloquo2Go: product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, close to 8000 up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a large default vocabulary, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
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Click here to access our comprehensive app spreadsheet, where you can explore the entire list of apps we most commonly recommend, or use the tabs at the bottom of the screen view this list broken down by categories.