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Some Alternative (And Cheaper) Communication Solutions for Those with Special Needs

I got this via Amy Seto. There's some alternative communication solutions for those with special needs.

There are some augmentative and alternative communication applications available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. These programs are much less inexpensive than the large devices our consumers might get from school or Medi-Cal, and easier to carry around.

Voice4u is a revolutionary AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) application that helps individuals to express their feeling, thought, actions and things they need. http:// (about $30)

Proloquo2Go™ is a new product from AssistiveWare that provides a full- featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch. (about $200 plus cost of iPod, iPhone)

The TapToTalk Nintendo App turns a Nintendo DS, DSi, DSi XL or DS Lite into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Children love to use TapToTalk on a Nintendo because these gadgets are cool and they don't stand out when they use them. Parents love them because they are ultra-portable, sturdy and economical. At home, at school, or out in the community, a child can use TapToTalk to communicate anytime, anywhere.
There is also a PECS application for iPod Touch.


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