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April 2016
AT for Communication 

iPad App of the Month:
Verbally 
 

Price: FREE Lite version

Department: Medical 

Description:
Verbally is an easy-to-use, comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for the iPad. Verbally brings speech to those without and enables real conversation with its simple, intuitive design. Just tap in what you want to say and Verbally speaks for you.


Link to App Store: 
 

Resources for Communication

 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 

    

   

Source:

NIDCD. gov 



AT for Communication
 


      
Amplified Phone  (in our loan closet! Check it out at AT4ALL!)


   
10 Second Single Message Communicators  (in our loan closet! Check it out at AT4ALL! )

These items and more can be found at  Amazon.com or  via specialized vendors 
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AT for Communication

Assistive technology helps to solve everyday communication challenges.
From amplification devices to text to speech apps, there are a variety of AT tools that enable individuals of all abilities to communicate more effectively . Find what suits you best through demonstration and loan at al.at4all

Have a resource to share? Contact us at tasc@ucphuntsville.org .

Visit  www.startraining.org  for a list of upcoming trainings, as well as our remodeled site, modules, and resources!
Amplification
 & Voice Banking
 
Individuals who can speak might just need a little boost. PA or Personal Amplification systems (in our loan closet) are an easy, portable way to raise your voice without extra effort. These PA systems can be attached to belt loops or Velcro-ed to the front of wheelchairs! 

Voice banking is a very important tool for individuals who may lose their voice due to illness or disability. There are many different ways to "save" your voice, including 
recordable books, recordable picture frames and  recordable toys, which can all be found in our al.at4all library. If you are interested in banking phrases for communication devices, programs like  Audacity, Model Talker, and Microsoft Sound Recorder are great for recording sound files. 

Please check out our ALS, Voice Banking  and Speech Amplification Module for more information and ideas. 

  
AAC and SGD

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices help those with communication difficulties effectively express feelings, emotions, and ideas. Speech Generating Devices (SGD) take those thoughts and verbally speak them aloud. These devices can include iPads, communication books, eye-gaze computers, simple one button communicators, and so much more.  

Apps that are not picture or symbol based include  Predictable, Verbally, CommunicAide, and  urVoice. These programs will speak what you type. 

Apps that are good for picture based communication include  CoughDrop, LAMP Words for Life, Proloquo2Go, and SonoFlex

Tobii Dynavox is a company that develops eye-gaze systems--computer like devices that track pupil movement so individuals with limited movement can still communicate.  

Simple communication devices can include Mini Comm Single Message CommunicatorsiTalk2, or the 30 Second Big Point. These devices are ways to easily communicate simple sentences and needs, or can be used as practice devices for more complicated technologies when needed. 

Look what's  new for  loan @al.at4ll

- For loan 
- lightweight, soft plastic material that grips smooth or ribbed bottle caps for easy opening leverage. This is a great product for arthritic hands.

-For Loan
Securely holds various sized handles, including feeding utensils, writing instruments and grooming aids.

 Brought to you by STAR, a program of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with T.A.S.C., a program of UCP Huntsville.
1 800-STAR-656 
256-859-4900