Communication

Using the TrackerPro with Predictable for Android

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
9 AM Pacific, Noon Eastern

Learn how to use the Android version of Predictable; exploring the sophisticated self learning word prediction; the customisation options and social media integration.

AbleNet University presents a session showing how to use the Android version of Predictable; exploring the sophisticated self learning word prediction; the customisation options and social media integration.

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Brain Computer Interfaces: Future technology that may assist people with ALS with communication and other tasks

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

ASLA presents the progress in and potential for brain computer interfaces.

According to the ALS Association: "The concept of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology is a topic of interest for many individuals and the families of individuals who experience significant physical limitations, including those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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What Smartphone Should I Buy if I'm Hearing Impaired?

Buying a smart phone involves a lot of decisions and their are tools to help you in your selection.

Individuals who are hearing impaired and use a hearing aid will want a cellphone that is most compatible with hearing aides. (Compatibility means least likelihood of microphone interference and greatest likelihood of telecoil coupling compatibility with the cell phone.)

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Pinterest Collections: Aug Com Apps & More

Pinterest is a way of collecting images and links on any topic. A number of folks, including Speech and Language Pathologists, are using it to highlight their favorite products and strategies. 

To get an idea of what's available, try one of these:

Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP: Ms. Enders has a collection of boards with cases, speakers, stylii, mounting systems,  free apps, apps by category, etc. She has over 12,900 pins.

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Simple Communication Tools on the iPad

Thursday, June 28, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

See apps on an iPad that emulate and improve on simple 1-4 button communication devices.

In this archived webinar, you will see apps on an iPad that emulate and improve on simple 1-4 button communication devices.

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How Stephen Hawking Uses a Computer (Switches and Scanning)

You might wonder how Stephen Hawking can operate his computer and tell it what to say. He uses a single switch activated by the movement of a muscle in his cheek along with some specialized software that presents choices that narrow down to what he wants to say or do. This article discusses the range of switches and related software that allow anyone with a single consistent motion they can control to use a computer.

Switches

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Real Time Captioning for Employment and Work Settings (Captioning and CART)

CCAC logoPrepared by the CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning, a voluntary grass-roots advocacy and education network, see www.ccacaptioning.org)

October 2011

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AAC and People with Autism

Difficulty generating and understanding language is a common diagnostic criterion for autism. Augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) strategies and equipment may be useful for helping people with autism express themselves. This article summarizes current research into considerations in AAC use for people with autism.

AAC Strategies

Deborah Nunes’ 2008 article summarizing research about AAC interventions reached the following conclusions based on existing research:

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Picture Symbol Systems for AAC

Picture symbol systems provide more concrete representations of concepts than abstract non-verbal systems such as Blissymbolics. Some sets of pictures have been designed specifically use for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) use; others are serendipitously useful. This article lists several sets of pictorial symbols and describes both their salient characteristics and how they are being used.

Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) (Mayer-Johnson)

PCS is an expanding set of symbols that use cartoon-like drawings. The Mayer-Johnson has 12,000 images in its PCS library. 

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