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Augmentative Communication


  • Voice -Output Communication Devices

  • ALT Chat (Saltillo) - digitized (recorded) and synthesized (computer generated) speech, dynamic display, offers all of the communication features of the PDA based ChatPC products

  • Apple iPad – 32 GB, WiFi only; variety of apps for trialing

  • Apple iPod Touch with Proloquo2Go - dynamic display, hand-held, synthesized/digitized speech, more for symbol-based communication

  • Attainment Talkers – low tech, 24 messages with 10 seconds per message location, slim and compact, digitized speech recording

  • Base Trainer - four 3"x4" switch plates & 2" Velcro platform for placing objects

  • BigMac switches(Able Net)- single message, large target, digitized speech

  • Chat PC (Saltillo) dynamic display, hand-held, synthesized/digitized speech

  • ChatBox- (Saltil10)- 4 location, switch accessible, digitized speech

  • ChaterVox – voice amplification system (not the same as FM System)

  • Dynavox products:

    • AccessIT – allows for wireless access to Windows®-based computers

    • DynaWrite- "type and talk", synthesized/digitized speech, need typing skills

    • M3 (Dynavox Systems)- dynamic display, digitized speech, more for students with no to low literacy skills, emergent communicators (upgrade of Mo Series)

    • Mighty Mo (Dynavox Systems)- dynamic display, digitized speech, more for students with no to low literacy skills
    • Mini Mo (Dynavox Systems)- smaller version of Mighty Mo


    • DV4 (Dynavox Systems)- dynamic display, synthesized/digitized speech

      • (upgrade of 3100)

    • MT4 (Dynavox Systems) - smaller dynamic display, synthesized/digitized speech (upgrade of 3100)

    • V/V+ (Dynavox Systems) - smaller dynamic display, synthesized/digitized speech, virtual scenes (upgrade of MT4)

    • Vmax (Dynavox Systems)- dynamic display, synthesized/digitized speech, virtual scenes (upgrade of DV4)

    • Maestro - dynamic display, synthesized/digitized speech, virtual scenes, built-in wireless capability

    • EyeMax – electronic eye gaze system; must be used in conjunction with Vmax device

    • Xpress - handheld augmentative communication device, synthesized/digitized speech, virtual scenes

    • Keyguards for DV4 -8 & 15 location

    • Keyguards for MT4 -12 & 20 location

  • Go Talk (Attainment) – 4/9/20 message keys with 4 distinct levels

  • Go Talk Pocket – 6 message keys with 5 levels

  • Go Talk Express – 32 message keys with 5 levels, auditory and visual cuing capabilities

  • Hand-held Voice (Mayer Johnson) -dynamic display, hand-held, digitized speech

  • Handheld Portable Impact (Enkidu) - handheld dynamic display, synthesized/digitized speech
  • iChat3 (Dynavox)- dynamic display, hand-held, synthesized/digitized speech, more for symbol-based communication


  • iTalk 2 - digitized speech, allows for two communication spaces

  • LEO -pre-recorded, digitized speech messages, scan capability, virtual scenes

  • LittleMac switches(Able Net)- single message, large target, digitized speech

  • Lightwriter- "type and talk", DECtalk speech synthesizer, Keyboard Layout:  QWERTY & ABC, need typing skills

  • On the Go 7 Level Communicator - adjustable location of 1,2,4,8,16 location, digitized speech, multiple overlays

  • Mount’n Mover Evaluation Kit – adjustable, universal mounting system for communication devices; includes mount plates for Maestro, Dynavox V, Vantage Lite, and AbleNet

  • Palmtop3 (Dynavox)- dynamic display, hand-held, synthesized/digitized speech

  • Pocket Coach

  • Pocket Go Talk

  • Pocket Talker (Attainment) 5 messages, digitized speech

  • Prentke Romich products:

    • ECO-14 (PRC)- synthesized/digitized speech, dynamic display, Minspeak software, virtual scenes (upgrade of Vanguard/Vantage)

    • Pathfinder (PRC)- 128 location, static and dynamic displays, synthesized speech, Minspeak software

    • Vantage (PRC) and Vantage Lite- synthesized/digitized speech, dynamic display, Minspeak software

    • Vantage Plus with or without Word Power/Picture Word Power

    • Springboard Plus w/PCS symbols (PRC) - digitized speech, dynamic display, Minspeak software
    • Springboard Lite - digitized speech, dynamic display, Minspeak software, smaller in size than Springboard Plus


    • Springboard (PRC) - digitized speech, dynamic display, Minspeak software

  • ProxTalker – moveable picture communication system, uses synthesized speech but allows for digitized recordings

  • Say-It! SAM Communicator v.3 - handheld dynamic display, synthesized/digitized speech

  • Short Stacks Books –used to support teaching Unity language

    • Do You Like…?

    • I am…


    • I Feel…


    • I Need…


    • I Want…(fast food)

    • Where…?

  • Step by Step Communicator (AbleNet) single message or messages sequence, digitized speech

  • Switch Modifier

  • Talk 4- 12 level communicator, 4 location, digitized speech, scanning option

  • Talk 8- 12 level communicator, 8 location, digitized speech, scanning option

  • Talkable III with Icon Holder- digitized speech, allows for joint communication and device activation simultaneously,

  • Techspeak (AMDI) -32 location, digitized speech, multiple overlays

  • TechTalk (AMDI) -8 location, digitized speech, multiple overlays

  • TechScan 8 (AMDI)- 8 location, digitized speech, multiple overlays, LED prompt lights embedded in the grid, Beeping tone available to augment visual cues

  • TechFour (AMDI) -4 location, digitized speech, multiple overlays

  • Visually Impaired Communicator (medium)- 8 location, digitized speech, intensive background illumination
  • Wrist Talker – portable one message communicator, up to 10 seconds, digitized speech



Augmentative Communication Software and Resources

  • 4 Compartment Scanning Communicator with Icon Holders

  • Boardmaker v.6 (Mayer Johnson) picture symbol clip art program

  • Boardmaker Plus v.6 (PC & Mac)

  • Boardmaker Studio v.1

  • Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro

  • Boardmaker library add-ons:

    • Beyond Boardmaker I, II, & III

    • Curriculum Companions:

      • What’s the Weather?

      • From Here to There

      • Community Faces and Places

      • Your Body Inside and Outside

      • Healthy Choices

    • Early Learning Suite

    • Dynasyms for Boardmaker (Dynavox) – symbol collection for Boardmaker

    • PCS Animations I&II

    • Picture This - photo collection for Boardmaker

    • Print'n Communicate -ready-to-make communication book for Boardmaker

    • Print'n Eat - ready-to-make communication book for Boardmaker

    • Print'n Leam Community Units - pre-made Boardmaker resources

    • Print'n Leam Thematic

    • Quick and Easy Classroom-pre-made overlays for nonverbal students for Boardmaker

      • Can be used with AAC devices that use overlays

      • Has a video tape of use
    • Reference Guides for Life (CD) – reference guides designed to increase independence in organization, personal safety, self-advocacy, stress management, problem solving, communication and relationships in the community


    • Social School Stories- use with Boardmaker or Boardmaker Plus

    • Units- pre-made Boardmaker resources

  • DynaGuide – Dynavox training and user guide on CD

  • Flip & Talk- communication display books to attach to communication devices

  • PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display) – software to create communication books

  • Proloquo 2.0 - multilingual speech and communication solution for Mac OS X

  • Word Power for Pathfinder (PRC)

  • Word Power for Vantage (PRC)


AAC Resource Books:

  • Art for Me Too- book of pre-made art communication displays

  • Communication Displays for Engineering Preschool Environments- pre-made display book

  • Communication Overlays for Engineering Training Environments- pre-made display book

  • UNITS- book of pre-made classroom communication displays

  • Visual Strategies by Linda Hodgdon (Book and CD Series available)

  • Who, What, & Why- book of pre-made communication displays and activities that address “wh” questions (Also CD available)


Writing Tools and Resources
Hardware and devices:

  • Acer Aspire One – netbook processor

  • Co:Writer applet for NEO

  • Dana - portable word processor, Palm OS

    • Write OutLoud To Go- talking word processor

    • Inspiration for Palm OS

  • Dell

  • Franklin handheld products
    • Franklin Homework Wiz


    • Franklin Speaking Homework Wiz

    • Franklin Speaking Spelling Ace

  • Fusion – portable word processor

    • Fusion compact Flash Card with Reader

  • Livescribe products:

    • Echo Smartpen – note taking digital recorder

    • Pulse Smartpen – note taking digital recorder

  • Lottie Kit- kit of lo tech solutions for reading and writing (see Other Lo Tech Tools Available)

  • Magnetic wipe-off board

  • Mini keyboard (USB)

  • NEO - portable word processor (upgrade of Alphasmart which is being discontinued)

    • Text to speech option also available

  • NEO2 – portable word processor, includes AplhaWord Plus and KeyWords, wireless transfer capabilities

  • PC6- portable word processor

  • Quickpad- portable word processor

  • Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC


Software:

  • Cricksoft products:

  • Clicker 5 (Cricksoft)-talking word processor with graphics option, multimedia (PC & Mac)

  • Clicker Paint (Cricksoft)

  • Cloze Pro (Cricksoft)

  • Find Out & Write About- pre-made Clicker grids that can be integrated into the curriculum

    • Ancient Egyptians

    • Animals of Cold Lands

    • Animals of Hot Lands

    • Dinosaurs

    • Explorers

    • Life Cycles


  • Penfriend (Cricksoft)

  • Word Bar (Cricksoft)

  • Don Johnston products:

  • Co: Writer*- word prediction and grammar coach for use with word processor

  • Draft :Builder- writing and graphic organizer moves students through writing process

  • SOLO- 3 programs in 1

    • Draft :Builder (writing organizer)

    • Read OutLoud (eText reader)

    • Write OutLoud (talking word processor)

  • Dragon Dictate for Mac v. 2.0 - continuous voice recognition program

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking v. 11- continuous voice recognition program (PC only)

  • Inspiration- graphic organizer

  • Intellitools products:

  • Classroom Suite version 4 - 3 programs in 1 (K-8)

    • Intellitalk 4

    • IntelliPicStudios 4

    • Intellimathics 4

  • Intellitalk 3- talking word processing (and authoring) program

  • Intellitools Access Pac software

    • Overlay Maker

    • Click-It

    • Intellipics

  • Stage Assessment Software – All in One - seven-level developmental framework that describes a learner's cognitive and language abilities

  • Just My Type- typing tutor for use with user-customized text (for Mac)

  • Kidspiration- graphic organizer (for K-2)

  • KeyStrokes 4.0 for Mac OS/X – on-screen keyboard (Mac only)
  • Kurzweil 3000 v.12 (PC) & Mobile- scanning/screen reading program


  • Kurzweil 3000 (Mac)- scanning/screen reading program

  • Mac Speech Dictate - continuous voice recognition program (Mac only)

  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing –typing tutorial

  • Picture It- simpler edition of PixWriter

  • PixWriter WOW- talking word processor with graphics option

  • Read & Write Gold v.10 (PC) & v.4 (Mac)- scanning/screen reading program , talking word processor, word prediction

  • Read & Write Gold 10 Mobile - scanning/screen reading program , talking word processor, word prediction (PC only)

  • Talking Typing Teacher- typing tutor with voice output

  • Unity Symbols for Writing with Symbols Via Voice Millennium - continuous voice recognition program (for Mac)

  • WiViK On-screen keyboard vers. 3

  • Wordsmith- scanning/screen-reading program with Text Help features

  • WordQ - word prediction and grammar coach for use with word processor, has speech output

    • SpeakQ – speec-to-text add-in to be used with WordQ

  • Write:OutLoud*- talking word processor with Franklin Spellchecker

  • Writing Activities- for use with Speaking Dynamically Pro

  • Writing with Symbols 2000- talking word processor for creating rebus/symbol materials

  • WYNN- scanning/screen-reading program


Reading Resources
Software:

  • AbleNet Guided Reading Activities- emerging literacy ideas for multi-handicapped students

      • If You Give a Pig a Pancake
      • Hello Toes, Hello Feet


      • Silly Sally

      • Together

Attainment products:

    • Functional Words

    • Grocery Words

    • Basic Signs

  • Edmark software:

    • Imagination Express: Neighborhood

    • Imagination Express: Rainforest

    • Stanley's Sticker Stories

  • eReader- on screen text reader, highlighting capabilities

  • Earobics- phonological awareness exercises

  • Step 1 and Step 2

  • Adolescents and Adults

  • Hands on Reading- CD and Resource Book, use with Boardmaker and Boardmaker Plus

  • Intellitools products:

  • Balanced Literacy Kit (1ntellitools)- a first grade reading curriculum supplement, accessible

  • Classroom Suite version 4

  • Intellitools Hands on Concepts Kits

  • Stage Assessment Software – All in One - seven-level developmental framework that describes a learner's cognitive and language abilities

  • Kurzweil 3000 v.12 (PC) & Mobile- scanning/screen reading program

  • Kurzweil 3000 (Mac)- scanning/screen reading program

  • Laureate Language Training-Early Vocabulary

    • Creature Chorus

    • Exploring First Verbs

    • Exploring First Words

    • Exploring First Words I1

    • First Categories

    • First Verbs

    • First Words

    • First Words I1

    • Simple Sentences
    • Twenty Categories


  • My Own Bookshelf- ebook organization to promote independent reading and literacy interaction

  • R.A.P.S (Reading Activities Project for Older Students) - targeting older students (upper elementary and middle school students), build language, social, literacy, sequencing, and self-help skills in a highly enjoyable way

    • CD –makes three stories in book interactive

  • Read & Write Gold v.10 (PC) & v.4 (Mac)- scanning/screen reading program , talking word processor, word prediction

  • Read & Write Gold 10 Mobile - scanning/screen reading program , talking word processor, word prediction (PC only)

  • Show Me Spelling

  • Start-to-Finish Books- high-interest, low reading level series; audiocassette/CD/paperback sets

    • Classic Adventure

        • Treasure Island

        • The Red Badge of Courage

        • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • Classic Literature

        • King Lear

        • Romeo and Juliet

        • Macbeth

    • Sports Biographies Overcoming the Odds

        • Ali: the Greatest

        • FloJo: The Story of Florence Griffith Joyner

        • Home Run Heroes

    • A Step into History

        • Harriet Tubman: the Moses of Her People

        • Frederick Douglass: A Hero for All Times

        • Rosa Park, Freedom Fighter

        • I am Vallejo

        • On Strike! The Story of Cesar Chavez

        • Border Crossing

    • Famous Short Stories

    • Sherlock Holmes Mysteries:

        • Silver Blaze

        • The Adventure of the Speckled Band

        • A Scandal in Bohemia

    • Nick Ford Mysteries:

        • Grave Robber

        • Cross Bow Killer: Mystery at Yellowstone

        • Alcatraz: The Rock

        • The Knight of the Loch Ness Monster

        • Big Ben is Dead

        • The Secret of Old Mexico

  • Start-to-Finish Core Content

      • Amazing Creatures of the Galapagos

      • Fighting for Freedom: African Americans in the Civil War

      • The Search for Life on Mars

      • Understanding Volcanoes and Earthquakes

  • Start-to-Finish Literacy Starter- age-appropriate reading materials for struggling readers, CD-ROM and hardback copies included

    • Plants-Science and Surroundings

        • Let's Do Plants

        • A Person or a Plant?

        • Shop Ti1 I Drop

    • Sports-Safe& and Success

        • Wear a Helmet

        • Hall of Fame

        • Play Ball!

    • Early Settlers-Changes and Challenges

        • When Your Work is Done

        • Better Butter

        • My Town-Long Ago!

    • Volcanoes-Force and Fury

        • A Blast,from the Past

        • Hot and Burning
        • Run for Your Life!


    • Recycling-Cash in the Trash

        • Snowballs in the Desert

        • Down in the Dumps

        • CanIt!

    • Life Cycles-Birth and Beyond

        • A Butterfly is Born

        • Look How Things Change

        • I Made a Frog

      • Six Legs and Counting

        • Don’t Bug Me

        • My One and Only Date

      • Loretta Gets a Zebra

        • I Can Do That

        • Not Until You’re 16

  • Thinking Reader- high-quality, unabridged novels in digital format, CD-ROM with 6 copies of paperback, grades 5-8

    • My Brother Sam is Dead

    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    • The Giver

    • Bridge to Terabithia

    • Esperanza Rising

    • Bud, Not Buddy

    • Dragonwings

    • A Wrinkle in Time

    • Tuck Everlasting

  • Writing with Symbols 2000- talking word processor for creating rebus/symbol materials

  • WYNN- scanning/screen-reading program

  • Wordsmith- scanning/screen-reading program with Text Help features


Other reading resources:

  • Bookworm- programmable reader to promote independent reading

  • Classmate Reader (Don Johnston) – portable text reader, provides auditory and visual support

  • Digital talking book players and head sets
  • Lottie Kit- lit of lo tech solutions for reading and writing (see Other Lo Tech Tools Available)


  • PortaBook – lightweight bookstand, 5 different angles

  • Quicktionary Reading Pen

  • Simon S.I.0.- multi-level phonics instruction engages struggling readers for the computer

    • Stage 1 and Stage 2

  • WordMaker- phonics, phonemic awareness and spelling program for the computer


Math
Software:

  • Access To Math- talking math worksheets

  • Attainment Collection:

    • Basic Coins

    • First Money

    • Match Time

    • Show Me Math- Addition/Subtraction & Multiplication/Division

    • Spending Money

    • Making Change

    • Time Scales

    • CD-Rom Bundle

  • Attainment Big Bundle

  • CalcuScan- on-screen talking calculator

  • Classroom Store Works- software to create and run a store in your classroom

  • Geometer's Sketchpad- interactive software for exploring math

  • Intellimathics- virtual manipulatives, talking processor


Other math resources:

  • Audio/Visual/Sensory timers

  • Lottie Kit for Math-kit of lo tech solutions for math (see Other Lo Tech Tools Available)

  • Math Exercises for Nonreaders- book of math activities for nonreaders

  • Time Timers- visual timers

  • TI 15 Fraction and Decimal calculator



Resources for Blind/Vision Impaired


  • Aladdin Sunshine Pro- desktop video magnifier, color and b/w options

  • BigShot Screen Magnifier- screen enlargement software (PC)

  • Boost Personal Video Magnifier

  • BrailleNote mPowerBT 32 – 32 cell refreshable Braille display, speech output

  • Braille 'n Speak 2000- Braille-input notetaking device

  • CCTV (closed circuit TV) with viewing table

  • Clarity PCMate- portable video magnifier, connects to a laptop via USB

  • FarView - video magnifier offering close-up and distance viewing capabilities, in a stylish and ultra-compact design

  • Inlarge - screen enlargement software (mac)

  • Intel Reader – portable camera that takes pictures of digital text, coverts into digital format for magnification and/or audio playback

  • Jaws for Windows 9.0 – screen reader

  • Kurzweil 1000- scanning/screen reading program

  • Magic Professional –screen magnification software (PC)

  • Optelec Compact+ - ultra-slim pocket video magnifier

  • QuickLook Video Magnifier- portable handheld magnifier

  • Sapphire Portable Video Magnifier

  • Telex reader– for listening to audio books on CD

  • Trekker Breeze Talking GPS

  • Victor Reader Classic X Plus – for listening to audio books on CD

  • Victor Reader Stream – for listening to audio books in mp3, wav, etc. format

  • ZoomText Xtra- screen enlargement/screen reading (PC)


**If you have further questions about resources, contact DCIU Vision Department at 610-938-9000

Resources for Deaf / Hard-OfHearing
**Items can be borrowed by contacting DCIU Hearing Department at 610-938-9000, or by using PaTTAN Short Term Loan.

Switch Access & Computer Access


  • 4 Compartment Scanning Communicator with Icon Holders

  • Adjustable mounting system

  • All-Turn-It- spinner that is switch accessible, supports participation in the classroom

  • Apple Magic TrackPad – Requires Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer with Mac OS X v.10.6.4 or later

  • Big Keys LX – USB keyboard with QWERTY layout and enlarged buttons; yellow color-coded keys

  • BIG Trac- plug & play alternate mouse with oversized buttons, trackball

  • Choose It! Maker 2 software

  • Early and Advanced Switch Games

  • Ergonomic Optical Mouse- two way rocker button fits thumb, scrolling feature

  • FrogPad- one handed keyboard (right handed & left handed)

  • Gooseneck Mounting System with ball joint

  • Intellikeys- alternative keyboard (Classic and USB)

  • Intellikeys keyguards

    • 2,3,4,6 locations

    • 9,12,15,20 locations

    • Set of 5

  • iTools:

    • Big Button iPod – switch accessibility for iPod

    • iPad Cordless Switch Interface

    • iPod Stand with speakers

  • Kid Trac Trackball

  • Kidz Keys –child-size keyboard

  • Kidz Mouse –child-size mouse

  • Micro Trac- handheld trackball, ideal for laptops
  • Non-Adjustable Proximity Sensor Kit


  • Overlay Maker v3.1- create overlays to be used with Intellikeys

  • Powerlink 4- switch access for appliances and other electricity operated devices

  • Slant boards

  • Switches

    • JellyBeans

    • Poppin’ Hopping switches

    • Wobble Switch on base

    • Big Macs

    • Rocking Plate switch

    • Jumbo switch with Latch timer

    • Pal Pad (mini & small) –ultra thin switches

    • Micro Light switch

    • Mini vibrating switch

    • Vibrating plate switch

    • Adjustable finger tip pressure switch

    • Finger tip switch

    • Fabulous Five switch

    • Pancake switch

    • Pinch switch

    • Twitch switch

  • Switch Access software

    • SwitchOn Travel

    • Teen Tunes

    • Press to Play

    • Shop Ti1 You Drop

    • Single Switch Collection

    • Switch Jam

    • Super Switch

  • Switch It! Maker 2 software

  • Slim Armstrong Switch mount

  • Swifty & Beam – adaptive switch interface the size of a flash drive & infrared switch transmitter that can accommodate up to 5 switches

  • Tash Joystick

  • Tracker Pro (head pointer)

  • Traxsys Roller II Joystick

  • TouchMonitor from ELO – works with PC & Mac

  • Touchscreens

  • Vertical Mouse 4 (left & right)

  • Wireless USB Switch Interface

Toys and devices that are switch accessible:


  • Adapted Birthday Cake

  • Adaptive Toy Kit

  • Bubble Machine

  • Curious George

  • Elmo-Bird’s the Word

  • Hi Ho Cherry game

  • Hungry Hungry Hippo game

  • Matching Picture Lotto/Bingo game

  • Motorized Glitter Roll Music Box

  • Mr. Potato Head

  • Music Box

  • Music & Light Caterpillar

  • Peek-a-Boo Mirror switch with light

  • Rainbow Pig (Mr. Bacon)

  • Rainforest Waterfall

  • Sing Along CD player

  • Sing & Play Monkey

  • Singing Pizza Elmo

  • Thomas the Tank Engine

  • Two Tunes TV

  • View-Master Reels – Boys and Girls version


Other Lo Tech Tools Available


  • Audio/Visual/Sensory timers

  • Free hand desk clamp

  • Logitech Quick Cam – to be used with a computer

  • LoTTIE kits:

    • General LoTTIE kit

    • LoTTIE kit for Math

    • LoTTIE kit for Literacy

    • LoTTIE kit Special Papers

    • LoTTIE kit Colors

    • LoTTIE kit for Little Kids

    • LoTTIE kit for Organization

    • LoTTIE Star Kit-Senior

  • Magnetic wipe-off board

  • Main Street: Community Science

  • My School Day- social skills builder

  • PortaBook – portable lightweight bookstand, 5 different angles

  • Time Timers- visual timers

  • TI 15 Fraction and Decimal calculator


iPod and iPad Tools

  • Apple iPad – 32 GB, WiFi only; variety of apps for trialing
  • Apple iPod Touch with Proloquo2Go - dynamic display, hand-held, synthesized/digitized speech, more for symbol-based communication

  • Apple iPod Touch with Functional Skills Videos (from The Conover Company)

Accessories:

  • Big Button iPod – switch accessibility for iPod

  • iPad Cordless Switch Interface

  • iPod Stand with speakers











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