<![CDATA[Each Wednesday, we will be bringing you an article of interest as it pertains to the topic of accessibility and we hope you can use it to become more familiar with this particular area. This has become a rapidly growing and very important area and why? Because the number of consumers in this market is growing and will continue to do so for the forseeable future. Governments, corporations, and individuals are paying more attention. Please read on. The Sterling Creations team Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld. +++++++++++++++ A Dan Thompson contribution Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs Good morning to all! I found this article to be quite useful. I have worked with a wide range of children with special needs and through this article learned of some communication devices I hadn't encountered. Hope this helps someone else as well. Have a great day. Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs Resources and ideas for teachers of learners with severe, profound, intensive, significant, complex or multiple special needs. Link to this article's page is below where are many more ideas and links to useful resources. http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com/Thursday, July 3, 2014 The Real Costs of Premium AAC Apps Today, Dynavox (found here): https://www.mydynavox.com/DynaVoxCompass#PremiumPagesets announced that some of the dynamic PODD communication program will be available for an additional $100 purchase on their T10 device https://www.mydynavox.com/Solutions/T10#MeetTheT10 and Dynavox Compass app. https://www.mydynavox.com/DynaVoxCompassApp#Overview The Compass app is by subscription only. Which got me thinking, how much does it really cost to use some of these apps? Especially ones by companies that also make stand along devices (legacy companies)? Description: Description: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7opW1fVVByw/U7YFmcAEiZI/AAAAAAAAmiM/DkRuvR2mDe8/s1 600/sono.jpg least expensive over five years $99.99 There is a lot of nickle and diming with some of the apps. You might pay extra for the voice or even more for a premium voice. You might pay extra for the more research based vocabularies (Gateway, WordPower, iEssence). You might pay extra for cloud storage to back up or share files. You might even have to pay extra for symbols! Some app companies are straight forward and the price is all inclusive Proloquo2Go, (A voice for those who cannot speak) http://www.assistiveware.com/product/proloquo2go AACorn, (The Intelligent AAC App for Children with Autism, Apraxia, Downs, Cerebral Palsy, and Delayed Language.) http://aacornapp.com/#index Speak For Yourself, (Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app: Changing the world, one voice at a time.) http://www.speakforyourself.org/ SonoFlex (an easy to use AAC vocabulary app that turns symbols into clear speech. It offers language to nonverbal users who are not yet in full control of literacy.) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sono-flex/id463697022?mt=8 and others find lots of little extras to charge you for For example: Go Talk Now, http://www.attainmentcompany.com/gotalk-now TouchChat, https://touchchatapp.com/ LAMP Words for Life http://aacapps.com/lamp/ and others are using a cost prohibitive subscription model unless you by one of their $5000 traditional AAC devices then they waive the subscription (Dynavox). This is not to say that there is anything inherently wrong with offering more of "pay-for-what-you-need" style app as long as companies are clear about what that in their app descriptions, advertisements and websites. Those of us who have been around a while notice that the "old time" companies like Dynavox, PRC (LAMP Words for Life), Saltillo (TouchChat) and Attainment (Go Talk Now) seem to be the ones trying to find every possible way to charge us without coming out and saying it. I understand they need to find a new business model that will allow them to stay afloat in a new post-iPad AAC world, but somehow I think this isn't the way to do it. Quality, beautiful, easy-to-use, research based products will have us in the field spending money. Add to that customer service, and not necessarily in the old way (call centers) but in new ways like through Facebook, Twitter, Skype and YouTube (and more) and setting up groups for customers to support each other. That is what will make money. Assuming AAC professionals and parents are stupid enough to fork over all sorts of money because your company is one of the oldest players on the field will not make money. Some the legacy companies mistook customer dependence for loyalty in the past! Also here is some free advice for AAC app companies: 1) schools and adult service agencies generally cannot make in app purchases because of how their purchase order system works 2) schools, adult service agencies and state rehabilitation and assistive technology agencies do not generally pay for subscriptions. They don't know their budget from year to year and they aren't able to pay for ongoing subscriptions for just a handful of clients 3) parents and agencies that do a fundraiser such as Gofundme are better off fundraising for one larger up front purchase than ceaseless fundraising to pay for subscriptions 3) people, schools and other agencies included are generally willing to pay for quality, complete solutions Description: Description: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-O8Oz0s6zDFM/U7YF5v85dUI/AAAAAAAAmic/F0B-o4S7Sz4/s1 600/dv+comp.jpg most expensive over five year $1499.95 I did a little cost analysis. This analysis assumes you will use a comprehensive vocabulary set, picture symbols for communication, a premium voice and some means of backing up your pages. The five year cost for some of the apps are as follows (click link below to see chart): . Sonoflex, * http://www.tobii.com/sonoflex . $99.99 . Go Talk Now * http://www.attainmentcompany.com/gotalk-now . $212.96 . . Proloquo2Go * http://www.assistiveware.com/product/proloquo2go . $219.00 . . Lamp Words for Life * http://aacapps.com/lamp/ . $299.99 ($1294.95 with iShare) . . TouchChat HD * https://touchchatapp.com/apps/in-app-purchases . $311.97 ($911.87 with iShare) . . Dynavox Compass * https://www.mydynavox.com/DynaVoxCompassApp#Overview . $1499.95 Here is the link to the table:. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1khMItMY9kyO_wgRsPwNq01w90O99-JpHtQQt6pRH obE/pub APP Platform Price (USD) Possible Additional Costs One Year Price Five Year Price Proloquo2Go iOS (universal) $219.99 includes a basic vocabulary and a comprehensive vocabulary, a full set of premium voices and SymbolStix none (includes all available languages and voices and all future updates and both Dropbox and iTunes sharing capability) $219.00 $219.00 TouchChat iOS iPhone iOS iPod Touch (not universal) $149.99 includes several basic vocabularies, voices and Symbolstix Most vocabularies are extra: WordPower Vocabulary $149.99 iEssence Vocabulary $99.99 Talk-About-AACVocabulary $49.99 Gateway $149.99 Pixon 60 $79.99 Foreign language packs are extra: Spanish Language Pack $159.99 Hebrew $149.99 Premium voices are extra: $11.99 each Sharing Server is extra: $59.99 every six months Assuming you want WordPower or Gateway, a premium child voice and a year of the sharing server $431.95 *note: you will pay more to have app in a useable form on iPad and iPhone/iPod Again with a WordPower or Gateway, a premium child voice and five years of the sharing server $911.87 TouchChat HD iOS iPad and iPad Mini $149.99 includes several basic vocabularies, voices and Symbolstix Most vocabularies are extra: WordPower Vocabulary $149.99 iEssence Vocabulary $99.99 Talk-About-AACVocabulary $49.99 Gateway $149.99 TouchChat Windows Editor $59.99 Pixon 60 $79.99 Foreign language packs are extra: Spanish Language Pack $159.99 Hebrew $149.99 Premium voices are extra: $11.99 each Sharing Server is extra: $59.99 every six months TouchChat Windows Editor $59.99 Assuming you want WordPower or Gateway, a premium child voice and a year of the sharing server $431.95 *note: you will pay more to have app in a useable form on iPad and iPhone/iPod Again with a WordPower or Gateway, a premium child voice and five years of the sharing server $911.87 Dynavox Compass iOS iPad Microsoft 8 Tablets free for 30 days includes: a number of vocabularies including WordPower, voices and Picture Communication Symbols free if you own the Dynavox T10 device at $4599.00 $299.00 a year for additional use includes a variety of pages including WordPower Premium Pages PODD $100 Gateway $119.99 $299.00 a year possible $399.00 if you want PODD or $419.98 if you want Gateway only the $4599.00 of the T10 if you buy that $1499.95 $1599.95 with PODD $1619.94 with Gateway only the $4599.00 of the T10 if you buy that Lamp Words for Life (Unity) iOS $299.99 includes 3 levels of Words for Life Vocabulary, Unity symbols and Innova voices, iTunes back up is available iShare Personal $199 a year iShare Professional $459 a year iShare Premium $749 a year (note Unity Connect option exists for current PRC device users, though iShare account prices remain) $299.99 or $498.99 with personal iShare $299.99 or $1294.99 with personal iShare Go Talk Now iOS $79.99 include no voices (uses iPad voice) or vocabulary), includes Imagine Symbols Voices range from $0.99 to $11.99 Symbols SymbolStix $49.99 Widgit $49.99 "Books" (vocabularies) doesn't come with any Ready-Set-Communicate $19.99 Talk All Day $19.99 AAC2Go Girl $79.99 AAC2Go Boy $79.99 $221.96 with one premium voice, one set of symbols and one of the more complex AAC2Go books $221.96 with one premium voice, one set of symbols and one of the more complex AAC2Go books Speak for Yourself iOS $199.99 Unity like design with little editing. Comes with Smarty Symbols and CereProc none $199.99 $199.99 AACorn iOS iPad $189.99 none $189.99 $189.99 Sonoflex iOS $99.99 none, but they will reduce the cost of a Tobii by $99 if you buy one after using the app $99.99 $99.99 Avaz]]>
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- Artificial or attitude? I am still trying to figure this one out and I have to admit that I may never be able to do so. This so-called artificial/attitude barrier has been around much longer than I and this is what it is. Too often, whenever someone with a disability is accompanied by either a friend or family member, they are asked if the accompanying person is a care giver. Recently, I was asked this same question when my friend accompanied me to a lab to have some tests done. The lab technician could not seem to stop herself in asking this question and she was very surprised when both my friend and I said in unison that we were friends. Why should she have been surprised? Was it that she along with so many others around us really do not expect us to have friends who accompany us to appointments? Or is it that they think we need care givers to escort us? Or is it simply that they just do not know what to ask? I do my best to be patient but sometimes I become frustrated and simply tell them that I do not need a care giver. Or I may just turn the question back to them and ask why do they think that my escort is my care giver? 99% of the time there is no response. One of my favourite memories is the day when my mom accompanied me to a pre op appointment and the medical assistant asked if mom was my nurse! On this occasion I could not help but burst into peals of laughter. My mom was speechless! After taking a-hold of myself I gently told the medical assistant that she was my mom; not my nurse. And very recently my friend and I accompanied my mom to the dentist and lo and behold! They thought my friend was a care giver and asked me for her phone number. When I told the staff that she was not our care giver but our friend they were shocked but at least had the manners to apologize. Just my two cents for today. Image: Five blue accessibility logos, hearing impaired, sign language, wheelchair, restroom with wheelchair and guide dog. To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com
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