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Individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and their families have new expectations for life after high school, including attending college, becoming employed, managing personal assistance services and transportation, and having intimate relations. However, the vocabulary needed to support these socially-valued adult roles is frequently not be available in pre-programmed devices nor in commonly used visual symbol systems. This website contains vocabulary needed to participate in 8 socially-valued adult roles:
– College Life
– Emergency Preparedness
– Employment
– Sexuality, Intimacy, and Sex
– Reporting Crime and Abuse
– Managing Personal Assistance Services
– Managing Health Care, and
– Using Transportation

As read in TechCrunch: Intuary, a mobile app startup, recently launched its first app, called Verbally, which is designed to bring speech to those without. Verbally is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solution built for the more than six million people in the U.S. suffering from speech disabilities — caused by Lou Gherig’s Disease, stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, autism, and more. The app allows users to tap the words they wish to communicate onto the app’s keyboard, or choose from pre-prepared words or phrases, which are then in turn transmitted into audio phrases.
More here.

An Android version is also to be released soon.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) offers a white paper as a means for raising issues related to mobile technologies and AAC Apps and to encourage discussion and collaboration among AAC stakeholders. In order to gather information in a timely manner, they interviewed more than 25 AAC “thought leaders” between January and March, 2011, representing multiple stakeholder groups. Interviews were conducted by phone, e-mail and Skype.
This white paper is available as a downloadable pdf.

Also mentioned in Access Technology Newsletter 10 31: LiterAACy approaches reading and writing skills in a new way that makes critical communication skills more accessible to the disabled. The vocabulary system categorizes words by their first letter so that users with knowledge of the initial sound of a word can quickly access it. On average a user can access up to 3,000 words by just two key presses.