Posted by Gillian McNeill on the 24th June, 2020
The CALL Scotland 'wheel' of Apps provides a categorised guide to iPad Apps for individuals with complex communication support needs, who may need to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). First published in 2014, I'm pleased to share now that it has had it's 2020 refresh and update.
Of the Apps included, many have been tried and tested by us or have been recommended by others. We have included a range of Apps for supporting different communication needs and included those which are more or less expensive to buy.
Other key principles in our selection process are:
The following changes have been made -
Speech Assistant AAC, Jabberwocky AAC, Sesame Talking Keyboard, SayIt!, BRIDGE Communication Pro, SymboTalk, GoVisual Experience, iSpeak Button Collection, Make a Choice - AAC Buttons, Verbal Me, Smooth Talker AAC, Yes/No, Special Stories, See Me Talk, PODD with Compass (PCS), simPODD, Pathways for Core First
Word aaccess, Assistive Express, TotalTalk AAC, Tobii Dynavox Compass Connect, AAC Speak, Able AAC, image2talk, iSpeak Button Series, TapSpeak Button, Use2Talk, TapSpeak Sequence, Our Story, Speakall, PictureCanTalk, So Much 2 Say, Board Communicator, Bitsboard Preschool, MobileSign2, BSL Education, British Sign Language - Finger Spelling
During the update process this year, information was collected through conducting two surveys, one focussing on text-based Apps and the other on symbol-based Apps. Comments and views were sought on App use, features and preferences. I am most grateful to all those who participated in either survey and will provide a summary of the responses in a subsequent blog.
Please get in touch with your feedback and any suggestions for further revisions.
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