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Android Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs


A3 sized PDF poster - revision 2.0, published 2018


The iPad is well established as a communication tool, but Android tablets (and smartphones) are being used more often, especially in the home situation, therefore useful to consider:

  • Android tablets are generally less expensive than iPads
  • The Android Operating System is less tightly controlled than the Apple iOS, so some apps, eg. text-to-speech voices, can work across most apps in an Android device, unlike the iPad where voices have to be downloaded separately for each app.
  • There are many more AAC apps available for the iPad.
  • There is a wide variation of Android tablet types, some with individualised Android Operating Systems and some with their own bespoke App store. Therefore, there is no guarantee that every AAC app for Android will work on all tablets/Operating Systems.
  • Some Android devices cannot be upgraded to the latest version of the Operating System, so some apps won't work on them.

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Contents of this PDF poster (Accessible version)

Below is an accessible breakdown of the contents of the PDF poster, designed to be accessible with a screen reader, and also for people who find it hard to see or access the links in the poster.

Full Communication Systems (Text to Speech)

Text-based AAC - Prediction

Text-based AAC – Phrase Storage

Text-based AAC – Quick Chat

Symbol-based Grid Systems

Avaz AAC (SymbolStix)

Alternative / Hybrid Formats

Simple Communication (Recorded Speech)

Basic Systems

Communication Narratives

Communication Supports

Specific Approaches – Talking Mats

Specific Approaches – BSL

Specific Approaches – PECS

Specific Approaches – Visual Schedules

Skill Building

Accessibility – Text to Speech Voices

Accessibility – Keyboard

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