Saturday, March 9, 2013

Assistive Technology Tutorial

Voice4u – AAC App for Autism, Stroke Victims, ALS on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android

Voice4u is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) application that helps individuals to express their feelings, thoughts, actions, and needs. Users can create an unlimited variety of icons, with their own pictures and voice, to aid in their communication with others. This application can be used on Apple Products, Google Play, Android, and the Nook to allow use in schools, home, and our community.
Voice4u is devised for any individual with a communication impairment such as autism, traumatic brain injury, and stroke patients. This app not only allows the individuals with the communication impairment to communicate but those around them.
How Does Voice4u Work?

Voice4u Basic Usage Tutorial

Voice4u Reflection
When I began researching communication apps that could be used by students, their families, peers, and teachers, I came across a variety of options. After sifting through I felt as though this was a great option that could be offered. While reading the tutorial and other manuals online I found this application to be extremely user friendly for non-verbal students or those with limited speech. Being able to personalize the icons pictures, and voices allow this application to be made personal to the child using it being able to become familiar with family members, photos, and sounds in their environment. Additional the colors and fonts provide the visual component that most students yearn for. This application can be a great tool to help students, with speech impairments, to be more independent which is important for many students to being successful and achieving many of their goals and milestones set. One of the downfalls I found with this application is the price, $49.99. For many people this can be expensive and out of reach. If at all possible to acquire this app I think it would be a great tool for students and individuals to use. 

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading through this post, because I was not aware of this software prior to reading this. I agree that this software can be used with adults suffering from a TBI, stroke or with children. This application can be used universally and I think it is definitely something I will keep in mind for the future as a resource.