The ACC equipment should increase the ease of communication, be comfortable to use, and not cause any other health concerns. New equipment may take some time to learn to use in terms of cognitive learning and physical functioning. The primary care clinician may ask about ease of use, stress for the patient and family, and physical difficulties. With new patterns of use and the weight of equipment, the primary care clinician may assess for pressure sores, increased or decreased use of limbs and muscles, and accidental injuries. Input devices may need to be adjusted for placement or sensitivity to promote optimal functioning. For children who use a wheelchair, a mounting device will need to be considered when purchasing the device. The medical home can coordinate care by referring any issues to the appropriate provider or product representative.
|Proloquo2Go communication software app on
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|Tobii C12 augmentative communication device
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International Society for Augmentative & Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
Membership organization working to improve the lives of children and adults with speech difficulties; sponsors education, meetings/conferences, research, a journal, and projects; website offers educational resources, notice of events, and many useful links.
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement provides information on the newest developments in augmentative and alternative communication.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ASHA)
Information and links from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Family Center on Technology and Disability
Supported by the US Department of Education, the FCTD aims to support organizations, families, and individuals with disabilities by providing information and resources on using technology to improve education.
Speech & Communication Disorders (MedLinePlus)
Basic information and links to high quality sites addressing many aspects of speech and communication disorders and their management; from the National Library of Medicine's MedLinePlus.
Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)
Nonprofit organization at Utah State University located at the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD). In coordination with community organizations and others who provide independence-related support to individuals with disabilities, they provide Assistive Technology devices and services, and train university students, parents, children with disabilities and professional service providers about AT.
A commercial site offering products and curricula for students with disabilities, including augmentative communication devices.
A commercial assistive technology device company.
Assistive Technology, Inc. (ATI) and Tobii Technology
Developer of innovative hardware and software solutions for people with disabilities. Their mission to offer people with disabilities and those who support them the very best assistive technology solutions.
Commercial site offering augmentative and alternative communication devices.
Commercial site offering augmentative and alternative communication devices including accessories for popular technogy such as iPads and Kindles.
Prentke Romich Company
A commercial site offering augmentative and alternative communication devices; teaching materials, switches, and more.
Commercial site offering assistive communication software for popular devices such as iPods, iPhones, and iPads, including Proloquo2Go.
RJ Cooper & Associates
Software and hardware for people with disabilities and includes reviews, tips, and personal experience with equipment.
A commercial site dedicated to making personal communication possible to individuals who are unable to use their natural voice.
Assistive Technology programs by state (RESNA)
RESNA Catalyst Projects listed by state. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) receives funding to provide technical assistance to Assistive Technology (AT) Act Grantees for consumers with disabilities of all ages.
Autism Speaks - Autism Apps
This website has a comprehensive list of apps for children with Autism; the apps are listed by category, platform and age recommendation, and rated by research and effectiveness.
Bridging Apps – Easter Seals of Greater Houston
Bridging the gap between technology and people and disabilities. Focuses on apps that have been designed to address a particular need or have been creatively adapted by users to meet specific needs. Autism Speaks
Tap to Talk
Commercial site for application - AAC for autism, Down syndrome, apraxia, cerebral palsy, aphasia, any non-verbal condition - All languages, all ages, and across iPad, android, nook, kindle, nabi, windows, smartboard, Nintendo ds, pc and mac platforms.
iHelp for Special Needs
Commercial site with communication and learning apps for children with special needs.
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