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Ablenet announces the release of the new Big Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch. It is highly sensitive and does not require a physical touch from the user to activate. Simply wave a hand or move your body within 1 inch of the switch to activate or use a light touch if preferred. New features include larger activation area, an auditory beep and visual feedback that can be turned on or off, internal magnet and two threaded inserts to aid with mounting and includes a replaceable CR2430 battery.
The BIGmack is one of the most widely known and used single message communication solutions. The BIGmack and its counterpart, the LITTLEmack both play a single communication message and are switch accessible for users who need an alternative method of activation. For many therapists and users, the BIGmack is often the starting point for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The BIGmack can be used to make requests, participate in educational activities, and much more. 101 use ideas for BigMack
The BIG Step-by-Step with Levels and LITTLE Step-by-Step with Levels communication devices give the user the opportunity to communicate with a series of messages. Sequential message communication can be used to count, tell a story, have a conversation, and much more. 101 use ideas for Big Step by Step with levels
Adaptivation releases the new HoneyBee Proximity Switch it senses the proximity of a hand, finger, head or nearly any object. To activate the HoneyBee, the user places his or her hand, head or other body part over the sensor window. An audible tone is heard when activation has occurred.
Attainment Company announces the release of the New Go Talk 9+ Lite Touch. This new model is 5x easier to activate than the classic GoTalks.
Custom Mounts from Modular Hose, do you need access to more than one device during your day. Check out this custom mount option with many more available to fit your individual needs. modularhose_custom mount
These comparison charts were developed by Lisa Wright from Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland. As she spent so much time compiling this data we wanted to share it her to hopefully save other people’s precious time.
Giraffe Bottle Hands Free Drinking System
The Giraffe Bottle allows users to have access to their drink without having to wait for someone else to help them. Flexible and easy to use on wheelchairs, desks, beds,tables and more. Click here Giraffe-Bottle for more detailed information.
iOS 12 Accessibility Switch Control – The Missing User Guide
On September 17th, 2018 Apple released iOS 12 for the iPhone and iPad. iOS 12 includes an accessibility feature called Switch Control, which gives individuals with motor impairments the ability to use almost any feature on an iOS device with an alternative access switch. Learn how to use Switch Control and about changes to it in our updated Switch Control – The Missing User Guide.
If you have apps that are critical to the daily use of your iOS device, please check to make sure that the app is compatible with iOS 12 before updating.
To view the guide iOS-12-Switch-Control-User-Guide
For more updated information check out this guide iOS_13_Switch_Control_User_Guide__English
MindView–Mind Mapping Software/Visual Learning Tool by MatchWare
This software is not new, but it is new to me. Since returning from ATIA, I have taken a webinar to learn more about this software and was blown away by all the features and ways it can be used to help students and staff. This mind mapping software is a comprehensive visual learning tool designed to help students develop and present ideas visually and then export into several different formats (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.). Enhances creativity, clarifies thinking and improves understanding of the subject at hand. The added assistive technology software functionality includes text-to-speech, Dragon integration, predictive text, and audio notes.
Phone Holder Options from Modular Hose great for making your phone more accessible. phone_holders
Helps scanning users set up their switch and scanning software to maximize communication rate. The wizard guides you through a series of carefully designed tasks and generates individually-tailored recommendations to meet your needs. www.scanningwizard.com
Single Switch Performance Test SSPT
Is software to facilitate measurement of the ability to activate a single switch. SSPT software measures the average time required to activate or release the switch (following visual and/or audio prompts) and also can measure the speed of repetitive activation. To get a free download go to aacinstitute.org and scroll down.
The Communication Matrix
Is a free assessment tool created to help families and professionals easily understand the communication status, progress, and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communication or using forms of communication other than speaking or writing. Go to www.communicationmatrix.org to learn more.