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Jan 07 2013

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iPad Communication Apps: Comparison Made Simple

The explosion of  applications to help people without a voice communicate using an iPhone or iPad can leave you feeling shell-shocked. To help you get a handle on the multitude of apps and move you toward systematically selecting the right AAC application, Jane Farrell has created a comprehensive AAC app comparison chart.

She does a terrific job of sorting apps into three distinct categories; Symbols and Pictures Only, Symbols and Text-to-Speech, and Text-based Apps. Then within those categories she identifies the application, cost, device platform, symbol system, pre-programmed pages and customization options, voice output/speech descriptions, and access options. Lastly, she provides a rating system between 0 and 3 stars.

If you are charged with identifying possible communication apps for use on an iPhone or iPad, this comparison chart provides a great starting place. Jane also updates the list regularly so it will remain a relevant resource.

Don’t forget, if there is an app you are interested in, check with IPAT to see if we have it available for trial use through our Equipment Rental Program 800-895-4728. Do you have a favorite AAC app for an iPad or iPhone? Let us know what it is and we will try add it to our holdings.

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