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Go Talk 20+

The Go Talk 20+ is a communication device that has 5 recording levels and a 100 message capacity. The device has large message squares for easy access and a built in keyboard to help users select the right message. Users can change levels with a press of a button. The Go Talk 20+ is available […]

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The Whatz-it Communication Device

The Whatz-it was designed to assist children with autism and other communication impairments with scaled decision making. The Whatz-it features a graduated color scale from green to red. Children using the scale can then indicate the intensity of their response by sliding a magnetic tile along the green-to-red scale. For example, children can use the […]

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FreeSpeech AAC App

FreeSpeech is an AAC app that was designed to help people of all learning levels and language abilities develop and learn grammatically correct sentences. It was created by a team of Speech Language Pathologists, educators, and researchers. Users can create sentences by dragging and rearranging picture tiles and the app will automatically figure out a […]

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Aacorn AAC App

Aacorn is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app. It is designed to help children with non-verbal autism, speech and expressive language disorders to communicate. The app uses a visual word tree format to make it easier to build clear flowing sentences. Aacorn adapts to the child’s communication style, and uses word prediction to present […]

Pathways to Funding AT Workshop in October 2016

Partnerships in Assistive TecHnologieS (PATHS) plans to present the workshop “Pathways to Funding” in Morgantown, WV this fall. The workshop will address ideas for finding funding to pay for assistive technology devices as well as information about what to do if you are denied funding. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 9 […]

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PATHS Assistive Technology (AT) Fall 2016 Grant Deadline

PATHS, the Partnerships in Assistive TecHnologieS, is a nonprofit group dedicated to increasing awareness about and access to assistive technology (AT). PATHS is accepting applications for its fall AT grant cycle until October 1, 2016. Assistive technology (AT) is any device that can help you perform tasks related to work, education, community participation, recreation or […]

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AbleNet University Webinar Series

AbleNet University offers free webinars for educators and other individuals.  They have live scheduled webinars as well as access to previously recorded topics.  Past webinars have included “Developing Lifelong Leisure Skills for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities:  An Overview for Fun Activities for the Classroom”, “Switch Skills Development, Part 3: Developing Switch Skills for Driving a Power Wheelchair” […]

Tablets available to borrow!

WVATS has iPads, iPods, a Samsung Galaxy Note and a Galaxy S3 available for individuals in West Virginia to try before they consider buying one. These products have been updated with apps in the following categories: Autism Communication Traumatic brain injury Vision A list of apps can be found with each device on the WVATS Virtual Loan Library. Some apps can also be added on […]

FM Systems in the Classroom

Children who are experiencing hearing loss may struggle with being able to hear properly in the classroom. This can hinder their education and cause them to lag behind because they cannot understand what the teacher is telling them. An FM system is an assistive listening device that makes it easier for people with hearing loss […]

Dynavox Compass App

DynaVox developed Compass, an app that is available for use with an iPad. Compass provides communication solutions for individuals of all ages and abilities who cannot use their natural voice to participate in day to day activities. The app provides pagesets structured to address the unique needs of individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, aphasia, apraxia, […]

 
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