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Resources for information on augmentative communication devices

Companies or vendors to contact for catalogs and information on their augmentative communication devices include:

Able Net Inc. (also have switches, control units, etc.)
1081 10th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Communication Aid Manufacturers Association
(CAMA represents several companies)
205 W. Randolph St., Ste. 1830
Chicago, IL 60606

Crestwood Co.
6625 N. Sidney Place
Milwaukee, WI 53209-3259

Dynavox System, Inc.
2100 Wharton St.,Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Franklin Electronics Publishers
1 Franklin Plaza
Burlington, NJ 08016-4907

Mayer-Johnson Co.
PO Box 1579
Solano Beach, CA 92075-7579

Phonic Ear, Inc.
3880 Cypress Dr.
Petaluma, CA 94954

Prentke Romich
1022 Heyl Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691-9744

Vision Aid Systems, Inc. (vendor)
PO Box 1369
Greenwood, IN 46142

Words +
1220 W. Ave. J
Lancaster, CA 93534-2902

Zygo Industries, Inc.
PO Box 1008
Portland, OR 97207-1008

See more at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=2504#sthash.WY8uUGjL.7C0lQ4cX.dpuf

Long range two-way speakerphone pendant communicator

A two-way pendant communicator requires no monthly fees and can be used for communication and emergencies. The pendant communicator allows the user to send a message in and around the home for checking in, for immediate help, and also works as an emergency call button. The communicator is portable and can be used when traveling and even in the shower. One button to press for communication is accessible for people with memory, vision, and mobility challenges when support or help is needed. An added bonus is that the pendant can be used to answer incoming phone calls.

Voice Pendant Medical Alert System

Object symbol communication

Object Symbol Resource LLC sells various pre-made object communication kits; they can also be customized for the user. Kits come with schedule boards, communication boards, objects symbols, Velcro, and instructions on how to set up and use them. This resource is helpful for users that do best with object-based communication and schedule systems. The vendor will sell individual pieces to replace lost ones.

Object-Symbol Resource LLC

Dynavox communication devices

Dynavox offers a large variety of communication supports for all different kinds of users. The website provides training, access to consultants, and information on how to purchase devices. In addition to devices Dynavox features accessories to provide greater independence in daily life and self-expression. Dynavox products can be used with switches, eye tracking software, and many other supports tailored to the needs of an individual user.

Go Talk NOW (app)

The Go Talk NOW app is a customizable iPad app for beginners and experienced users of augmentative communication devices. This app features a  Go Talk NOW FREE! iPad app so users can try out the app with limited features before deciding to purchase.


Go Talk NOW

Features of the Go Talk NOW app:

  • Choose from 1, 4, 9, 16, or 25 images per page
  • Images can be used from the photo library, camera, or symbol library, or Internet search
  • Images can be edited in the app
  • Images can have voice or text to speech added
  • Auditory cues support scanning and vision support needs
  • Videos and songs can be added to buttons
  • Supports developing social stories and instruction layouts using mult-media
  • Can be used with switches

Nabi tablet

Nabi tablets are marketed for children but can also be used by adults.  The tablets come in different sizes with different features, uses the Android operating systems, and runs apps from the Google Play store and Amazon marketplace. The Nabi tablet is helpful for users that benefit from a touchscreen with over-sized buttons and built-n security controls in a low cost tablet. Other helpful features: Supported by wi-fi, built-in camera, microphone, can be used with headphones, SD and micro SD slot for games and storage, mini-USB port, and mini HDMI to display on HDTV.