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AAC And Assesment Tools

Dana Bennett
Assistive Technology, Inc.
7 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
www.assistivetech.com

Description:

Assistive Technology, Inc. presents solutions for communication and learning through three innovative products: Freestyle™- a universally accessible computer; Companion™- a multimedia authoring tool; and LINK- a portable keyboard and communication device. Learn how to customize applications for individual use and utilize an integrated computer system for learning, communication, and control.

Abstract:

Assistive Technology, Inc. offers a growing line of innovative technology solutions for children and adults with speech impairments and physical and cognitive disabilities. Our premiere products include the Freestyle™ computer, Companion™ authoring software and LINK talking keyboard.

The Freestyle is both a Macintosh-based table computer and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device in one. The Freestyle supports Universal Access through a touchscreen; mouse; keyboard; switch; alternative pointer; or through voice recognition. Since the Freestyle is a full-feature Macintosh it is compatible with Macintosh-based educational and communication software as well as business and Internet applications.

Companion is an authoring software program designed to help teachers, clinicians and parents create customized user environments. The application uses an intuitive graphical user interface to create and use environments with ease. Companion's strengths include organizing software and launching applications; controlling infrared and X-10 household electronics and appliances; creating communication boards and learning activities; and designing multimedia presentations.

LINK is a high-quality talking keyboard featuring DECtalk speech output. Both lightweight and portable, it is best suited for children and adults who are literate and have the ability to access a standard keyboard.

The purpose in introducing these products is to demonstrate the capabilities of an authoring tool such as Companion and the benefits of using a full-featured computer system to both communicate and perform functions that require or are enhanced by the use of a computer.

Presenter and Contact Person:

Dana Bennett
Assistive Technology, Inc.
7 Wells Ave.
Newton, MA 02945
ATI Telephone: (617) 641-9000
ATI Fax: (617) 641-9191


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