Proloquo2Go is a Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) program for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch, soon to be available from AssistiveWare and Sennott Consulting.
We know that Proloquo2Go has been built from the ground up for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and will be offering symbol and text-based communication with text-to-speech voices, but until now not many details have been revealed. This has changed now that the new Proloquo2Go website has been launched, including a Proloquo2Go Community Discussion Mailing List.
The introductory price for Proloquo2Go will be made available at an introductory price of US$149, rising to US$199 after several weeks. As we speculated in our previous article about Proloquo2Go, this is just a fraction of the price of similar AAC solutions - even taking into account the cost of an iPod Touch or iPhone. This low price makes it a great choice for self-funded AAC users as well as those who want an easily portable secondary AAC system to go with a larger desktop system.
The website has a lot of information, including these sections:
- About Proloquo2Go details features, basics of usage, and how the vocabulary works.
- Users of Proloquo2Go details Child, Teen, and Adult uses including case studies and quotes from users, teachers, family, and other supporters.
- Proloquo2Go Manual describes basic use, configuration and options, and more complicated features such as verb morphology.
- The Support section includes the FAQ, contact details, a sign up list for people who want to be kept abreast of developments, and the mailing list referred to above.
Proloquo2Go has been submitted to the iTunes App Store, but needs to be approved by Apple before it's available for customers to purchase. This means it may be available within a few weeks, or at worst case Apple may take several months to approve it. The developers have no control over this approval process so they're undoubtedly as frustrated at the rest of us at the delay. We'll let you know as soon as Proloquo2Go is available, but suggest all interested people go to the website and sign up to stay informed about progress.
The developers have also very kindly given me access to a preview copy of Proloquo2Go to test out on my own iPod Touch, so I should be able to report further details very soon. If you have any questions you'd specifically like addressed, just leave a comment below and I'll do the best I can!
- Ricky Buchanan