April is Autism Acceptance Month, and Autism Acceptance Day is the 2nd of April each year. It has become customary for many companies who make apps used by people with autism to be discounted or made free for that day, or a longer period surrounding that day.
Because premium apps for communication – AAC apps – are especially expensive due to their complexity, many people wait for this discounted day to purchase these apps. Here are a list of premium AAC apps that ATMac has been told will be discounted for WAAD in 2015…
Please note that the prices we’re quoting here are in US dollars and apply to the US app store. Most apps will be discounted by the same percentage worldwide, but the exact price will depend on which app store you use. Please check the prices that are showing up for you in iTunes before pressing “buy”!
Speak For Yourself
Speak for Yourself is an application designed by two speech language pathologists specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with an evidence-based foundation. This application is consistent with motor learning principles, uses a word-based vocabulary of the most frequently used words in communication, and contains features important in developing automaticity and language. Individuals learn to use their communication device with the same principles they use to play an instrument or type on a keyboard. Speak for Yourself has the capability to begin with one word, but contains almost 11,000 Smarty Symbols® and allows the user the potential to access almost 14,000 words, with no more than two touches to say a word. Complex page navigation and scanning are eliminated to allow fast, consistent access to language! Powered by CereProc’s speech system to give our voices character, emotion, and personality. Regardless of their current language level, this application can meet people where they are and provide language for a lifetime, because it’s a basic human right to Speak for Yourself.
Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare
Proloquo2Go® is an award-winning symbol-supported communication app providing a voice to over 100,000 individuals around the world who are unable to speak. […]
First released in 2009, Proloquo2Go’s research-based vocabularies, highly customizable features, natural sounding voices, and unique innovations make it the premier Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solution for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.
LAMP Words for Life, by Prentke Romich Company
LAMP Words For Life™ is a full English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the power of the PRC Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies. LAMP™ is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles as well as clinical experiences that address the language development and communication needs of children with autism. It provides a consistent motor pattern for words and a systematic way to develop communication skills allowing for unlimited language growth opportunities. More than 10,000 parents, caregivers, teachers, and clinicians have been trained on LAMP™ worldwide and significant gains in communication ability have been witnessed and documented.
aacorn is the next generation assistive communication solution designed especially for non verbal and speech delayed children and recognized as a genuine break-through by parents, educators and speech therapists around the world! […]
aacorn bridges the huge gulf between PECS cards and AAC systems designed for adults. It is more engaging for children, but also incredibly powerful, making AAC more accessible to children who cannot type or spell or who find the older grid-based systems so frustrating.
Custom Boards – Premium, by Smarty Ears
Custom Boards Premium is an evidence based app designed to serve as a board and activity creator for speech therapists, teachers, special education and parents of children who need symbols to communicate and learn. Custom Boards includes over 11 thousand built in symbols from the Smarty Symbols library and the ability to add your own photos.
Custom Boards allows you to select from a pool of templates in six areas: Devices& Switches, Grids & Boards, Schedules, Activities, Signs, Labels & Worksheets.
Avaz, a full-featured AAC app, has been developed for children who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking. Avaz has been designed with the vision of making every voice heard! Avaz is child- and caregiver-friendly, and helps therapists and educators to bring out the maximum potential in children. Avaz has received top international awards, including being on MIT’s list of Top 35 Innovations in 2011.
Avaz Español / Spanish
Avaz español es una aplicación AAC (comunicación aumentativa y alternativa) para niños con dificultades del habla o del lenguaje a causa de autismo, síndrome de Down, síndrome de Angelman, Aspergers, apraxia y otros trastornos no verbales. Avaz es la única aplicación con vocabulario optimizado en español de Latinoamérica. Avaz es una aplicación fácil de usar para niños y cuidadores, y ayuda a los terapeutas y educadores a sacar el máximo potencial de los niños. Avaz ha recibido los más importantes premios internacionales, como Top 35 Innovations del MIT y es tema de una emisión de TED Talks.
Avaz le permite acceso a más de 15 000 símbolos de Symbolstix y a 4 voces sintetizadas IVONA que suenan naturales.
Avaz Italiano / Italian
E’ possible utilizzare Avaz non solo per aiutare un bambino a iniziare a comunicare rapidamente con le immagini (comunicatore simbolico), ma anche per facilitare la comunicazione con l’utilizzo della Tastiera (comunicatore alfabetico). La Tastiera di Avaz ha il supporto per il salvataggio e il caricamento di parole o frasi, una barra per le risposte veloci con i messaggi di uso frequente, e una capacità di scrittura molto intuitiva con l’utilizzo della predizione assistita per immagini o con un alto contrasto per gli utenti con problemi alla vista.
Avaz, an AAC app that provides a voice for children with Autism. Featured in TED talk and listed on MIT’s Top 35 Innovations, Avaz India is the best solution for your child’s communication needs.
Avaz India contains a built-in vocabulary that is optimized for India, and has a vocabulary in 7 languages – Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Marathi.
Expressive, by Smarty Ears
This is an entry to mid-level, easy to use, and powerful app that allows children and adults with speech impairment or communication difficulties to express their wants and needs through the use of pictures and symbols. Expressive was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. Children can use this application to communicate by tapping buttons with symbols or pictures that generate sound. Expressive includes over 10,000 built-in images from the Smarty Symbols library.
Use2Talk, by Pablo La Roche
Use2talk is an easy to program and easy to use to use augmentative and alternative communication application for use on the iPad. Using icons, images, videos or photographs it provides nonverbal and low verbal users an opportunity to communicate.
Use2talk comes with a fully customizable basic library organized in several commonly used categories, all you need to do is record the audible clips for the items you need.
Locabulary Pro by Red Mountain Labs
Developed from the concept that everyone should have a voice, Locabulary is a groundbreaking communication app designed for users of all types for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The intuitive interface uses the iPhone to communicate words, phrases, and sentences. Locabulary can be used for fun, everyday correspondence, teaching, or as a vital communication device for individuals who have difficulty speaking due to autism, brain injury, stroke, laryngeal cancer, or other conditions that affect speech.
Locabulary can be used as a small, compact, and convenient alternative to bulky augmentative and alternative communication devices.
Non-AAC Apps Discounted for Autism Awareness Day
WordToob: Language Learning with Video Modeling app will be US$9.99.
Pronoun Heroes, by Smarty Ears will be US$8.99.
Language Adventures, by Smarty Ears will be US$14.99.
Social Quest, by Smarty Ears will be US$12.99.
Yes No Barn, by Smarty Ears will be US$3.99.
Is That Silly?, by Smarty Ears will be US$3.99.
i Get… Easter Social Skills Stories, by I Get It will be US$0.99.
iHear PECS: Animals, by Pyramid Educational Consultants will be US$0.99.
Sign2Txt, by HandCraftEdASL will be US9.99.
The Toca Box for Autism Awareness, by Toca Boca gives you four Toca Boca apps – Toca Store, Toca Hair Salon, Toca Town, and Toca Band – for US$2.99.
Do you know of any other apps that have been discounted for Autism Day 2015? Let us know via social media or in the comments here and we’ll add them to this post…
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