Affordable Communication Aids_Techshare India 2014

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Published on February 21, 2014

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Presentation by Paul Hawes - Managing Director of Sensory Software International at Techshare India 2014

Communication and education are closely interlinked, and the increased use of communication aids in the classroom is helping to discover the potential of some of the most disabled children.

For many years, communication aids have been very expensive specially built machines. Now in this era of consumer tablets, many people already have the hardware needed for a basic communication aid.

In this session, we will look at the Grid 2 software, which runs on a Windows tablet, and Grid Player, which runs on an iOS device.

Affordable Communication Aids Paul Hawes Sensory Software International Ltd

Communication Aids • Why do we need them?

Communication Aids Why do we need them? • What do they do?

Communication Aids Why do we need them? What do they do? • Do they have to be expensive?

Communication Aids Why we need communication aids

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education We need to tell other people about our needs and wishes

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Food and Drink

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Food and Drink • Personal care

We need communication: Personal needs Food and Drink Managing your life Personal care Being part of society • Access to Education Transport and Mobility

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Taking some control of your own life, and not simply being passive

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Turn on your own TV

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Turn on your own TV • Manages your own finances

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Being without speech causes social isolation

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Join in conversation

We need communication: Personal needs Join in conversation Managing your life • Being part of society Access to Education Make your opinions known

We need communication: Personal needs Join in conversation Managing your life Make your opinions Being part of society Access to Education known • Tell Jokes

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Active participation in a lesson is essential to the learning process

We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Ask questions

We need communication: Personal needs Ask questions Managing your life • Being part of society Access to Education Make notes

We need communication: Personal needs Ask questions Managing your life Make notes Being part of society • Access to Education Creative writing

What does a communication aid do? To answer that, we need to ask “what is communication?”

What is communication? • Speech

What is communication? Speech • Writing

What is communication? Speech Writing • Emails

What is communication? Speech Writing Emails • SMS

What is communication? Speech Writing Emails SMS • Social Media

The Grid 2 Speech for symbol users

The Grid 2 Speech for text users

The Grid 2 Writing, SMS and Email

The Grid 2 Social Media

The Grid 2 Controlling other computer programs

The Grid 2 Controlling your world

Methods of access Touch screen Mouse, trackball, joystick, head mouse Switches Eye Gaze

Methods of access The Grid 2 is designed for people with very severe disabilities. It needs to be accessible in many different ways.

Methods of access • Touch screen About half of our users are able to use a touch screen.

Methods of access Touch screen • Any device that Mouse, trackball, joysti works as a Windows ck, head mouse mouse can be used

Methods of access Touch screen The Grid 2 has many Mouse, trackball, joystick, switch options to head mouse make switch input as • Switches quick as possible.

Methods of access Touch screen Initially VERY Mouse, trackball, joystick, he expensive – now ad mouse much more Switches affordable • Eye Gaze

Suitable systems Some people need only the software and a tablet computer

Suitable systems Even cheaper with Grid Player

Suitable systems Even cheaper with Grid Player

Suitable systems Others may need additional hardware with the system • Amplification

Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware • with the system Switch input

Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware Switch input with the system • Environment control

Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware Switch input with the system Environment control • Wheelchair mounting

Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware Switch input with the system Environment control Wheelchair mounting • Extra rugged

Suitable systems Specially made communication aids

Suitable systems Add-ons for consumer tablets

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