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Affordable Communication Aids_Techshare India 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.

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Affordable Communication Aids_Techshare India 2014

  1. 1. Affordable Communication Aids Paul Hawes Sensory Software International Ltd
  2. 2. Communication Aids • Why do we need them?
  3. 3. Communication Aids Why do we need them? • What do they do?
  4. 4. Communication Aids Why do we need them? What do they do? • Do they have to be expensive?
  5. 5. Communication Aids Why we need communication aids
  6. 6. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Food and Drink
  9. 9. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Food and Drink • Personal care
  10. 10. We need communication: Personal needs Food and Drink Managing your life Personal care Being part of society • Access to Education Transport and Mobility
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Turn on your own TV
  13. 13. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Turn on your own TV • Manages your own finances
  14. 14. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education Being without speech causes social isolation
  15. 15. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Join in conversation
  16. 16. We need communication: Personal needs Join in conversation Managing your life • Being part of society Access to Education Make your opinions known
  17. 17. We need communication: Personal needs Join in conversation Managing your life Make your opinions Being part of society Access to Education known • Tell Jokes
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. We need communication: Personal needs Managing your life Being part of society Access to Education • Ask questions
  20. 20. We need communication: Personal needs Ask questions Managing your life • Being part of society Access to Education Make notes
  21. 21. We need communication: Personal needs Ask questions Managing your life Make notes Being part of society • Access to Education Creative writing
  22. 22. What does a communication aid do? To answer that, we need to ask “what is communication?”
  23. 23. What is communication? • Speech
  24. 24. What is communication? Speech • Writing
  25. 25. What is communication? Speech Writing • Emails
  26. 26. What is communication? Speech Writing Emails • SMS
  27. 27. What is communication? Speech Writing Emails SMS • Social Media
  28. 28. The Grid 2 Speech for symbol users
  29. 29. The Grid 2 Speech for text users
  30. 30. The Grid 2 Writing, SMS and Email
  31. 31. The Grid 2 Social Media
  32. 32. The Grid 2 Controlling other computer programs
  33. 33. The Grid 2 Controlling your world
  34. 34. Methods of access Touch screen Mouse, trackball, joystick, head mouse Switches Eye Gaze
  35. 35. Methods of access The Grid 2 is designed for people with very severe disabilities. It needs to be accessible in many different ways.
  36. 36. Methods of access • Touch screen About half of our users are able to use a touch screen.
  37. 37. Methods of access Touch screen • Any device that Mouse, trackball, joysti works as a Windows ck, head mouse mouse can be used
  38. 38. 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.
  39. 39. Methods of access Touch screen Initially VERY Mouse, trackball, joystick, he expensive – now ad mouse much more Switches affordable • Eye Gaze
  40. 40. Suitable systems Some people need only the software and a tablet computer
  41. 41. Suitable systems Even cheaper with Grid Player
  42. 42. Suitable systems Even cheaper with Grid Player
  43. 43. Suitable systems Others may need additional hardware with the system • Amplification
  44. 44. Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware • with the system Switch input
  45. 45. Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware Switch input with the system • Environment control
  46. 46. Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware Switch input with the system Environment control • Wheelchair mounting
  47. 47. Suitable systems Others may need Amplification additional hardware Switch input with the system Environment control Wheelchair mounting • Extra rugged
  48. 48. Suitable systems Specially made communication aids
  49. 49. Suitable systems Add-ons for consumer tablets

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