High-tech AAC aids permit the storage and retrieval of electronic messages, with most allowing the user to communicate using speech output. Such devices are known as speech generating devices (SGD) or voice output communication aids (VOCA). A device's speech output may be digitized and/or synthesized: digitized systems play recorded words or phrases and are generally more intelligible while synthesized speech uses text-to-speech software that can be harder to understand but that permits the user to spell words and speak novel messages.

High-tech systems may be dedicated devices developed solely for AAC, or non-dedicated devices such as computers that run additional software to allow them to function as AAC devices. They may be static or dynamic in form. Static communication devices have symbols in fixed positions on paper overlays, which are changed manually. To increase the vocabulary available, some static devices have multiple levels, with different words appearing on different levels. On dynamic AAC devices, the user can change the symbols available using page links to navigate to appropriate pages of vocabulary and messages.

Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AAC_device#High-tech)

Plaphoons

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Plaphoons is a communication tool for people physically handicapped, for example people with cerebral palsy. It can also serve for learning reading and writing and helping to control the computer for these people. Also can help other people with communication difficulties as persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), people with Down syndrome, etc.

Source: Projecte Fressa

Speech Assistant AAC (iOS)

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With the app you can create categories and phrases, which are placed on buttons. With these buttons you can create messages that can be shown or spoken (text-to-speech). It is also possible to type any text using the keyboard.

The app has won an innovation award: The Vodafone Mobiles For Good Challenge in the category Smart Accessibility.

Source: ASoft

Speech Assistant AAC (Android)

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With the app you can create categories and phrases, which are placed on buttons. With these buttons you can create messages that can be shown or spoken (text-to-speech). It is also possible to type any text using the keyboard.

You can long press the buttons to easily edit the phrases and categories. In the settings you can edit or add multiple phrases at once.

Source: ASoft

Grid 3

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Grid 3 empowers people with disabilities to communicate, control their environment and access their computer. Grid 3 is a complete AAC software package, designed to help you communicate and connect with the world around you.

Accessibility Services, Inc.

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Founded in 1989, Accessibility Services, Inc., (ASI) has been a preferred provider of ECUs and adaptive equipment for individuals, hospitals, businesses, schools and universities throughout the state of Florida. We’ve recently expanded our reach, offering our experiences and technologies nationally to help provide our high standards of service to everyone desiring more independence and control in their environment. We don’t just “sell” products, we also develop them.

Jocomunico Project

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Jocomunico application has been developed in the context of a PhD research project. The project has been funded by Fundacion Adecco in partnership with Telefonica, under the Talentum Startups programme by Telefonica.

Jocomunico is a free open source application under a Creative Commons license that can be modified and extended by independent developers. It can also be adapted to the specific needs of a particular user or group of users.

Technology Access, Inc.

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Technology Access, Inc is a provider of speech generating devices, computer access devices and handwriting assistance software used to help individuals in overcoming their speech, computer access and handwriting challenges. Clients with diagnosis like stroke, CP, ALS, TBI, spinal cord injury and autism can all benefit from intervention and assistance using these products. The Technology Access, Inc mission is to enable people to access their world whether it be through communication and computer access with high level technology or through low-tech methods and devices.