The University of Texas at Austin

Communication Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology devices for individuals with communication dysfunctions are categorized alphabetically:
Item
Image
Description

Big Mac

Company: Ablenet, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-326-0956
Price: $104
Functional domains: communication

large red plastic button on black base
Description:

This is a single button communication device with 20 seconds of memory. Teachers, parents, siblings, and friends can record important messages for nonverbal students to share in social settings. The button has a large 5-inch activation surface and is brightly colored, making it an easy target.

(available in red, black, blue, green and yellow)

Boardmaker

Company:
Mayer-Johnson
Phone:
1-800-588-4548
Fax:
1-858-550-0449

Price: $299 (Mac)

Functional Domain: Communication

screenshot showing software window with cartoon of smiling face below the word happy
Description:

This software functions as an augmentative communication device for individuals who are unable to produce speech. It is suitable for use in classroom settings and to design interactive lesson plans.

Boardmaker Line-Drawings and Labels

Company: Mayer-Johnson Co.
Tel #:1-800-588-4548
Catalog #: M120SL
Price: $400
Functional domains: communication, cognitive

Boardmaker Idea and Add-On Book

Description: This software package is used to create a variety of line-drawings and symbolic representations of ideas that are frequently used in communication. In classrooms, they can be used to help students understand basic concepts and communication their needs and wants.

Communication Apron

Company: Mayer-Johnson Co.
Tel #:1-800-588-4548
Catalog #: R950
Price: $10 for materials
Functional domains: communication

smock with drawings are attached by Velcro

Description: This hand-crafted smock-apron is designed to be worn by the teacher. Students using nonverbal communication can point to the line-drawings (by Boardmaker) to communicate wants and needs. The drawings are attached by Velcro and can be changed as needed.

Communication Book (Pocket Book, Appointment Book)

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price: $12 & $19

Functional Domain: Communication

Pocket Book and Appointment Book shown open with picture prompt cards in clear plastic slots
Description:

The is a simple communication tool that includes a Pocket Book with 32 cards and an Appointment Book with 64 cards. It facilitates communication through the use of Picture Prompt Cards.

DynaVox Minimo

Company:
Don Johnston, Inc.

Phone:
1-866-396-2869

Catalog#: 800057

Price: $2669

Functional Domain: Communication

two touch-screen consoles, one with 4 by 4 grid of icons, the smaller with 3 by three grid Description:

DynaVox Minimo is a handy (8.25” x 6” x 2.25” in size and weighs 3 lbs 5 oz) communication device with a 100 minute recording capacity. tool It is easy to program and provides  natural communication for any user with an adult male or female voice or a gender-neutral child’s voice. It includes a universal remote control to use with TV, DVD, CD players.

Pocket Go Talk

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price: $199

Functional Domain: Communication, Cognitive

portable device with five icon panels each with an associated LED, showing pictures and words:asparagus, apple,brocilli,potato, bananas
Description:

Pocket Go Talk is a small, portable, easy to use, five button device holding up to 25 messages. The user can record messages up to 12 seconds long with five levels, or one minute-long message. The larger speaker provides higher volume for using outdoors. Scanning through switch access is also built-in for table-top use, with five adjustable scanning speeds.

Go Talk 4+

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price: $179

Functional Domain: Communication, Cognitive

portable device with 4 icon panels
Description:

GoTalk 4+ is a portable, user friendly communication device with five recording levels and 20 messages recorded on 4 big buttons, each 3” square. It has new features such as a quality sound system with volume control, easy recording. It is 9” x 12” x 1 1/8” in size and weighs 23 oz.

Go Talk 20+

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price: $249

Functional Domain: Communication, Cognitive

portable device with a 5 by 5 grin of icon buttons on a slide-in card
Description:

20+ is a handy communication device with 20 1” square buttons with five recording levels, holding a total of 100 messages. New features make it more user-friendly. For example, users can keep “core messages” in each level, requiring no rerecording. Recording quality is improved through better sound and volume control. Another new feature allows users to delete the recordings of an entire level at once rather than deleting them one by one.

Go Talk Overlay Software

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price:
$59 per license

Functional Domain: Communication, Cognitive

Go Talk Overlay Software CD
Description:

Go Talk Overlay Software is a resource to create overlays for communication devices with approximately 1000 photos and 3000 symbol illustrations to choose from. Users can also create their own images. The created overlays can consist of an image, or text, or both and can also be used in many communication devices such as Pocket GoTalk, One by Four Talker, the Personal Talker, GoTalk4, 9+, and20+ Save. Overlays can be saved, printed, and exchanged with others using Go Talk.

One by Four Talker

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price: $69

Functional Domain: Communication, Cognitive

portable device with 4 icon buttons, also shows interior with 4 removable audio button pods
Description:

One by Four Talker is a small, four button communication tool that can easily fit into a pocket or on a belt. Each of its four buttons is 11/2” square and can hold messages of up to 10 seconds. To communicate, users press on the corresponding pictures.

Palm Talker

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price: $16

Functional Domain: Communication

small hand-held device with 4 numbered buttons
Description:

Palm Talker is a small (2 1/4” x 3” x 7/8”), light, ergonomically designed communication device that can be used with only one hand. It can hold four messages.

Slim Talker

Company:
Attainment Co., Inc.
Phone:
1-800-327-4269
Fax:
1-800-942-3865

Price: $9.00

Functional Domain: Communication

small hand-held device with a play and record button and screen image (here showing a shopping cart in a store
Description:

The Slim Talker is a handy communication device holding one message of up to 10 seconds. The user can add a 2” x 3 1/4” picture with the message. A lock-out feature prevents accidental erasure of messages.

Speaking Dynamically Pro

Company: Mayer-Johnson, Inc
Tel#: 1-800-588-4548
Catalog #:M150
Price: $ 349.00
Functional Domain: Communication dysfunction

Speak Dynamically Pro User Guide: By King Software Development, Mayer-Johnson Company Description: This software is an augmentative communication device for individuals who are unable to produce speech. However, the software is very flexible in terms of the way it can be used. It is often used in classroom settings to design interactive lesson plans.

Springboard Plus
(with Spanish option)

Company:
Pretke Romich
Phone:
1-330-262-1984

Price: $2450 +$250(w/Spanish)

Functional Domain: Communication

7.5 inch touch-screen console with 4 by 8 grid of icons Description:

Springboard Plus (with Spanish option) is a communication device that helps Spanish-speaking children and adults with communication disorders to communicate effectively in both Spanish and English.

Talk: About

Company: Don Johnston, Inc.
Tel #: 1-800-999-4660
Function Domain: Communication

Talk:About Software Box: Quick Chat Story Talk Conversation Description: This program is a conversation tool for Macintosh that lets individuals who are non-speaking participate in real communication. This software makes it easy for the user to talk.

Tech/Scan 32 Plus

Company: AMDi
Phone:
1-888-353-AMDI
Fax:
1-516-822-6611

Price: $1470

Functional Domain: Communication

panel with 4 by 8 grid of overlay icons, LED in each grid-square corner
Description:

The Tech/Scan 32 Plus is a handy, light communication device that can be used with either the traditional touching of a button to select a message item or by scanning through the messages with ability switches. It comes with a case and shoulder strap for easy carring. The device includes six levels with 32 messages on each level. The messages are represented with 1.25” square pictures. If only 6 levels are needed, 192 messages are available. Default message length is 2.25 seconds but can be extended to 4.5 seconds. The device has additional features that expand its usefulness as acommunication device, such as “Real-Voice” that facilitates high-quality audio reproduction, Time-Lock for recording, three modes of operation (linear, step and row/column), two switch scanning capabilities to support Step and Row/Column Scanning, adjustable scanning speed (slow, medium, fast), beeping tone to augment visual cues, sleeping mode to protect battery life when the device is inactive, low battery indicator, and a rechargeable battery.

Tech Talk

Company: Major-Johnson
Tel #:1-800-588-4548
Catalog #:X0706
Price: $ 395.00
Functional domains: communication

Description: This augmentative communication device by Mayer Johnson includes buttons with icons of general communication needs of young children. It has a recording mode, to create the sound bites for the communication buttons; and a play mode, to be used by children with communication difficulties.

Click HERE to see a demonstration of this device.

Vanguard Plus

Company:
Pretke Romich
Tel#:
1-330-262-1984
Price: $7,295
Functional Domain: Communication dysfunction

12.1 inch touch-screen console with 5 by 9 grid of icons Description:
Vanguard™ is a communication device with synthesized and digitized speech, computer emulation, and environmental controls. Through the PRC Application and Support Software (PASS) system, users can create, modify, and save vocabularies. Through the “RealSpeak™” option from Scansoft®, users can access a natural and high quality voice. It allows users to save notebooks and music files with the Secure Digital (SD) card. It has a USB slot and can be used as a mobile phone.

Please Note:
These lists contains items which can be found in this lab. It should not be considered a comprehensive list of all assistive technology products or that the products listed will meet the needs of an individual. Consultation with an assistive technology specialist should be considered prior to the purchase of any product.