April 2020
Resources for Remote Learners
We are all in this together!

Individuals from around the world use different forms of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) to model a message of hope and caring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video illustrates that a strategy to help someone learn to use AAC is to experience others modeling language on that same AAC.

Mom at home using AAC device to communicate with child
Secondary Means of Communication

In order to help you and your AAC user to be well prepared for an unexpected hospitalization, we recommend that all AAC users have a backup plan for communication. This secondary means of communication could be useful when communicating with emergency personnel and medical staff. It is recommended that this form of communication be portable and not require a power source. 

Printed materials may be an excellent and very useful option in the case of an emergency. It is recommended that pages be constructed in the familiar language of the AAC user. A list of common communication vendors and links to printable pages have been compiled for you and are listed below. Click on the links to be taken to the free, downloadable, and printable pages from these vendors.
Project Core Boards

Picture Exchange Card Maker

Super Core

Eye Gaze and Flip Charts Alternative Pencils with Instructions

Amy Speech Language Therapy

Patient Provider Communication

Speech Ninja

Mind Express Activities
Secondary Means of Access

When choosing a secondary means of communication, you must also think about how the user will access it and whether or not they may need a secondary means of access. If they are able to make selections through touch, they should be able to make choices through direct selection on a secondary source.

However, for someone who relies on an alternative access method, such as scanning or joystick input, communication could be a greater challenge when their primary device and input method are not available to them. Alternative access, including Eye Gaze through the use of frames, should be explored. Having prepared frames, charts, and/or books with familiar vocabulary before they are needed may be helpful.
Clarity TV Ears
Clarity TL200 TV Listener

Listen in as our staff demonstrates the TV Listening device.

Easy reacher demonstrated in a vehicle
Easy Reacher Seat Belt Grabber

Come along with Scout as he demonstrates the ease of the Easy Reacher Seat Belt Grabber.

Upcoming Webinars with
Missouri Assistive Technology

Tobiidynavox - Telepractice Basics: Implementing Snap Core First
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – 11:30 PM CST
Interested in telepractice? Join us as we discuss ways to implement the Snap Core First software using a telepractice platform.

OrCam Read
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 3:00 PM CST
OrCam Read is a handheld reading device for people who have reading difficulties, dyslexia, and certain levels of low vision.

Lesson Pix
Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 2:00 PM CST
LessonPix has powerful language tools that enable you to search by sound or find minimal pairs, as well as templates for great visual materials. Learn more at this week’s webinar.
AT Overviews and Training Videos

Lesson Pix
LessonPix is a creative tool that enables the user to easily create materials using communication symbols and pictures. Quickly, the user can generate materials such as:
  •  AAC device overlays
  •  Board and Bingo Games
  •  Writing and Drawing Pages
  •  Picture Cards for picture exchange systems and AAC
  • 100+ other templates

The user can also combine symbols, uploaded photos, and export all of their symbols to use in external software, such as Microsoft Office.

To learn the basics of how to use LessonPix take a look at this quick video .

For those that want to learn more and would like the opportunity to try the program for free , Eric Carson from Lesson Pix is conducting an introduction webinar and training, Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 CST. Register for this training. Everyone that participates in the webinar will receive a 30 day free trial of Lesson Pix

Lesson Pix can also be a valuable tool for distance teaching. Lesson Pix offers formats that are great for telepractice for SLP’s, therapists, and teachers.  Take a look.

CaptiVoice has partnered with Google for Education to help teachers provide accessible materials to their students. CaptiVoice is designed to read web pages, documents, and un-protected ebooks from browsers, Dropbox, Google Drive or Clipboard with naturally-sounding text-to-speech voices. You can find more information here.
Google Talk Back on a smart Phone
Google Talkback Braille Keyboard
Google announced last week that it now offers a Braille keyboard integrated directly into Android. The company says the new feature will make its operating system more accessible for people who are visually impaired, without requiring extra hardware. The TalkBack Braille Keyboard uses a six-key layout. Here are a few places to get more information:

Free Offers

Lesson Pix
30 Day Free Trial after completing the Lesson Pix webinar scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at 2:00 CST
tobii dynavox
FREE 90-day trial of Boardmaker Online - Access Picture Communication Symbols (PCS®) for over 40,000 words, including Coronavirus symbols, and behavior support templates, such as daily schedules.

FREE 60- day trial of Snap Core First - A symbol-based communication app custom designed for AAC. 60-day free trial available.

Special Price Changes and Offers


Introducing the Merlin Mini by Enhanced Vision  – a VisioBook but with a better camera and larger screen options. Through the summer trade-in any VisioBook, working or not, for a $250 discount on the Merlin Mini.

Prices with trade-in: Merlin Mini 15” $2,745, Merlin Mini 17” $3,245. Please contact NanoPac for more information, info@nanopac.com or 1-918-665-0329.

Optelec ClearView Go   - $500 trade-in towards a new device.
The ClearView Go offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier, but in a compact and portable design.

Please contact N-Focus for more information, 1-866-963-6287 .