Entries Published On December, 2017
We, at MBCN, have also has been using latest assistive technology to improve expression in conditions having impairment in communication. They have developed an android application Vaakya which can be used as a very effective and useful tool for alternative augmentative communication. Vaakya is a picture based AAC app designed for people who are speech impaired. This may be in the case of aphasia, MND/ALS, after a stroke, in case of vocal cord problems or other speech problems. It is also suitable for individuals affected by autism, cerebral palsy and various other mental and physical conditions. The app is an AAC (Augmentative and alternative communication) tool and can also be used to practice during rehabilitation. Even for individuals in such conditions that are unable to read, it works as an effective tool to communicate as it depends on images and speech instead of text.
In future, we plan to develop training modules and assistive technology to empower parents and professionals who are working for children with special needs.