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VAAKYA—a novel initiative by MBCN for disabled kids

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 a 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.

With the app, you can create a combination of custom images and phrases which are relate-able to an individual user in order to effectively communicate. For educators, therapists, guardian’s multiple users can be created which can contain images and phrases customized to relate to each specific individual.

  • Vaakya is an extremely diverse and flexible AAC application which does not rely on internet connectivity.
  • The custom information added to the application such as user accounts/actions are stored within the application itself.
  • This utilizes the phone’s own memory, thereby marginally increasing the size of the application depending on user accounts/actions created.
  • Multiple User Accounts: Educators/rehabilitation professionals, can add multiple students/patients to the application with unique actions and speech relate-able to each individual. This reduces cost as most applications available can register only one user on each device and would require multiple devices for different individuals.
  • Language Flexibility: Speech associated with actions can be recorded and played back in any language.
  • Image/Action flexibility: Images for actions can be replaced with existing images on your device or through your device camera directly. Additional actions can be added to each user account.
  • Flexibility of use: Parents/guardians can use the application differently by adding situations instead of users and images associated with each situation for the individual. Eg: User 1 can be Sleeping, User 2 can be Eating and within each user or in this case “situation” there can be different images and actions pertaining to the corresponding situation.

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