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iPhone applications give voice to kids with disabilities

May 28th, 2009

JW Clark, USA Today photoFrom USA Today:

Newly developed software is helping kids like JW Clark (left) communicate through an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. JW has autism and does not speak.

JW uses Proloquo2Go, a downloadable application that lets him touch icons to voice basic comments or questions through the device’s tiny speakers. Apple touts another handful of communications applications on iTunes, including one that offers sign language assistance.

The cost for JW’s hardware and software is around $500, far less than the $8,000-$10,000 cost of the text-to-speech machine traditionally used in his Lincoln, Nebraska, elementary school.

Another benefit of the software, said one of its developers, is its “very hard-to-quantify cool factor.”

(USA Today photo)

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