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Apple’s iOS 15 and AAC: Accessibility and Independence 

By Kathryn Helland | June 30, 2021
Over the last month, Apple has released information about upcoming changes to their operating systems for iPhones and iPads. The operating system is like a scaffold. It supports all the apps we use on our devices. The latest updates will include several exciting improvements to accessibility. Some of these new features include the following:   Sign Time…
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ADHD and AAC

By Kathryn Helland | April 13, 2021
There is little research on AAC and ADHD. Folks with ADHD as a primary condition do not typically need augmentative and alternative communication, so this is understandable. However, ADHD frequently co-occurs with other conditions that can negatively impact the ability…

AAC App Sales: April 2021

By Kathryn Helland | March 25, 2021
Updated April 13 2021: TouchChat sale dates added. Many AAC companies put their apps on sale for half price for some time in April. April is Autism Acceptance Month. It is a great time to save money and get communication…
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Do You Need an SLP?

By Kathryn Helland | March 8, 2021
Considering augmentative communication? You might not need an SLP. There are times when you can figure out quite well what may work on your own. For instance, will you have a temporary loss of speech? Do you have literacy skills?…
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AAC and Cortical Visual Impairment

By Kathryn Helland | February 25, 2021
What is cortical visual impairment? CVI is the most common form of visual impairment in children. It is the only type of visual impairment that can improve over time, though researchers don’t know exactly why.  Other types of visual impairments…
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

By Kathryn Helland | December 3, 2020
Today marks the 28th International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The United Nations’ work in this area is predicated on the idea that “all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated ” (Vienna Declaration, 1993). None of this can hope…
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AAC Demos with TechOWL PA

By Kathryn Helland | November 10, 2020
Are you located in Pennsylvania? Are you trying to decide which AAC solutions will work for someone? Do you need to figure out which apps to trial with a consumer or student? TechOWL PA offers free demonstrations of AAC devices…
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Big Changes for Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library

By Kathryn Helland | November 2, 2020
Some big changes have just happened for the AT Lending Library at TechOWL! Our inventory is now being shipped from UCP Central PA. Don’t worry, you can still go to TechOWLpa.org and click “Borrow”. From there, you will Click on “Go…
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Happy Spooky Halloween!

By Kathryn Helland | October 29, 2020
This year, Halloween is supposed to be a beautiful day here in eastern Pennsylvania. The sun will be shining and the weather will be warm. But how many kids will be out Trick or Treating in the middle of a…
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AAC Awareness Month: Diversity, Access, and Representation

By Kathryn Helland | October 16, 2020
This year, October feels especially important. The US is getting ready for the presidential election and people with disabilities are looking for ways to vote safely during a pandemic. We continue to grapple with the challenges posed by racial inequity.…

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