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AAC Posters

By Kathryn Helland | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
I love October.  AAC Awareness Month is a chance to shine a light on this topic that we care so deeply about.  I enjoy getting to see all the wonderful posters, gifs, and memes. They help to remind us of…

AAC Awareness and Free Speech for All

By Kathryn Helland | October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments
October is AAC Awareness Month, and a great time to acknowledge developments in the world of augmentative and alternative communication.  This year has brought head tracking to some apps on the iPad Pro, and the ability to make phone calls from…

Making Phone Calls with Proloquo2Go

By Kathryn Helland | September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
We got some exciting news from the folks at Assistiveware this week.  The latest update to Proloquo2Go includes support for Dark Mode, the use of Split Screen, and……drum roll……making phone calls! People will be able to make a call and…

Backing Up AAC Apps on the iPad

By Kathryn Helland | September 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
Is everyone ready for September 19th,2019? This is the date that iOS 13 drops and all our Apple devices will remind us to Update our Software.  This new iOS has some great accessibility features, but with anything new, there is…

iOS 13, Voice Control, and AAC

By Kathryn Helland | August 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
The next iOS update is now in beta testing. iOS 13 promises some big changes that will have an impact on people with disabilities. Right off the bat, Accessibility is no longer hidden under the General folder in Settings.  Just…

TechOWL Videos: Getting Started with TouchChat

By Kathryn Helland | July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments
At our state AT lending library, one of the biggest questions we get is, “Now what?” Borrowers open the big shipping box and may not be sure of their next steps. Here at TechOWL, we are working on creating a…

AAC and Teaching Intentional Communication

By Kathryn Helland | July 9, 2019 | 2 Comments
In the past two weeks, I have been mulling over something that Kate Ahern said during her presentation at AAC in the Cloud. “Assume intention to teach intention.” How do we acquire vocabulary, and intentional use of language through AAC?  …

Transitioning to a New AAC Device or App

By Kathryn Helland | May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
I work with several adults who are in the midst of transitioning to new devices. Their old devices are no longer supported by the manufacturers. The new devices look and feel different, even though they come from the same company.…

Light Tech Eye Gaze: A Place to Start

By Kathryn Helland | April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
When we consider eye gaze AAC, we often think of really expensive devices with built in “magic” cameras (actually infrared cameras, but they seem like magic to me).  We don’t have to go straight to super high tech to enable…

Face Tracking and Eye Gaze for the iPhone and iPad: Access and AAC

By Kathryn Helland | February 14, 2019 | 10 Comments
At long last, apps are beginning to appear that take advantage of Apple’s True Depth camera to provide eye gaze control on the latest iPhone or iPad Pro.  There are actually two cameras; your usual selfie camera and an infrared…