Communication is a human right.


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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?…
The words WE might not know what they see, but we can help them talk about what they experience: CVI and AAC, on a pixelated background.

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…
Poster with different terms for people who don't speak

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…
Proloquo2Go AAC: We can show you how to do it.

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 and click “Borrow”. From there, you will Click on “Go…
Happy Spooky Halloween from with ghost holding AAC device: White scary clothes face say boo.

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…
AAC speech bar with message: I should be seen and heard. African American symbol Stix.

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.…
October is AAC Awareness Month Hey, Check Out These AAC App Sales! • Assistiveware: for Mac and iOS all ON SALE October 12-16 o Proloquo2Govwas $249.00 –sale price $125.00 o Proloquo4Text was $119.99 –sale price $60.00 o Gateway Vocabulary set was $149.99 – sale price $75.00 • Predictable: for iOS Android, and Windows. Was $159.00 –sale price $130.00 ON SALE October 12-16 • LAMP Words For Life: for iOS. Was $299.99 –sale price $150.00 ON SALE October 14-18 • TouchChat HD with WordPower: for iOS. Was $299.99 – sale price $150.00 ON SALE October 14-18 • Avaz AAC Lifetime Edition: for iOS and Android. Was $199.99– sale price $100.00 ON SALE October 1-15 • CoughDrop: for Windows, iOS, and Android. Was $249.99– sale price $125.00 ON SALE October 5-9 • Speak For Yourself!: for iOS was $299.99– sale price$150.00 on sale October 1-8 • Alexicom AAC All Elements Vocabulary Sets: for Mac and iOS. o App is FREE o Vocabulary sets 50% off ON SALE October 11-18

October Means AAC App Sales

By Kathryn Helland | September 30, 2020
Click here for October 2021 AAC App Sale Information! Twice a year, AAC apps go on sale. They are typically 50% off, so it is a great time to buy.  October is International AAC Awareness Month. This commemoration was established…
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AAC and Descriptive Teaching: Let Me Show You What I Know

By Kathryn Helland | July 29, 2020
During the pandemic, speech therapists and teachers have understandably focused more on the HOW of teaching than the WHAT. They have been challenged like never before. Google Classroom, Whiteboard, Jamboard, screen mirroring, document cameras…. Who would have imagined that these…
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AAC and Emergency Preparation: Disasters During the Pandemic

By Kathryn Helland | July 23, 2020
Hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes, oh my. Emergency Preparation has usually been focused on disasters that cause people to leave their homes and seek shelter. However, “E Prep” too often leaves out people with disabilities.  Shelters may not be accessible, and…

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