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Friday, September 30, 2011

Faces iMake HD for iPad

Faces iMake HD for iPad-Create Collages with Multi-Award Winning Art App

Manhattan, New York – iMagine machine(TM) today is pleased to introduce Faces iMake HD for iPad, an advancement on the iPhone version of the app that achieved 800,000+ downloads and received the 2010 Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and whose reviewer stated, “Faces iMake is the most entertaining and creatively expressive app for the iPhone I’ve seen.” The app, recognized as an effective tool for stimulating right-brain thinking and out-of-the-box creativity, allows users to assemble creative collages using pictures of everyday objects. For users of all ages and all levels of experience, the app includes photos of more than 200 everyday objects that can be used to create faces.

Faces iMake HD was developed in cooperation with leading artist and educator Hanoch Piven. Piven, whose art has been featured in publications such as Time, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, says about Faces iMake, “I wanted Faces iMake to be a virtual workshop that reflects what happens in the real world when we compose pictures using objects. The process of assembling a collage is one of discovery and play, and Faces iMake is a game as much as it is a workshop of creativity.”

Indeed, integral to the app are six short, built-in instructional videos, where Hanoch Piven talks to kids about art and creativity. He does not appear on camera, but we hear the master artist as he moves actual objects on a colored background to create collages. Last but not least, Faces iMake HD has been recognized as an intuitive tool for children with disabilities. Shannon Des Roches Rosa, editor of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, wrote, “Our kids love Faces iMake … Its interface is one of the best I’ve seen for kids with autism.”

Feature Highlights:
* Gallery of 20 inspirational images created by the Piven family, which can be modified
* Make your own Puzzle with Tap2Print(TM)
* Music player that allows music to be played while creating
* Sharing engine (Facebook, email)
* Duplicate object button
* Flip object button
* Send object back one layer button
* Lock object button
* Hide menus and buttons option
* Audio feedback for all buttons

Read more: Faces iMake HD for iPad-Create Collages with Multi-Award Winning Art App | iPad News Tracker
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Using Skype to Monitor your Child with Autism

Using Skype to Monitor your Child with Autism

To do this, you need:

  • WiFi - You could do this via wired ethernet connection and laptops/PCs, but it would be more difficult. Wifi is great since it makes everything mobile.

  • Two internet connected devices (two laptops, two iPads (iPad 2 with cameras), or a mix of laptop and iPad.

  • Two Skype accounts

Apple Expanding Into Disability and Autism Markets | Autism Key

Apple Expanding Into Disability and Autism Markets | Autism Key

Apple’s invention of the iPad was a happy accident in unleashing a new wave of possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum. This device with its easy touch screen interface and ever expanding array of apps for increasing communication, is now in the toolbox of useful equipment for autism.

An exciting development in this arena is the autism smartphone. Created by the mother of a non-verbal ASD child, the Grace app is essentially a digital version of the Picture Exchange Communications System (PEC), a laminated picture book intended to promote expressive language. The Grace app is now available for both iPads and iPhones at the reasonable price of $38 and reports are that it is a vast improvement over its unwieldy PEC predecessor.

According to Disability Scoop, Apple has filed patent applications publicly disclosed this month that indicate their desire to keep expanding their disability market.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

DynaVox Apps?

Wow, Dynavox getting into enemy territory here considering some conseider the iPad to be the future of AAC and Dynavox to be the past. Dynavox dips toes into the world of Apps!

DynaVox® Mayer-Johnson Introduces PCS™ Apps and Boardmaker Activities - Press Release - Digital Journal

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DynaVox Mayer-Johnson, the leading provider of speech generating devices and special education classroom software, announces the introduction of PCS Apps and Boardmaker Activities. PCS Apps mark the company's first foray into the popular app market. Boardmaker Activities are the newest additions to the Boardmaker Software Family. Both products provide educators and speech-language pathologists with time- and money-saving tools that support learning for all students, while offering parents a cost-effective way to support and continue their child's learning when school is not in session – strengthening the school- and therapy-to-home link.

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"The introductions of PCS Apps and Boardmaker Activities are very significant for both our company and the education community," said Michelle Heying, DynaVox Mayer-Johnson president and COO. "PCS Apps mark our initial entry into the dynamic app market and make it easy for educators, speech-language pathologists and parents to deliver educational content and enable learning on mobile devices virtually anywhere!

"The new Boardmaker Activities are also very exciting! As the first Boardmaker products that do not require Boardmaker authoring software to run, Boardmaker Activities offer convenient, ready-made content that educators, speech-language pathologists and parents can use to strengthen the school- and therapy- to-home link."

Featuring the company's popular Picture Communication Symbols (PCS), PCS Apps help children Pre-K to Grade 3, and those with autism and special needs, develop vocabulary, language, articulation, cognitive and listening skills. Four categories – Flash Cards, Word Scramble, Match & Memory and Bingo – of PCS Apps are currently available free-of-charge at Apple's App Store, with additional content available for each PCS App for a nominal charge.

Boardmaker Activities provide more than 50 activities centered around eight Boardmaker Activity Series, including Beginning Board Games, Match & Memory, Word Wonder, Reading Corner, Quiz Show, Virtual Field Trip, Early Literacy and Curriculum Companions.

Visit the Mayer-Johnson website ( to learn more about PCS Apps and Boardmaker Activities.

Boardmaker™ and PCS™ are registered trademarks of Mayer-Johnson LLC a wholly-owned subsidiary of DynaVox Systems LLC.

About DynaVox Inc.

DynaVox Inc. (NASDAQ: DVOX) is a publicly traded holding company with its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whose primary operating entities are DynaVox Systems LLC and Mayer-Johnson LLC. DynaVox is the leading provider of speech generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software used to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges. These solutions are designed to help individuals who have complex communication and learning needs participate in the home, classroom and community. Our mission is to enable our customers to realize their full communication and education potential by developing industry-leading devices, software and content and by providing the services to support them. We assist individuals, families, and professionals with an extensive field support organization, as well as centralized technical and reimbursement support. For more information, visit

SOURCE DynaVox Inc.

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