This videos provides an introduction to the kinds of access methods and technologies available to those using AAC. Whilst the videos are for the most part aimed at those with a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease, all access methods and technologies featured are available to those referred to BCAS. Choices will be made during an initial assessment as to what kind of technology is appropriate.
In order to enable communication, a number of different software packages are available to choose from. A software package is loaded onto a device and is used to create sentences. All of the programs allow a person using a communication device to turn text to speech, personalise keyboard homepages, and build up speech histories – facilitating faster communication. For the purposes of this video, the Communicator 5 package will be focused on. However, alternative software packages are also available, a few of which will be introduced at the end of this clip.