This may be most relevant for older people being introduced to AAC where a short cut to functional communication is the aim rather than following a developmental language path.
Recently I have had conversations with clinicians wondering how best to move forward with AAC, with older clients who have either not had...Read more »
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Karyn and I have returned from the AGOSCI Tour with Linda Burkhart feeling inspired!
During the presentation Linda used a range of assistive technology and Zyteq supplies many of these products.
Here is the list of the items we observed:
This is the two switch mount Linda uses to demonstrate using 2 head switches. It is one 6 foot length of loc-line and is...Read more »
wireless joycable, in-built radio switch with external transmitter for wireless switch access, The Grid Pad EYE 13, PIkobutton and Smoothie switch, Modhose loc-line switch mount and Karyn !
We regularly receive enquiries about message banking and voice banking so an update on how to go about this seems timely.
Voice banking and message banking are of interest to people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), although people with different diagnoses may also benefit from understanding and implementing these strategies.
First I would direct you to our Selection Guide on Message Banking...Read more »
Microsoft has released Windows 10 and you may have received a free upgrade notification if you are using a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 system.
Initially this announcement stated that upgrade was not recommended.
This may still be the case in some instances.
Here is an update to the Windows 10 information related to Zyteq equipment and software.
Here is the statement from Smartbox which relates to...Read more »
If individual vision issues are central to the list of considerations for choosing or using a communication device, a keyboard-based, portable system such as the Allora 2 may meet the need. We are often asked how to best accommodate vision issues, where the user may have deteriorating vision, a need for large text, or difficulty monitoring the message generated in the screen.
The...Read more »
by Tracey Bode
I try to separate sentimentality from work but for this topic it is very difficult to maintain this position. We have been privileged to be involved in eye gaze days at schools and leisure/lifestyle centres for adults over the past 2 years. Without fail the eye gaze days have given rise to excitement and surprise amongst teaching staff, parents and therapists as students achieve...Read more »
by Karyn Muscat
We are often asked for information and advice when our customers are looking to purchase a computer or tablet for use with our assistive technology products.
However, there is not one right choice for everyone. The computer or tablet that is right for you will depend on what your needs are and how you plan to use the technology.
Nevertheless, there are some general...Read more »
By Emma Hughes
Many of our communication devices are Windows based and have software that may need regular updating. These communication devices include the PowerBox Motion, The Grid Pad family, Tellus 5, Tellus 4, Tellus 5 IntelliGaze, Tellus 4 IntelliGaze, Mobi 2 IntelliGaze and Mobi 2. Here are some answers to questions that we are often asked at Zyteq about updating the software on...Read more »
by Emma Hughes
ModelTalker project has been developed by the research team at Nemours Speech Research Laboratory at at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. They have developed the software for use with children who use “donated” voices for their speech generating devices and adults who are losing their voice.
I started the process of recording my voice for two main reasons. Firstly I...Read more »
Recently I had the pleasure of being involved in a session with a young woman who had some additional requirements not being met by her current AAC Systems. Sally is in her early forties and lives in a group home. The people at the meeting were Sally, her mother, staff from the group home, her primary Speech Pathologist and myself.
Sally has been using the Lightwriter SL40 with the deep...Read more »
Eric and I first met each other in February 2010! Using my eyes to type was something I had actually envisioned about for many years, even before “eyegaze systems” were invented. So when I trialled an Intelligaze from Alea Technologies supplied by Zyteq suddenly my whole life changed!
Soon after buying Eric through fundraising, I decided to take one of my lifetime dreams and turned...Read more »
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