Monthly Archives: September 2013


JABtalk screenshot

JABtalk screenshot

JABtalk is a FREE Android speech communication application designed to help non-verbal children and adults communicate. Speech therapists commonly refer to JABtalk as an easy and effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solution. By combining personalized voice and images with an extremely simple user interface, JABtalk provides a speech solution that is both fun to use and easy to learn. Originally designed as a communication tool for children with special needs, JABtalk has evolved into a communication tool used by stroke patients, toddlers, speech-language pathologists, and others. JABtalk has over 90.000 users located in over 100 countries around the world. Download via Google Play.


  • Intuitive one-click navigation
  • Organize words into user-defined categories
  • Heptic feedback (vibration) when touching a word for immediate physical feedback
  • Ability to rearrange and resize pictures
  • Download unlimited number of pictures from the Internet directly into JABtalk!
  • Add pictures using your device’s camera or import them from a memory card
  • Add audio to your words and categories using your device’s microphone or import them from a memory card.
  • Supports text-to-speech
  • Supports fullscreen mode to prevent kids from easily exiting app
  • Ability to backup and restore your dataset on any Android device
  • Sentence Building
  • Available in English, French, German and Dutch

Below is a short introduction video:


The logo of the app See.Touch.Learn

It is a Picture Card Learning System that replaces all your physical flash cards. It has been designed by professionals specifically for those with autism and other special needs. It can be used by teachers and parents to provide custom picture card instruction. It includes a starter set of stunning, high-quality images and 60 exercises created by a certified assistant behavior analyst. Additional libraries with over 4,400 additional images and lessons are available for purchase from within the app. The Brain Parade® Community offers additionally thousands of lessons shared by others.

Picture cards are an integral part of an effective learning program and are used to help teach new words and concepts and foster self-expression. The app combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the iPad. Create custom exercises and lessons, automatically track performance, and carry your entire library collection with you at all times.

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The iComm is an app providing an affordable, custom built and easy to use communication system using The logo of the iComm apppictures and words – both written and spoken. It is ideal for children under three until they are able to express their needs through well formed speech. The iComm is also very useful for children with a broad range of disabilities who have trouble communicating such as cerebral palsy or autism.

  • Picture and voice communication aid for children
  • Ideal for pre speech toddlers or children with disabilities
  • Heighten child engagement by adding your own photos
  • Confirm all choices with a yes/ no screen
  • Some content provided for everyday communication; yes, no, more and finished
  • Most frames are empty for you to add in your own personal content
  • 20 categories in full version (in-app purchase to upgrade), 9 in free version
  • Sound recording only available when you upgrade to the full version of iComm
  • Upgrade iComm to get audio, more categories and more blank storage frames
  • Help your child learn about shapes, colours and letters with the provided content in the full version
  • Record your child’s favourite nursery rhymes or songs (in full version only)
  • Please note this app is suitable for use with the iPhone only, not the iTouch
  • Use the iComm to communicate, play and teach your child

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First Then Visual Schedule

First-Then visual schedule application is designed for caregivers to provide positive behavior support. Visual schedules serve to increase independence and lower anxiety during transitions through different activities. They provide positive behavior support through the use of images that show daily events (i.e. morning routine or therapy schedule) or steps needed to complete a specific activity, (i.e. using the restroom). Useful to individuals with The logo icon of the appcommunication needs, developmental delays, Autism or in general those who benefit from a structured environment.

The app is designed for use in iPhone and iPod. You may look for FTVS HD: First Then Visual Schedule HD, if you want a version that works also on iPAD.

The app is customisable, in the sense that you can:

  • Use your own photos or add photos from the built in Internet image search feature.
  • Record your own voice to the images.
  • Create as many schedules as you need.
  • Change the order of a schedule, anytime!
  • Checklist feature.
  • “Save and Share” schedules via “File Sharing” on iTunes.
  •  Backup schedules via iCloud.
  •  Email a PDF copy of a schedule to print off at home.

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Digital Unite Guides





“This is the place to get up to speed with the technology that can help enrich your life.  Whether you would like to improve your computer skills, emailing, use of the internet or generally to boost your digital confidence, Digital Unite’s simple guides are here to help. They’re free, print-friendly and also a great way to support other learners.”

Courses include…

Computer basics
It’s easier to get to grips with computers than a lot of people think. Here’s how to get started.

Creating documents
Easy-to-follow guides on using Microsoft Office programs.

Email & Skype
Staying in touch has never been easier or cheaper. These easy-to-follow guides will help you take advantage.

Using the internet
These guides will give you all the tools you need to become a confident internet user, surfing the web with aplomb.

Hobbies & interests
Find out just how easy it is to make the most of the many exciting, fun and useful things that the internet has to offer.

Music & audio
Music, audiobooks – you name it, it’s all on the internet and really easy to get hold of and download. Here’s how.

Smartphones & tablets
Powerful, convenient and multi-purpose, smartphones and tablets are the two key players in the fast-growing world of mobile computers.

TV & video
It’s now possible to watch TV programmes you’ve missed and films you thought you’d never find again – all online. These guides explain.

Social networking & blogs
We’ll show you how to get involved in these exciting, fun and flexible forms of social media.

Digital photography
There are so many great ways to store, edit and share photos – our guides will show you how.

Internet security
These essential guides detail the simple rules for staying safe online.

Shopping & banking
The chores that used to mean a trip in the car can now be done from a chair, with a cup of tea by your side.

ViPi symposium agenda

Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all: Final SYMPOSIUM of the ViPi & ATLEC projects

With the support of:

The Lifelong Learning Programme: education and training opportunities for all Vlaams - Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw Knowledge Centre Social Europe

Date: 4 December 2013
Venue: VLEVA (Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw), Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (Google maps) – Closest metro station: Schuman
Participants: 100-120
Duration: 9:00 hours – 18:00 hours
Event language: English
Target audience: People with disabilities, teachers, trainers, tutors, carers, policy makers, academics, ICT and AT experts and their organisations.


8:30h-9:00h: Registration and welcome

  • Welcome – Jan Buysse (General Director, vleva)
  • Opening – Karel Van Isacker (CEO, PhoenixKM)

Sessions 1 & 2

  • SESSION 1 (9.00-10.00)
    Increased independence for people with disabilities
    Chair: Jean-Marie Vanhove, Inclusief Consulting, Belgium
    9.00 – 9.20: EU Disability Policy: EC (presented by Karel Van Isacker)
    9.20 – 9.40: More independence for people with a disability – Flemish context: Helga Stevens: member of Flemish Parliament
    9.40 – 10.00: Discussion – questions
  • SESSION 2 (10.00 – 11.00)
    Need for training in the use of ICT AT: Point of view of the users
    Chair: Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, AIAS Bologna, Italy
    10.00 – 10.20: The need for qualified training in the use of ICT/AT for people with disabilities: Wim Moeyaert (end-user expert)
    10.20 – 10.40: Witness accounts of pilot participants: Steve Boussemaere, Andy Vermeulen (including ViPi video)
    10.40- 11.00: Discussion and questions

Break + exhibition (11.00 – 11.30)

Session 3

  • SESSION 3: (11.30- 12.45)
    Training on ICT and ICT AT in service provision and the labour market
    Chair: Jacqui Lewis, Greenhat Interactive, UK, with short introduction to current practices ICT Skills at European level
    11.30 – 11.50: The need for training in the use of ICT/AT and experiences in vocational training: VDAB
    11.50 – 12.10: Need for training in the use of ICT/AT and experiences in the labour market: VDAB
    12.10 – 12.30: Need for training in the use of ICT AT and experiences in care: Luk Zelderloo (Secretary General EASPD)
    12.30 – 12.45: Discussion and questions

Lunch (12.45 – 13.45)

Session 4

  • SESSION 4 (13.45 – 15.30)
    The VIPI, ATLEC, SGSCC, DICE and eMentoring projects – outcomes
    Chair: Karel Van Isacker, project coordinator, PhoenixKM, Belgium
    VIPI, eMentoring and DICE: Presentation curriculum: by Prof. David Brown (NTU) and Karel Van Isacker (PhoenixKM)
    ATLEC: Presentation curriculum: by Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS)
    SGSCC: Presentation curriculum: by Mariya Goranova (PhoenixKM)
    ViPi and ATLEC platform and mobile applications: Panagiotis Tsoris (Steficon) & Prof. Constantinos Mourlas (University of Athens)

Break and exhibition (15.30 – 16.00)

Wrap up session (16.00 – 17.00)

  • Moderator: Jean-Marie Vanhove, Inclusief consulting, Belgium
    Topics: What did we learn from the former presentations and what can we do about it?
    Panel with representatives of ViPi, ATLEC, SGSCC, AAATE (Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf), EASPD (Luc Zelderloo), Jos Sterckx (Knowledge Center Social Europe), Wim Moeyaert (end-user expert)

Demo sessions and closure (walking dinner) (17:15-18:00)

  • Curriculums of different projects
  • ViPi and ATLEC learning objects and integrated platform
  • Training platforms
  • Mobile and desktop games
  • Mobile applications
  • Posters of other projects/experiences

Registration is still possible via

Note that participation is only confirmed after receiving a formal confirmation email from us.

This event is organised with the support of the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva) and Knowledge Center Social Europe.

The projects ViPi and ATLEC have been partially funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Memobile screenshot

Memobile screenshot

Memobile is an Android application which contains a set of 3 games to both teach skills to and test the skills of students on areas of the ViPi curriculum. The games are have elements to help the students learn the curriculum content, reinforce and memorise curriculum content and also to discover new information.
The game uses Memo, a little cartoon boy, as a tutor for users. It is a collection of 3 games designed to help people with difficulties in memorizing the simple functions and components of computers. The games are Matching Pairs, Starter Kit and Press… and Action.

The first is a game where you match pairs of computer equipment. The game first introduces the parts of a computer with brief descriptions of what they do. Matching the pairs in the game should help users to remember what the parts are and the game acts as an incentive to repeat the learning.
When the user presses on a square, a component hidden underneath it will be revealed. When they press a further square, the first square will be closed unless the two components hidden below match. The idea is to memorise where the components are hidden as you go along. If you open two matching computer components in two clicks one after another, these components will remain open. The aim of the game is to match all of the pairs using as few presses as possible. After successfully completing the game the user receives a tip about one additional computer component. Then they can play again to try to improve their score or go to main menu and chose another game.
The second game is one where the user has a short time to press as many on buttons as possible on the screen. The game serves to reinforce the symbol for the on button, and also has benefits in enhancing coordination in the user. The game starts with a description of how to safely turn on and off the computer.  This description is enhanced by carton style graphics showing what to press and in what order. The game then continues where the user has a short time to press start buttons and miss red crosses on a grid of icons. Pressing start buttons and missing red crosses score points.
The final game, Press… and Action is a game to teach computer shortcuts. It starts with a teaching session where it explains what a number of important keyboard shortcuts can do. It then moves on to a multiple choice quiz which asks the user to identify the actions associated with a number of shortcut key combinations. The game should reinforce the student’s knowledge of keyboard shortcuts enabling them to use the computer more efficiently.
The different language versions can be downloaded here (apk files): NLENELLT.
Memobile is also available on Google Play.
This game was developed as part of the ViPi project. The ViPi KA3 LLL project (511792-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW) has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT. This web site reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

ACE Centre – SpeechBubble

If you need help with spoken communication because of a disability, this website can give you an idea of what’s on offer, with details of nearly every communication aid available in the UK – and it’s all searchable!

Speechbubble is the result of a three-year ACE Centre project to produce a comparison website containing details of the communication aid technology available in the UK.

RNIB – Free assistive technology

Collection of assistive technology products, that are offered free of charge, and that are used mainly for Internet browsing, sending and receiving emails, and writing basic documents.  The collection contains products for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Chrome.

The information is classified into the following five sections:

  • Windows magnification
  • Windows speech
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux and Chrome
  • Other software, training and support


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Pocket Voice Lite

get your homework donePocket Voice Lite gives a voice to people who are unable to speak but who should be heard. For many different and varied reasons, some people are unable to speak or be understood. Nevertheless, those people have a right to be heard. Pocket Voice Lite aims to facilitate that by giving its users an audible voice. Pocket Voice Lite has been designed for use on mobile phones and tablets. By pressing a series of buttons, the user is able to construct sentences. The words are then spoken using the device’s text-to-speech engine. For users or carers wishing to customize the available speech to the user’s own circumstances, a Full Version of Pocket Voice is available elsewhere on Google Play. Pocket Voice Lite uses Mulberry Symbols (licence CC BY-SA) from get your homework done

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iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL)

It comprises a (pdf document) guide that aims to offer support to readers who are not necessarily technical specialists and who want to use the iPad with children or adults with some kind of additional support needs, special educational needs or disability. Readers can be parents and carers, teachers and other education staff, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and other professionals.

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EqualEyes is an intuitive, accessible and affordable suite of mini-applications that work seamlessly together and sit within a stunning interface. Ideal for people with visual, cognitive and fine motor skill impairments, experiencing the natural signs of aging or who are new to digital technology.

  • Key Features
  • Customisable Interface for different themes & colours
  • Big buttons & simple icons
  • Voice & tactile feedback
  • Talkback compatible
  • Works as a launcher or an app
  • Advertisement free

Core Functionality

  • Phone Calls, SMS, Phonebook, Call log, Status, Settings
  • Everyday Tasks
  • Dictaphone, Weather, Clock, Jokes, Calculator, Reminder

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Felt Board

It is an app designed for both open ended imaginative play and to be used as a teaching tool and resource by parents and teachers. It has been used effectively by parents, therapists and educators to encourage speech, imaginative play, story retelling, and to discuss feelings / facial expressions.  Fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills are developed while dragging, dropping, pinching and scaling objects to create scenes.

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