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Proloquo2Go Featured in Apple Video: Making a difference. One app at a time.

Watch the video, these exceptional stories will warm your heart and make you smile.

Apple showcased the video, "Making a difference. One app at a time." at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week. The video highlights four amazing apps that are truly making a difference in people's lives. AssistiveWare is honored to announce that Proloquo2Go premiers in the video as one of the life changing apps.

The Proloquo2Go segment features 10 year old Enrique and his family. Enrique has Down Syndrome and had been non-verbal his entire life until his family discovered Proloquo2Go last year. "Now after 9 years I finally know who my son is," says Enrique's mother Diana. "He is a typical child now that he can communicate."

Apple also interviews AssistiveWare's CEO and Founder, David Niemeijer, about Proloquo2Go and the impact it has on other people's lives. "It's really nice to see how having an app that allows you to communicate can really open up the world in so many ways," says David. "In a way, it's almost like magic."

The New York Times: For Children Who Cannot Speak, A True Voice

Enrique is a 9-year-old boy who has Down Sydrome and cannot speak. He now uses Proloquo2Go and the American children's voice Josh to communcate.

The New York Times reports: The release of Proloquo2Go’s boy and girl voices — the company also has two other children’s voices with a British accent for that market — is an indicator of new progress in the decades-old text-to-speech industry. Read the full article here.

The New York Times also interviewed AssistiveWare's David Niemeijer in their TimesCast Tech. Watch the interview: Bringing children's voices to apps.

BBC: Apps and Autism

BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones: "New technology can be inspiring, exciting or sometimes infuriating - but I can't ever remember it being really moving. Until, that is, I met Ruby Dunn, whose life is being changed by a piece of software."

Cellan-Jones reports: Ruby, who was born 14 weeks premature in 2006, has autism and has never spoken. She does, however, attend her local school - Sandford Primary in Somerset - and is well integrated into every aspect of school life. But it is an app which she uses on an iPod and an iPad which is making a big difference. Ruby uses the app, Proloquo2Go, to communicate with her teachers, her family and other children. She taps on symbols, constructs a sentence and out it comes, spoken in a child's voice.

   

The Sydney Morning Herald: Speaking of useful apps, this one's a genuine life-changer

John Mavrothalassitis used to communicate using pictures and one or two words. But over the past 18 months, the seven-year-old, who has autism, has started speaking in sentences with the help of an iPad application.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald his family said he requested or commented on things they didn't realise he understood. This year he moved from a school for autistic students to a satellite class in a mainstream school. His mother, Yvette, said he was ''infinitely happier. He no longer gets frustrated and upset by not being able to communicate with us and every day his speech is progressing''.

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A Current Affair: Autism app to aid families

Australian TV program A Current Affair covered a wonderful story of how Proloquo2Go "is set to revolutionise the way children with autism communicate with loved ones." The TV story shows how John, a young boy with autism, is developing his speech and, according to the mother, has become much less frustrated.

This story is part of the program's coverage of World Autism Awareness Day. View the video.
   

Fox News: Special Needs Communication - There's an App For That

At the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center's Bright Beginnings Early Learning  Center in the US, about two thirds of the students have special needs. Some have a hard time communicating through speech. But, with the help of iPad and Proloquo2Go, they now have a voice.
 
"For those children, it increases their success in the classroom and it helps them feel that they have a way of connecting with those around them," said speech therapist Devan DeCicco.
 
Read the full article or watch the video on the right.

 

   

      

CBS 60 Minutes: "Apps for Autism"

On Sunday, October 23, 2011 CBS 60 Minutes had extensive coverage on iPad and our Proloquo2Go in a segment about "Apps for Autism" on 60 Minutes. 

For severely autistic people, communication is often impossible, leaving them unable to convey what they want or need. But as Lesley Stahl reports, touch-screen apps designed for tablet computers like the iPad are now giving autistic people new ways to express themselves, some for the first time. Teachers and parents are hailing the technology as a breakthrough, one that can reveal the true depth of knowledge and emotion trapped behind a wall of silence.

   

Wall Street Journal: Using the iPad to Connect - Parents, Therapists Use Apple Tablet to Communicate With Special Needs Kid

The Wall Street Journal wrote an excellent article on use of iPad for special needs kids.

Wall Street Journal journalist Jennifer Valentino-DeVries writes about how "the rise of mainstream tablet computers is proving to have unforeseen benefits for children with speech and communication problems—and such use has the potential to disrupt a business where specialized devices can cost thousands of dollars."

The article also speaks about Proloquo2Go and includes a statement from Steve Jobs. There also is a video available, which you can watch here.

 

   

New York Times: For Speech-Impaired, Insurance Fights Remedy

The New York Times featured Kara Lynn and her young son Aiden, both Proloquo2Go users, in their article "For Speech-Impaired, Insurance Fights Remedy" published in the online edition on September 14, 2009 and in the print edition on September 15, 2009.

The article covers the issue of insurances not wanting to fund low cost Augmentative and Alternative Communication solutions such as our Proloquo2Go software, rather spending US$ 8,000 on dedicated communication devices, even if people such as Kara Lynn much prefer using an iPhone with Proloquo2Go.

   

USA Today: iPhone applications can help the autistic

Our Proloquo2Go was featured in USA TODAY, in the online-edition on 27 May 2009 and in the print-edition on 28 May 2009. See the article "iPhone applications can help the autistic" by Greg Toppo.