When someone uses a device to help them speak or to speak for them, it is easy to take for granted that they will always have access to a voice that can “speak.” High-tech AAC is excellent for this - it has a large, built-in vocabulary and access to different voices.
However, high-tech AAC can be costly, and devices are fragile. We know that there are some situations where it can be better to use light-tech AAC instead. We asked members of our Facebook group, AssistiveWare’s Family members AAC community, how they use light-tech AAC in everyday life.
Messy play can be hard on a high-tech device, so having a light-tech version can come in handy! Play-Doh and sand can wreak havoc on an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, so it’s good to have an alternative.