Tobii ATI Unveils LiterAACy – Helping the Communication Impaired Learn to Read and Write

New vocabulary system opens a whole new world of opportunity for people with speech and communication disabilities

DEDHAM, Mass.--()--Tobii Assistive Technology, Inc. (Tobii ATI), the premier developer of innovative eye tracking and speech technology solutions for people with disabilities, today announced LiterAACy, an innovative new vocabulary system that makes it easier for individuals with speech and communication impairments to learn how to read and write.

Reading and writing skills are the cornerstones of self expression, development and the integration into school, work and society. For those with speech and communication impairments, there are many barriers to learning basic reading and writing skills. Traditional learning strategies often require a steep learning curve where the student needs to be able to cipher and decipher entire words and sentences. For many individuals in need of assistive and augmentative communication (AAC) this becomes an insurmountable obstacle and as a result they never learn to read and write.

LiterAACy approaches reading and writing skills in a new way that makes these critical communication skills more accessible to the disabled. The vocabulary system categorizes words by their first letter so that users with knowledge of the initial sound of a word can quickly access it. On average a user can access up to 3,000 words by just two key presses. By offering such quick rewards, the student using LiterAACy is more likely to become a well integrated, successful communicator and a highly motivated learner to further their reading and writing skills.

LiterAACy is so intuitive and easy to use that not only students, but teachers, relatives and caregivers can start using it immediately – the entire community system avoids unnecessary learning detours. LiterAACy includes pages for e-mail, chat, quick words, phrases and more that is needed by augmented and alternative communicators.

Tobii ATI also recently launched Sono Primo, another new vocabulary system addressing a carefully selected set of communicative situations within a child’s world of experience. Each context offers a broad variety of pre-programmed content that makes it easy to create lively interactions through joined activities. The material allows exploring communicative roles, coach participation, as well as model language use in a playful and entertaining way. Sono Primo is based on the research of leading scientists in the field of AAC with young children.

System requirements

LiterAACY requires Tobii Communicator 4.x or higher. LiterAACy offers additional functionality such as e-mail, chat, sms, camera control etc., functions that require the appropriate hardware, for example the Tobii C-Series.

Sono Primo requires Tobii Communicator 4.5 and a MyTobii P10, Tobii C8 or Tobii C12. Tobii Sono Primo also runs with Tobii SymbolMate and a Tobii S32.

Pricing

LiterAACy and Sono Primo are free of extra cost when purchasing a Tobii communication device together with Tobii Communicator.

More information

For more information about LiterAACy, please visit www.tobiiati.com, or www.literaacy.com. LiterAACy has been developed by Lars Tiedemann, University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

About Tobii ATI

Tobii ATI, headquartered in Dedham, Massachusetts, is a market leader and premier developer of innovative eye tracking and speech technology solutions for people with disabilities. Tobii ATI’s products open a whole new world of opportunity for people who cannot speak or otherwise communicate. The company’s eye tracking technology enables users to simply use their gaze to type out words to turn into speech, or connect with others through e-mail and the Internet. Their speech technology allows children and adults with communication disabilities to communicate via a touch screen of symbols or text. Tobii ATI’s eye controlled and speech products give individuals with communication disabilities a voice, a social life, and a way to live more fulfilled, integrated and independent lives. Tobii ATI is a division of Tobii AB, located in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information, please visit www.tobiiati.com or call 800-793-9227.

Contacts

Tobii ATI
Carl Derry, 978-355-7143
Carl.derry@tobiiati.com
or
PAN Communications
Carrie Callahan, 978-474-1900
TobiiATI@pancomm.comm

Contacts

Tobii ATI
Carl Derry, 978-355-7143
Carl.derry@tobiiati.com
or
PAN Communications
Carrie Callahan, 978-474-1900
TobiiATI@pancomm.comm