For communication to be effective, AAC devices need to be quick, effortless and natural to the user. LiterAACy is a system that makes it easier for individuals with speech and communication impairments to learn how to read and write. Individuals who use LiterAACy can make their first experiences with letters and words – just like other children, who first scribbles with pencils.
Traditionally a steep learning curve
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 quite an obstacle that they can’t tackle, and as a result they never learn to read and write.
Quick wins motivates
LiterAACy takes a different approach to learning how to read and write. LiterAACy categorizes words by their first letter, so that users with knowledge of the initial sound of a word quickly can access it. On average a user can access up to 3,000 words by just two key presses. Offering such quick wins the student is likely to become more motivated to further develop their reading and writing skills.
Techniques that makes learning and typing faster
Using the clear SymbolStix symbols, color coding according to the Fitzgerald key, deliberate hiding of letters and the clear speech output all facilitates the advancements of the reading and writing skills even further.
Easy to use for teachers, relatives and caregivers
LiterAACy is intuitive and easy to use that teachers and even relatives and caregivers can start using it immediately.
Tobii LiterAACy requires Tobii Communicator Premium 4.5 or higher.
3,500 words with an average of 2 key presses
A user can access up to 3,500 words by using less than two key presses. By offering such quick rewards the user of LiterAACy is more likely to become a highly motivated learner and successful communicator.
Efficient communication through using the clear SymbolStix® symbols
LiterAACy is based on the Symbolstix Symbols from New-2-You (link to http://symbolstix.n2y.com/About.aspx). Current there are over 12,000 individual drawings/icons that, ranging from generic symbols to ones that depict current events and persons. The unique style of SymbolStix helps low-level and non-readers easily understand text and improve literacy.
Color coding according to the Fitzgerald key
The contents of LiterAACy is consistently color coded according to the Fitzgerald key, that makes it easier to learn and find the type of word you are looking for. For example, verbs have a green background, nouns have an orange background. Even people and social words have their own color in order to help non-verbal individuals communicate more efficiently.
Word prediction by masking of letters speeds up typing
LiterAACy incorporates letter prediction, or exclusion. By dimming out letters that are unlikely to be the next on in a word, leaving the ones that are highly visible, typing speeds increase tremendously.
LiterAACy also supports word prediction to speed up the writing process even further.
Choose between three grid sizes
Depending on your needs, skills and preferences you can choose between three different grid sizes
- 7 by 5 including more than 1000 selected core and fringe vocabulary words
- 9 by 6 including more than 2500 core and fringe vocabulary words
- 12 by 9 including more than 3500 core and fringe vocabulary words
More than words
LiterAACy includes pages for e-mail, chat, quick words, phrases and a lot of more functionality that is needed by augmented and alternative communicators.