AAC Tech Consultancy specialises in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to empower people with disabilities in their daily lives. We specialise in the use of Apps and mobile devices for the purpose of communication; however, we also offer other services.Impowering Apps offers services in the areas of Training, Assessment, Consultation and Implementation.
We offer bespoke training sessions for individual, groups and organisations on various topics from beginners courses on the use of mobile devices and Apps to tailored training sessions on the use and implementation of specific communication Apps.
Prior to beginning any intervention we complete an evidence based assessment in order to determine if a person is suitable to use a mobile device and App as a form of AAC.
We also offer consultation services in the areas of Apps and mobile devices, development of health and social care informatics software and the implementation of interventions.
Finally, we offer individualised implementation services that provides an extensive programme of implementation of an intervention. With this we offer on site support to parents, teachers, etc. with the implementation of the intervention.
Research has shown that the effective use of iPads/Tablets and specific purpose Apps reduces the intensity and frequency of the presence of behaviours that challenge. The specific purpose of the App is key to the successful decrease of behaviours that challenge. Thus, the function of the App is directly linked to the function of the behaviour and its potential reduction.
The use of iPads/Tablets and Apps has proven successful for people with disabilities with respect to increased social inclusion. This is attributed to the ambiquity of the devices and reduced stigma around engaging with a form of AAC. The device and App has proven successful for eliminating the social anxiety around direct engagement with others; thus, using the device as a medium increases social inclusion for those with disabilities.
Evidence-based studies have identified independence as a key benefit resulting from the use of iPads/Tablets and Apps for specific purposes. Increased independence has particularly been attributed to the use of communication Apps. The use of a communication App empowers the person to independently develop their own vocabulary; thus, they are no longer dependent upon stakeholders (parents and professionals) to pre-empt their vocabulary needs.