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 New application 'speaks' for people with communication disabilities

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Date posted: 02/05/2010

People with communication disabilities now have the power to "speak" clearly, thanks to a new iPhone application created by College of Education doctoral candidate Samuel Sennott and David Niemeijer, a software expert in the Netherlands.

Sennott, who is pursuing a doctorate in Penn State?s Special Education Program, worked with Niemeijer to develop Proloquo2Go, an application that runs on iPhone, iPod Touch, and other portable hand-held devices. Proloquo2Go opens new doors of communication for children and adults who have autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities, as well as stroke and accident victims who have lost the ability to speak.

A user communicates simply by pressing buttons containing illustrated symbols and activating a natural-sounding text-to-speech voice output. Proloquo2Go features a default vocabulary of more than 7,000 items.

Sennott conceptualized the Proloquo2Go idea several years ago while leading an inclusion program on the north shore of Massachusetts.

?I saw how my students with disabilities needed powerful, yet affordable and cool technology to help them communicate,? he said.

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