92 Free or Lite Versions of AAC Apps

July 10, 2012 by - Leave your thoughts

92 Free or Lite Versions of AAC Apps
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We’re back again with an updated list of free and lite versions of AAC apps that includes many additions for the Android platform. As in the past, we’re including some additional resources and excerpts from previous posts related to AAC app selection and the larger context of AAC assessment. We’ve appreciated the feedback on first draft of RELAAACs, our attempt to quantify some of what we look for when we try to compare AAC apps based on their language and communication features, and continue to welcome your suggestions. We do have plans to revise and update this once we get through the summer semester. (The trimester system is a killer!)

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Thanks to all who’ve given us great feedback and suggestions on our list of free and lite AAC apps. If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we have mixed feelings about the AAC app revolution. More specifically, we’ve had concerns about the decision-making process around app selection, and have advocated for that to occur within the context of a feature match process that gives appropriate attention to the full range of AAC options.

In our digital curation sites, we link to tools we use for this process, such as the feature match forms developed by Jessica Gosnell at Boston Children’s and the ones created by Scott Marfilius and Kelly Fonner. In our own teaching and clinical work, when AAC apps are being considered, we’re beginning to use a supplemental rubric that focuses more specifically on the language aspects of the app using this working draft. That is still in the preliminary stages, but we are happy to share the initial draft.

Because this list sometimes gets circulated without the context in which it was originally developed, we decided to include some previous posts, resources, and comments related to this topic.

1. Our post on 5 Things to Do Before you Choose an AAC App
2. Comprehensive AAC app list for iPhone and iPad by Jane Farrall
3. Scoop.It collection and Pinterest boards with AAC app sites and videos
4. OCALI’s listing of apps for individuals with ASD
5. Tech Connect’s Apps Assistant
6. The App Academy’s site for app training videos

And, finally, some excerpts from our original post:

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Graduate student SLPs are a fairly diverse group, but one thing that is common to almost all of them is that they are on a very limited budget. Although many of the AAC apps are reasonably priced, even that can be a lot for a struggling student. We wanted to put together a list of the free or lite versions of AAC apps for them to explore on their own iDevices.

First, a few caveats:
1. Selection of AAC tools is always made after a thorough assessment. This is as true for apps as it is for SGDs.
2. This list isn’t intended in any way to endorse these apps or suggest that the free/lite version is sufficient. Hopefully, it will give future professionals a taste of what these  apps can do and allow them to begin to think about how to make decisions about this in the context of a feature match assessment. Review sites like the one at Spectronics and OCALI can be very useful when you are trying to see some of the features that apps contain.
3. This list isn’t comprehensive. If you have links to other AAC apps that are free or have lite versions, please send them along and we will update our list.
4. Students, remember what we’ve taught you about AAC. This doesn’t supersede what you’ve learned about AAC and language assessment, symbol selection, multimodal communication, etc.

iDevice Free or Lite AAC Apps

  1. AlexiCom AAC
  2. Answers: Yes/No Free
  3. Assistive TTS
  4. Augie Free (NEW in US)
  5. Autism 5-Point Scale EP (Autism Help)
  6. Com App
  7. Comunicador Personal Adaptable(Spanish)
  8. Communicate Mate Female
  9. Communicate Mate Male
  10. Connect Cards
  11. DIME Lite
  12. Fat Cat Fast 20
  13. Fat Cat Pirate Chat
  14. FreeSpeech
  15. Functional Communication System Lite
  16. Gabby Tabs Lite
  17. Grid Player
  18. iBlissymbols Lite
  19. iComm
  20. iPhonic Lite
  21. iPicto Lite
  22. Locabulary Lite
  23. MetaTalk Lite
  24. My Choice Pad Lite
  25. My Talking Phone
  26. MyTalk Tools
  27. Neo Julie (also Kate and Paul)
  28. Noni Lite
  29. OneVoice-AAC
  30. PandaPal AAC (NEW)
  31. Phrase Board
  32. Pic A Word
  33. Pics Aloud Lite
  34. Picture Card Maker
  35. Picture Board
  36. PocketAAC-Lite
  37. Point to Pictures Lite (NEW)
  38. Say Hi AAC
  39. SayItForMe Lite (NEW)
  40. See and Say Lite
  41. Scene & Heard Lite
  42. Small Talk Aphasia (Male & Female)
  43. Small Talk Conversational Phrases
  44. Small Talk Daily Activities
  45. Small Talk Intensive Care
  46. Small Talk Pain Scale
  47. Sounding Board
  48. SFY_Speak4Youself Lite (Recently pulled from iTunes but may be reinstated)
  49. Speech Button
  50. Speech Buttons Free
  51. Sono Flex Lite
  52. Speak All
  53. Speak for Yourself LAT Kids
  54. Spubble Lite
  55. Talk Assist
  56. Talking Cards Lite
  57. Talking Text
  58. Talk Tommy
  59. Talk to Me 100 (free version has 9 locations)
  60. Talk 4 Me
  61. Tap to Talk
  62. Touch Chat Lite
  63. Verbally
  64. VocaBeans EN
  65. VoiceSymbol AAC

Android Free or Lite AAC Apps

  1. AAC Speech Communicator (French, English) (NEW)
  2. AAC Talking Tabs
  3. Alexicomm for Android (30+ free pages)
  4. Autism Speech – Diego Says
  5. Free AAC
  6. FalaFacil – DiegoDiz (Portugues)
  7. FreeSpeech (NEW)
  8. Gabby Tabs Lite: AAC for Kids (NEW)
  9. HablaFacil – DiegoDice (Spanish)
  10. iToucan Talk (NEW)
  11. JABTalk
  12. LangLearner Speaker (NEW)
  13. MyVoice MyWords Tablet (NEW)
  14. PictoDroid Lite (Spanish, English) (NEW)
  15. Sono Flex Lite
  16. SpeakForMe Free (NEW)
  17. Speaking Pad
  18. Talk Android
  19. Talk 2 All (for phone communication) (NEW)
  20. Tap Talk Free (NEW)
  21. Tap to Talk
  22. Touch and Go Speak (NEW)
  23. Touch-n-Say (NEW)
  24. Two Speak (NEW)
  25. Type and Speak
  26. VirtualTEC (NEW)
  27. Vocal Slides (NEW)

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