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IBM NATIONAL SUPPORT CENTER FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PERSONS WITH SPEECH OR LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENTS P.O. Box 2150 Atlanta, GA 30301-2150 Continental USA - Telephone: (800) 426-2133 (Voice) ˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙Telephone: (800) 284-9482 (TDD) IMPORTANT NOTICE This report helps to identify products which may assist disabled individuals in accessing IBM Personal Computers and the IBM Personal System/2 family of products. The report includes only a portion of the products, vendors and support groups which are available. IBM does not recommend, endorse or assist customers in any way in the selection, review or acquisition of non-IBM products, including those listed in this publication. IBM takes no responsibility whatsoever with regard to the selection, performance or use of the products herein listed. All understandings, agreements or warranties must take place directly between the program/product suppliers and prospective users. IBM makes no warranties of any kind with respect to the contents hereof, the products listed herein, or the completeness or accuracy of this publication. IBM specifically disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. March 2, 1990 IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities The IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities serves to help health care leaders, agency directors, policy makers, employers, educators, public officials and individuals learn how technology can improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities in the school, home and workplace. The Center responds to requests for information on how computers can help people with impairments affecting vision, hearing, speech, learning and mobility. While the Center is unable to diagnose or prescribe an assistive device or software, information is provided on what is available and where one can go for more details. P.O. Box 2150 Atlanta, GA 30301-2150 (800) 426-2133 (Continental USA Voice) (800) 284-9482 (Continental USA TDD) TABLE OF CONTENTS _________________ HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 TECHNOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Cognitive Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Electronic Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 IBM PhoneCommunicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 IBM Personal System/2 SpeechViewer . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 SUPPORT GROUPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE _____________________ This guide presents information about some of the technology and services that are available to help persons with disabilities. Some of the information deals with devices that may be attached to IBM computers to allow a disabled individual to lead a more independent and productive life. The guide is organized as follows: INTRODUCTION This section provides a general overview of the disability, including a discussion of how computer technology can improve the employability and quality of life of persons with disabilities. TECHNOLOGY This section lists products which may be used with IBM Personal Computers and the IBM Personal System/2 family of products to adapt the technology for persons with disabilities. SUPPORT GROUPS National agencies, associations and support groups available to persons with disabilities are listed in another guide, "Technology for Persons with Disabilities - an Introduction." Local, state and regional groups are listed in another guide, "Support Organizations." Both of these guides may be ordered from the Center. INDEX The index contains two lists: products and vendors. Please contact the vendor directly for more product information. How to Use This Guide 1 2 Introduction INTRODUCTION ____________ Speech and language disorders include defects of articulation, voice production and rhythm; cleft-palate speech; delayed speech development; disorders associated with hearing impairments; and impairment of language function. HOW COMPUTERS HELP PERSONS WITH SPEECH AND LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENTS A speech or language disorder is not a detriment to operating a computer. Software and hardware may be modified to compensate a speech disability. A speech synthesizer connected to a computer or incorporated into the software can be used as a training and teaching aid for the speech-impaired person or as voice output for the non-vocal person. For the non-vocal or speech-impaired person who also has mobility impairments, eyetracking systems, light sensors, alternate switches and alternate keyboard devices may serve as communication aids and as alternate input devices to the computer. Special computer programs have been developed to assist the speech- or language-impaired person to develop adequate articulation or language skills. These special programs assess disorders of speech and language and assist the speech-impaired person to practice speech sound, using the computer as a listener to provide objective feedback on the quality of repetition. Cognitive rehabilitation software identifies and treats cognitive deficits in stroke- and brain-injured persons. This software concentrates on the detection and retraining of language function such as perceptual deficits, memory, categorization, sequencing and association. IBM recently provided funds to develop the MICHIGAN MEMORY SERIES of Software, a series which will prove useful for children and students with learning disabilities, communication disorder, reading disorder, autism, mental retardation and other problems. The program will be useful for adults with stroke, closed head injury and other neurological problems. (For more information, see the Michigan Memory Series listing in the product section.) Input devices that are self-contained, portable communication aids may be used by the speech-impaired or non-vocal person when a computer is not conveniently accessible. These electronic devices usually have associated snythesizers and may be operated with switches if needed. Introduction 3 4 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments TECHNOLOGY __________ Therapy Special computer programs have been designed to assist the speech or language impaired person. These special software programs allow the speech impaired person to practice speech sounds using the computer as a listener providing objective feedback on the quality of repetition. Software programs also assist the professional in assessing disorders of speech and language. PRODUCT: ANI-VOX COMPUTER SPEECH SYSTEMS VENDOR: Animated Voice Corporation P. O. Box 819 San Marcos, CA 92069 800-942-3699 ˙ (619) 744-8190 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Ani-Vox Computer Speech Systems are hardware/software voice input/output packages designed to enhance speech communication skills and understanding - including pitch, rate, intensity, resonance, phonation, articulation, accent removal and auditory training. The modules convert voice into real-time, animated graphics for user matching and quantitative assessment. Exercises may be practiced with an instructor or stand-alone at the user's pace with custom vocabularies and models. Ani-Vox is available in professional and personal models for institutional and individual use. Applications range from preschool to adult. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CAFET VENDOR: Cafet 4208 Evergreen Lane - Suite 213 Annandale, VA 22003 (703) 941-8903 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Cafet is a cognitive behavioral approach to fluency or stuttering therapy. It integrates the feedback from phonatory and respiratory functions. Cafet proceeds in 54 modular steps at increasing levels of language comlexity. Each step involves drill and practice at the computer, at the individual's own pace. Visual biofeedback and real-time messages on the computer sxreen measure progress and point out breathing and voicing errors. The results are recorded on a diskette for printing and analysis. Designed for use in school systems, hospitals and other speech clinics, the Cafet program is licensed as a complete package, including: internal circuit board, respiratory transducer, respiratory sensor, microphone and training seminar for a certified speech/language pathologist. __________________________________________________________________ Therapy 5 PRODUCT: DIAGNOSTIC REPORT WRITER VENDOR: Parrot Software P.O. Box 1139 State College, PA 16804 (814) 237-7282 ˙ (800) PARROT1 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Diagnostic Report Writer creates a three page single-spaced diagnostic report for a child with a communication disorder from a list of questions; sections of the report include developmental and background history, oral peripheral exam, speech and language analysis, summary and recommendations. Report types include misarticulation, language delay, stuttering and voice. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: GRAMMAR GREMLINS VENDOR: Davidson & Associates Inc. 3135 Kashiwa Street Torrance, CA 90505 (213) 534-4070 ˙ (800) 556-6141 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This product presents the basic rules of grammar and offers practice with a game and skill-building activities to improve writing and speaking skills. It contains over 60 rules and over 600 practice sentences presented on four levels of difficulty that cover abbreviations, subject/verb agreement, capitalization, contractions, parts of speech, plurals, possessives, punctuation and sentence structure. Pretest, skill building and review activities are included. The editing feature allows users to add problems. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: IBM PC PARTS OF SPEECH SERIES: LEVELS II AND III VENDOR: IBM Educational Systems Available through Certified Education Specialist (800) 222-7257 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IBM PC Parts of Speech Series: Levels II and III use problems and examples to help students learn the grammatical skills they need to speak and write clearly˙and correctly. In the series' "Whatzit" activity, students create sentences that are then acted out by cartoon characters - but only if the sentences are grammatically correct. With the IBM Personal Computer Parts of Speech Series, students learn to recognize the most important parts of speech, learn to use the parts of speech correctly in constructing sentences and receive practice and guidance in the correct use of many troublesome word forms and grammatical patterns. __________________________________________________________________ 6 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: IBM PERSONAL SYSTEM/2 SPEECHVIEWER VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Ops: Systems Products One Culver Rd. Dayton, NJ 09910 (800) 426-2468 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SpeechViewer is a professional clinical tool that addresses a key element in speech therapy: the feedback process. Bold animated displays and audio playback refine and simplify the process by focusing on the speech signal and by making feedback information clear and meaningful. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: IBM PHONECOMMUNICATOR VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Ops: Systems Products One Culver Rd. Dayton, NJ 09910 (800) 426-2468 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The IBM PhoneCommunicator brings a wide range of telephone communication options to the fingertips of the person who is hearing- and/or speech-impaired through the power of the IBM Personal Computer. Designed for home and business use, PhoneCommunicator provides telephone communications with hearing persons using most Touch Tone telephones, communicates with both Baudot and ASCII Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDDs), prints and saves telephone conversations, has an auto answer mode, runs other programs while PhoneCommunicator is active, generates and saves special messages for later recall and use with touch tone and TDD conversations, and can be used with emulators and local area networks. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MICHIGAN MEMORY SERIES SOFTWARE VENDOR: University of Michigan - Intellectual Properties Dept. 475 East Jefferson - # 2354 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1248 (313) 764-8202 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Serial Recall: Assessment software program is a norm-referenced test of linguistic and non-linguistic sequential recall to assess memory span using the established span technique. This is the first release of a series of four programs collectively called the Michigan Memory Series Software. Computer presentation provides a controlled and systematic test administration featuring instructions, test stimuli, digitized real speech, continuous randomization of test components and data collection/analysis features. Information may be informative for children with learning and hearing disabilities, speech and communication disorders, autism, mental retardation, memory and reading disorders. __________________________________________________________________ Therapy 7 PRODUCT: MICRO SPEECH LAB VENDOR: Kay Elemetrics Corporation 12 Maple Ave. Pine Brook, NJ 07058 (201) 227-2000 ˙ (800) 289-5297 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Micro Speech Lab is a hardware/software package for the capture and analysis of speech or other signals on the IBM PC. Signal input, waveform display, audio output, analysis and file management can be performed. The program allows the user to splice a sound sample in visual and auditory modes and to condition the signal segment to required specifications. The following parameters are user specified: sampling rate up to 20,000 per second (25,000 with an IBM AT); segment duration up to 64,000 sample points; a quantizing rate of 8- or 10- bit; and simultaneous pitch and amplitude display. Each lab package contains a data acquisition board, hardware, software, microphones, headphones and documentation. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NASOMETER VENDOR: Kay Elemetrics Corporation 12 Maple Ave. Pine Brook, NJ 07058 (201) 227-2000 ˙ (800) 289-5297 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The nasometer measures in real-time the ratio of acoustic energy from the nasal and oral cavities. Visual biofeedback provides a target for clients to use to learn proper velopharyngeal control. As the client speaks ,a microphone collects data, which is translated into the nasal/oral ratio and displayed on the screen. The software calculates statistical information for screen display, filing or printout. The Nasometer is useful in the evaluation of clients and in actual therapy sessions by providing biofeedback. It consists of an input device (two directional microphones and a nasal/oral separator), analysis circuits which utilize an IBM PC and a software program. __________________________________________________________________ 8 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: PARROT EASY LANGUAGE SAMPLE ANALYSIS (PELSA) VENDOR: Parrot Software P.O. Box 1139 State College, PA 16804 (814) 237-7282 ˙ (800) PARROT1 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PELSA is designed for grammatical analysis of a language sample. The user types and translates a language sample of up to 100 utterances. The computer analyzes the sample and provides the following analyses: percentage correct of specific demonstratives, locatives, pronouns, conjunctions, articles, prepositions, possessives, comparatives, superlatives, modals, past tense markers and present progressive markers. The user is provided with a list of auxillary + verb, infinitive, past tense and present progressive verb forms. There is a table of the percentage correct, number of affirmative, negative and question sentence types, number of utterances, number of words used and mean length of response. Other features include: language sample editing, printout of results, ability to save a corpus for retrieval and analysis and a tutorial for coding a language sample. Another program, Parrot Language Sample Utility, allows a user to modify PELSA to analyze transcript information. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PEPPER VENDOR: Strathmore Instruments Box 4503 Madison, WI 53711 (608) 263-9864 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PEPPER: Programs to Examine Phonetic and Phonologic Evaluation Records is a series of speech analysis programs designed to examine phonetic, phonologic and prosodic aspects of normal and disordered speech. Speech transcripts can be entered using broad (IPA) or more narrow phonetic transcription systems for single or multiple samples. Ten programs provide quantitative profiles of consonants, vowels, diphthongs, by segment, word, position, feature and phonological process. Flexible output programs allow the user to select and order speech tokens for individualized qualitative analyses, including Structural Statistics, Percentage of Consonants Correct, a series of Articulation Tests, Natural Phonologic Process Analysis and Word Lists. Data allow client and subject profiles to be compared to other profiles. Four disks, phonetic keyboard template and forms for keeping files are included. System requires two disk drives, dot matrix printer and a display for an IBM PC AT or XT. __________________________________________________________________ Therapy 9 PRODUCT: SALT (SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE TRANSCRIPTS) VENDOR: Language Analysis Lab, Waisman Center 1500 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53705 (608) 263-5408 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SALT is a language analysis tool with coding and analysis options to meet specific needs. SALT performs over 50 analyses of language samples, with flexible coding and editing, including: total, complete and incomplete utterances; total words, root words, TTR and MLU; Brown's stage and related normative data; pauses, transcript duration and morpheme analysis; utterance attempts/minute, words/minute; number of utterances by length; number of turns by utterance length; word frequencies for question words, negatives, conjunctions, auxilliary verbs, semi-auxilliary verbs, 8 types of pronouns, omitted word roots or bound morphemes and user coded words. SALT can be directed to find symbols, words or combinations of items before, after or with any other items. SALT can be directed to insert codes or words or utterances automatically, minimizing hand coding. An IBM PC with 256K of memory and two disk drives is required. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SOFTWARE DIRECTORY/COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDER VENDOR: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Publication Sales Office, ASHA 10801 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 (301) 897-5700 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Software Directory provides descriptions on software programs which address communication skill areas including audiology, cognitive retraining, fluence, language, speech, voice and writing. Each description includes information on the publisher, target populations, computer requirements and program content. __________________________________________________________________ 10 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: SOFTWARE FOR SPEECH, LANGUAGE, HEARING PROFESSIONALS VENDOR: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Publication Sales Office, ASHA 10801 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 (301) 897-5700 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has six software instructional packages for speech-language-hearing professionals to introduce a wide range of clinical and administratives uses for the microcomputer. The packages may be purchased as a set or individually. An Overview of Microcomputer Applications for Speech, Language, Hearing Problems introduces computer awareness and various applications. Microcomputer Assisted Intervention presents treatment applications useful in the client intervention process. Microcomputer Applications in Assessment includes a demonstration program and describes how computers help evaluate communication disorders. Microcomputer Applications for Audiologists illustrates assessment and rehabilitative uses for professionals working with hearing impaired individuals. Administrative Applications includes an interactive workbook and tutorial software disk and Software Evaluation for Professionals teaches the novice the Users System for Evaluating and Reviewing Software. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VISI-PITCH VENDOR: Kay Elemetrics Corporation 12 Maple Ave. Pine Brook, NJ 07058 (201) 227-2000 ˙ (800) 289-5297 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Visi-Pitch family of products provides speech/language pathologists, educators and researchers with the tools to analyze speech and voice characteristics and interface to an IBM PC or PS/2. As a clinical tool, it treats voice disorders, motor speech disorders, laryngectomees and hearing-impaired clients. The client's understanding is enhanced by a concrete visual representation. The display allows the speaker to see monotone speech, prolongations of words and syllables, improper stress placement and inappropriate pitch and loudness levels. __________________________________________________________________ Therapy 11 12 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments Cognitive Skills The programs listed here concentrate on the detection, training and retraining of cognitive and conceptual deficits. Some of the skill areas addressed include attention, memory, problem-solving, scanning, categorization and comprehension. These programs may be used with individuals who have deficits due to a stroke or traumatic head injury or who have a learning disability. PRODUCT: ALPINE TRAM RIDE VENDOR: Merit Software 13635 Gamma Rd. Dallas, TX 75244 (800) 238-4277 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Deductive reasoning is used to discover which of 10 animals are riding on four tram cars. Feedback after each attempt forces learners to reassess their solution and find the animals in a minimum number of tries. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ANIMAL HOTEL VENDOR: Merit Software 13635 Gamma Rd. Dallas, TX 75244 (800) 238-4277 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Animal Hotel is a memory game similar to the game Concentration. Users choose the level of challenge by selecting from different time requirements and difficulty levels to find animals staying in hotels. Individual scoring is provided after each practice session. __________________________________________________________________ Cognitive Skills 13 PRODUCT: APHASIA SERIES: I THROUGH VIII VENDOR: Parrot Software P.O. Box 1139 State College, PA 16804 (814) 237-7282 ˙ (800) PARROT1 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These programs for aphasics and others with reading and comprehension problems operate with a single switch or space bar. In Aphasia I (Noun Association) and Aphasia II (Opposites-Similarities), the client matches a word to one of 10 words on the screen. Aphasia III (Categories) operates in the same way, except the clinician controls the time necessary for a response (from 3 to 30 seconds). Aphasia IV (Reading Comprehension) contains 10 stories with adult themes, with literal and inferential levels. A reading cursor highlights one line of the story at a time. Aphasia V (Sentence Completion) presents choices of words to fill in a sentence. Aphasia VI (Definitions) is identical except three definitions are presented as options for a word; foreign language or user-defined definitions are possible. Aphasia VII (Picture Identification) flashes pictures and asks user to spell the name of the object, highlighting incorrect letters. Aphasia VIII (Picture Naming) displays a picture and the user chooses the correct name from three options. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CAPTAIN'S LOG: COGNITIVE TRAINING PROGRAM VENDOR: BrainTrain Inc. 1915 Huguenot Road Richmond, VA 23235 (804) 379-2253 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CAPTAIN'S LOG was designed to train basic cognitive functions including attention, memory, concentration, visual/motor and reasoning skills. There are 28 programs in four modules: attention skills, visual/motor skills, conceptual skills and numeric concepts/memory skills. It uses a mouse, a trackball, a special joystick system or a Sip 'n' Puff Visual Control System to control the system. The VCS option enables the program to be controlled with head movement and breathing actions. The mouse or trackball input requires only one hand. Program options include three levels of difficulty in the game-like skill training, assessment mode or training mode, time of the trial and presence or absence of visual cues or prompts. Each of the four modules is on a disk, the System Master is for record management and back-up, and a data disk is included. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CAVE GIRL CLAIR VENDOR: Rhiannon Software 3717 Titan Dr. Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 320-7584 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This program portrays believable children in realistic stories, rewards both integrated and creative thinking, values keen observation and memory over speed and enhances children's understanding of the natural world. __________________________________________________________________ 14 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: CLOWNING AROUND VENDOR: Merit Software 13635 Gamma Rd. Dallas, TX 75244 (800) 238-4277 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A˙clown˙displays˙12˙objects˙from˙five˙classes˙and˙learner must use memory and discrimination skills to recall all 12 objects in as few tries as possible. Features random generation of objects, graphics and a challenging format. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COGNITIVE DISORDERS SERIES: I - IV VENDOR: Parrot Software P.O. Box 1139 State College, PA 16804 (814) 237-7282 ˙ (800) PARROT1 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: All programs in this series are for aphasics and others with cognitive disorders. Each requires only the space bar and enter key to operate. The programs teach category naming and completion, discrimination and reasoning, attention, perception and memory for pictures. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COGNITIVE REHABILITATION SERIES VENDOR: Hartley Courseware Inc. 133 Bridge Street - Box 419 Dimondale, MI 48821 (800) 247-1380 ˙ (517) 646-6458 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This series addresses a variety of organizational deficits which often result from traumatic brain injury and other neurologic impairments. There are five program disks: four deal with Categorization (fits and misfits), Sequencing, Association and Memory; the fifth is an authoring program to allow a clinician to individualize or expand activities from the four disks. Lessons are presented in a large, upper/lower case letterset. Design options allow controlling the number of presentations and tries before answers are given and the parameters on terminating a lesson. __________________________________________________________________ Cognitive Skills 15 PRODUCT: COGREHAB VENDOR: Life Science Associates 1 Fenimore Road Bayport, NY 11705 (516) 472-2111 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: COGREHAB comprises 21 programs divided into four groups for diagnosis and treatment of attentional, memory and perceptual disorders. These units are for professionals or for use under the guidance of a professional. COGREHAB Vol. 1 identifies and treats cognitive deficits in strokes and brain injuries in a comprehensive program; Vol. 2 focuses on detection and retraining of perceptual deficits; Vol. 3 is for independent use by individuals with memory and related cognitive problems caused by an injury to the brain; Vol. 4 spans low to high level skills. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COMPUTER PROGS. FOR NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING & REHAB. VENDOR: Dr. Robert Sbordone, Ph.D. Orange County Neuropsychological Group 8840 Warner Ave. Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (714) 841-6293 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Sbordone-Hall Memory Battery provides the automatic assessment of 18 memory functions and statistical analysis of the results. The program provides performance data and analysis and comparison of patient scores and operates with an Echo speech synthesizer for auditory feedback (optional). __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FOUNDATIONS VENDOR: Psychological Software Services Inc. 6555 Carrollton Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 257-9672 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Foundations I is a series of visual and auditory reaction training programs, recording reaction time to a square presented randomly in time and place. Reaction to colored squares presented at random is recorded, as well as right or left reaction to a square on either side of a vertical line. Response time to a tone is measured, as well as accuracy and speed of response to a randomly presented variation in a tracking line. All programs require a joystick. Foundations II is a series of visual scanning, tracking and reaction training programs; a color monitor is required. __________________________________________________________________ 16 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: MEMORY I AND II VENDOR: Psychological Software Services Inc. 6555 Carrollton Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 257-9672 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Memory I is a series of four memory training programs. Spatial memory asks users to learn an escape route from a maze, where a correct guess advances the user and incorrect returns the cursor to the beginning. Verbal Memory (Sequenced Words) presents a series of words and asks the user to select the same words from an array of sixteen words in the order they were presented. Auditory Memory presents one or more tones that seem to slide up or down the scale and asks the user to reproduce the series of up/down combinations. Visual/Spatial Memory presents a symbol in a 5x4 matrix, then asks the user to recognize what symbol was seen and where on a blank array the symbol was presented. Program requires a joystick. Memory II is an advanced series; either a keyboard or joystick is required. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MEMORY MATCH VENDOR: Hartley Courseware Inc. 133 Bridge Street - Box 419 Dimondale, MI 48821 (800) 247-1380 ˙ (517) 646-6458 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This concentration-game format presents 25 lessons at different levels of difficulty. All lessons may be easily modified. In addition to any type of paired-associate learning, the program also helps students with visual learning and memory retention. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MICHIGAN MEMORY SERIES SOFTWARE VENDOR: University of Michigan - Intellectual Properties Dept. 475 East Jefferson - # 2354 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1248 (313) 764-8202 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Serial Recall: Assessment software program is a norm-referenced test of linguistic and non-linguistic sequential recall to assess memory span using the established span technique. This is the first release of a series of four programs collectively called the Michigan Memory Series Software. Computer presentation provides a controlled and systematic test administration featuring instructions, test stimuli, digitized real speech, continuous randomization of test components and data collection/analysis features. Information may be informative for children with learning and hearing disabilities, speech and communication disorders, autism, mental retardation, memory and reading disorders. __________________________________________________________________ Cognitive Skills 17 PRODUCT: RACE THE CLOCK VENDOR: Mindplay 3130 North Dodge Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716 (800) 221-7911 ˙ (602) 322-6163 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Race the Clock is a learning game designed after the popular "Concentration" TV gameshow. The user matches pictures with pictures, pictures with words or words with words. Each box presented on the screen displays a verb or an animated figure acting out the verb's action. Selections may be made using the keyboard, a mouse or a joystick (not included). Race the Clock is equipped with a "challenge upgrade option" which allows various skill levels involved to be adjusted, independent of each other. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SOFT TOOLS (1983-88 VERSIONS) VENDOR: Cognitive Rehabilitation 6555 Carrollton Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 257-9672 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Soft Tools programs are menu driven disk versions of computer programs published in each issue of Cognitive Rehabilitation, a bimonthly publication. Soft Tools '84 includes titles such as Baker's Dozen, City Map, Descript Stats, Intercept and Sequential. Soft Tools '85 includes Alphabet, Alphabetizing, Circlematch, Digit/Symbol, Dot-to-Dot, Guess Which, Patterns and Sequences and Seq Memory. Contact Cognitive Rehabilitation for further information. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TASK MASTER VENDOR: Life Science Associates 1 Fenimore Road Bayport, NY 11705 (516) 472-2111 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These˙menu-driven˙programs˙help˙users˙design˙their˙own˙tasks in six areas: Attention/Arousal, Scanning, Memory, Sequencing, Pair Identification and Reading. Therapists set up individualized tasks with their own stimuli (e.g. shopping lists, patients names, etc.) or built-in stimuli. Stimulus position, timing and sequencing are selectable, and tasks can be saved and re-used. Custom instructions may be written by the user. __________________________________________________________________ 18 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: VISPA VENDOR: DEKRO Inc. 4595 Club Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 237-3851 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VISPA, a cognitive training software package for the professional who treats persons with visuospatial deficits, consists of 104 programs in 9 exercise families, with two versions - children and adult. The system employs colored animated graphics that are gamelike but not childish. The VISPA system reacts to user responses, increasing the level of difficulty automatically when the user improves performance and switches to the next exercise family after reaching a peak of proficiency. The system measures and records quantitative information like reaction time, presented stimuli and user responses. A printout of results is generated. All exercises are controlled with a light pen or mouse rather than the standard keyboard. VISPA is available in several languages. __________________________________________________________________ Cognitive Skills 19 20 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments Electronic Communications Children and adults who have a speech or language disorder can use an IBM Personal Computer alone or in conjunction with appropriate software and hardware modifications as augmentative communication aids. Speech synthesizers connected to a computer or incorporated into the software can provide voice output. Alternate keyboard devices may serve as communication aids as well as input devices to the computer. In addition to the electronic communication aids which interface with a computer, portable aids are also available. A portable aid may be used when accessibility to a computer is not convenient or practical. PRODUCT: ACS MEDICOM COMPUTER SYSTEM VENDOR: ACS Telecom 25825 Eshelman Ave. Lomita, CA 90717 (213) 325-3055 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ACS Medicom Computer System is a complete system for communication, environmental control and computer access based on two IBM PCs. The PCs are connected as a parallel system and allow access to all IBM PC software. Two input systems are provided: voice and switch/body movement. The voice input system allows the user to create vocabularies which the computer will recognize and accept. The switch/body movement output system allows the user to enter data with a single switch, multiple switches or a joystick. A voice output option reads the screen via a speech synthesizer. With the ACS Medicom Computer System, the user may run standard software, control various appliances with BSR X-10 control modules, dial and talk on the telephone or communicate via computer networks. The system may be used for wheelchair and robotics control. Expansion options are available. Cost varies depending on features. ACS conducts research in rehabilitation technology. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Communications 21 PRODUCT: ALLTALK VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Alltalk is a portable, battery-powered speech output communication device. Selection of voice output is made with an adaptable, touch sensitive membrane overlay. It generates human voice quality output; the voice of the programmer is stored in reprogrammable microchips. Standard memory capacity is 600 words which can be expanded to 1200 words on special order. The expanded memory (Alltalk 4) permits the user to sequence pictures and store different vocabularies on four levels. Additional vocabularies may be stored using a tape-recorder. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION EVALUATION SYSTEM (ACES) VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ACES is a complete professional workstation for client evaluation. It consists of a microcomputer with 640K and two disk drives, a hard disk (20MB), color and monochrome graphics cards and monitors, a letter-quality printer, speech synthesizer, several switches and software including word processing, database, DOS and utility programs, plus the ACES software. It is designed to guide the user through the augmentative communication evaluation process. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CANON COMMUNICATOR M VENDOR: Canon U.S.A. Inc. One Canon Plaza Lake Success, NY 11042-9979 (516) 488-6700 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Canon Communicator M is a portable communication aid that offers 190 keyboard functions and printed tape output. The A, B, C, D and E keys may be used to store words or phrases of up to 19 characters each. Messages or phrases stored may be changed at any time by the user. The Canon Communicator M may be used as an alternate input to a computer with a serial interface. Output from the Canon Communicator M is to a thermal dot printer. Input is made via direct selection. Keyguards, wheelchair mounting, raincover, arm belts and other accessories are available for the Canon Communicator M. __________________________________________________________________ 22 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: CINTEX VENDOR: NanoPac 4833 South Sheridan Rd. - suite 402 Tulsa, OK 74145-5718 (918) 252-2959 ˙ (918) 665-0329 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CINTEX allows computer input by eyebrow switch, sip-n-puff switch, joystick or other contact switches. It offers functions for word processing and word prediction, printing, appliance and environmental control, telephone support, games, music composition and calculator use. A speech output and voice input function recognize repeated sounds. The word processor contains anticipatory arrays providing word prediction. Its environmental controller operates up to 256 household devices. Telephone support includes automatic dialing, switch to speaker phone, touch or pulse dialing and easy touch-tone access. The word processor accepts and stores musical notes for music composition. The system provides musical playback without additional hardware. Full keyboard support is provided for those using mouthsticks or head pointers. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COMMUNICATION AIDS VENDOR: Crestwood Company P.O. Box 04606 Milwaukee, WI 53204-0606 (414) 461-9876 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This commpany provides over 90 communication aid products for disabled children and adults. They do not handle computer software, but their equipment serves as a starting point, ranging from toys to computers. The types of products include switches, talking aids and various kits of picture cards designed for those who cannot read or speak clearly. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COMMUNICATION PRODUCTS FOR HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS VENDOR: AT & T National Special Needs Center 2001 US Rt. 46 - Suite 310 Parsippany, NJ 07054 (800) 233-1222 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Various communication products for the hearing-impaired, particularly those that relate to the use of telephone service. AT&T offers a line of Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD). __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COMPUTER ASSISTED RELAY SYSTEM (CARS) VENDOR: Phone-TTY Inc. 202 Lexington Ave. Hackensack, NJ 07601 (201) 489-7889 ˙ TDD201 489-7890 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CARS consists of hardware and software used to relay calls between hearing and non-hearing or non-speaking callers. It consists of a switch box, circuit switches and headset. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Communications 23 PRODUCT: E Z COM VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: E Z Com is a scanning and communication system designed for someone who needs widely-spaced characters in the scanning display or who can use auditory scanning with no display; it is for someone who has reasonably good spelling skills and requires single switch input. It is simple and limited - providing relatively slow communication. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EVALPAC VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: EvalPAC is a portable, battery-powered communication aid with human quality, diphone-based voice synthesizer available (male or female voice). It mounts on the Epson keyboard and can be accessed through light pointer, scanning, joystick, Morse code and Memkey Board. Software provides for relocating letter, function and picture/symbol/phrase placement - rearranging the QWERTY keyboard. It has built-in text-to-speech features. It comes with an abbreviation expansion program and memory up to 27,000 characters. Voice output can be assigned to single picture selection or sequencing. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EYETYPER MODEL 300 VENDOR: Sentient Systems Technology Inc. 5001 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 682-0144 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: EyeTyper Model 300 is an electronic keyboard and portable communication aid controlled by eye gaze. The device is placed 11" in front of the user's eyes for selecting letters, numbers or commands by gazing at the appropriate positions. Longer units may be typed using two-gaze combinations. Vocabulary may be programmed by the user with the eyes, from an external keyboard or by loading from disk. Text is displayed on a 40-character display and spoken by a built-in speech synthesizer. Overlays may be purchased or made. Options include a printer, an external display and an external keyboard for programming vocabulary. A built-in keyboard emulating interface is provided, permitting the EyeTyper to be used as an alternate computer keyboard or to run an environmental control system. __________________________________________________________________ 24 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: HELP U TYPE AND SPEAK VENDOR: World Communications 245 Tonopah Dr. Fremont, CA 94539 (415) 656-0911 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Help U Type and Speak is for persons who have difficulty using the computer keyboard and are non-speaking or speech impaired. Features include One Finger Operation, Repeat Key Defeat, Word Prediction, User Defined Dictionaries and Macros. The product provides complete keyboard control and the ability to speak sentences via Text to Speech Converter. A free demo disk is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INTEX TALKER II VENDOR: Intex Micro Systems Corporation P.O. Box 12310 Birmingham, MI 48012 (313) 540-7601 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This portable speech output communication aid has internal batteries and an 80 character display; special HELP key accesses built-in tutorial. Examples are spoken; unlimited vocabulary text-to-speech mode pronounces any keyboard entry. Single keystroke operation on command with up to 40 programmable levels (or pages) available. Symbolic overlay kit with different sized target areas and keyguard available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INTROTALKER (IT-1) VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IntroTalker is a portable, battery-powered speech output communication device for nonspeaking people. It is a limited-function device, offering speech output with limited vocabulary. IntroTalker employs digitized speech, resulting in natural sounding speech. Minspeak semantic vocabulary organization is used in a limited way. It allows vocabulary items to be retrieved using a sequence of up to three multi-meaning icons. The keyboard has 32 keys (1-1/2") and requires 4 oz. of force. It can be programmed by a speaking person using the built-in microphone. The 13"x7"x3" unit weighs 5 lbs. Options include additional memory modules and remote microphone. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Communications 25 PRODUCT: LIFESTYLE PERSONAL COMMUNICATOR VENDOR: Cascade Medical 10180 Viking Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (612) 941-7345 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Lifestyle Personal Communicator, a two-way communication device for people with speech impairments, incorporates a voice synthesizer, connects to telephones to communicate with computers, TDDs/TTYs and has a changeable 253 message memory. Pocket size and weighing 18 ounces, the voice synthesizer speaks to listening people over the phone or in person, has a 1700 word vocabulary, can pre-record messages and has the capability for voice synthesis when words are spelled out. It records messages from computers, TDDs and TTYs; indicates busy signal, ringing or response; and dials phone numbers from memory. It signals incoming calls by alarm, vibrator or flashing light. The word processing function allows many words and phrases to be typed with one keystroke and saves messages in memory for transmission later. The device has clock, calendar and calculator functions. It has a 40 character liquid crystal display with .33 inch character height. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LIGHT TALKER VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Light Talker is an electronic communication aid with synthesized speech output and optional printer or keyboard emulating output. Selection can be direct with an optical head pointer or by scanning with switches (extra). Automatic scanning (single switch), row-and-column scanning (dual switch), directed scanning (multiple switches) and Morse code (two or three switches) are all possible. The Light Talker can be used with Minspeak firmware to allow vocabulary to be stored by abbreviation expansion or semantic compaction. Light Talker can also operate an environmental control system. Options include an external printer, a keyboard emulating interface that works with kits for converting the keyboard to 8 or 32 positions, rather than the usual 128. __________________________________________________________________ 26 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: LIVING BETTER VENDOR: Med-Com Network Inc. 873 Norris Dr. Columbus, OH 43224 (614) 262-0120 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Living Better is a program that produces messages for communication: words are spelled out using a scanning method and any on/off switch plugged into the game port. Nineteen messages are included; they can be modified by the user, and up to 31 additional messages may also be created. Text may be stored on disk, spoken or printed. A game port and synthesizer are required. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MULTI-SCAN VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Multi-Scan allows the computer screen to be used as a scanning communication aid. The instructor designs a grid of communication symbols on a sheet of transparent plastic and places it on the computer screen. Through a system of menus, the instructor selects the number of scanning positions, the scanning speed and, if desired, the word or phrase that will be spoken by a speech synthesizer when a particular selection is made. A lighted area on the screen moves through the positions on the grid, and the user makes the selection by activating a single switch. A Personal Speech System (Votrax International) and the necessary adaptive hardware are required to use Multi-Scan with voice output. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PERSONAL SPEECH SYSTEM (PSS) VENDOR: Votrax Inc. - Consumer Products 38455 Hills Tech Dr. Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3421 (800) 521-1350 ˙ (313) 588-2050 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Personal Speech System (PSS) is a self-contained external speech synthesizer that connects to the serial or parallel port of a computer. Data sent to that port goes to the PSS as it would normally go to a printer and comes out as synthesized speech from an internal speaker. Pronunciation is determined by phonetic rules programmed into the PSS. Optional phonetic rules may be programmed by the user, and text may be sent in standard orthographic or special phonetic spellings. The PSS has music capabilities. A 3,500 character buffer is provided so no delay in speech transmission occurs. Inflection, rate and amplitude of speech are adjustable. The PSS has its own auxiliary serial and parallel ports, so a printer can remain connected while the PSS is hooked up. Contact the manufacturer about voice-output software written for the PSS. This product is supported by the IBM Screen Reader. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Communications 27 PRODUCT: PORTABLE ANTICIPATORY COMMUNICATION AID (PACA) VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This row/column scanning aid has a built-in 24-column printer, microcassette storage unit and optional voice output. The features promote communication, note-taking, writing and calculation. A scanning alphabet "keyboard" changes continuously on the screen to present the most efficient matrix for letters following the previously selected letter. Once two letters are chosen, words are offered that begin with those letters. The PACA has a 750 word memory which automatically learns and ranks all the vocabulary generated. Phrase storage is available by using common abbreviation/expansion codes. All speed and operating characteristics are user-definable from menus. The system is wheelchair mountable and can be used with many single switch controls. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: QED SCRIBE COMMUNICATION AID VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This small communication aid has soft-push membrane keys arranged in a typewriter pattern (QWERTY). Messages are composed and edited on a 24-character visual screen. Selection of the Print key transfers the information to a paper tape of the same line width. Up to 26 messages may be stored and recalled with two keystrokes. A call signal initiates conversations and requests assistance. Finger or pointer may be used to access the keyboard. Features include guarded keyboard, upper/lower case letters on both display and printer and special function keys. QED weighs 1 lb.-12 oz. and is 9-1/2" x 6" x 2". Power source is rechargeable batteries. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: RDS SPEECH AND LEARNING CENTER SYSTEM VENDOR: Royal Data Systems Rt. 14 Box 230 Highway 64 West Morganton, NC 28655 (704) 433-5909 ˙ (800) 843-9750 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The RDS Speech and Learning Center System uses a speech synthesis system, an alternate input device and a software program to create a system which can be customized for a variety of uses. An external hardware device produces human-like machine speech to verbalize both input and output. A touch-sensitive keypad allows separate programmable keys to be defined by a simple keystroke for data input. Stock and custom adaptive applications are provided to configure the system for personal communication needs or for teaching literacy skills. __________________________________________________________________ 28 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: REALVOICE VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: RealVoice is a portable, battery-powered communication aid with human quality, diphone-based speech synthesizer available in male or female voice. The software has built-in text-to-speech features permitting messages to be keyed on the keyboard and spoken by RealVoice or printed. Memory is 27,000 characters. RealVoice has push button dialing telephone capability, adjustable feedback modes, volume control and the ability to store programs on tape. Options include Unicorn Expanded Keyboard, Small Memkey Board, IBM emulators, keyguards and protective cover. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SAY-IT-ALL II PLUS VENDOR: Innocomp 33195 Wagon Wheel Drive Solon, OH 44139 (216) 248-6206 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Say-It-All is a battery-powered text-to-speech sunthesizer. User-defined phrase storage accommodates those with changing communication needs or institutions with multiple users. It adapts to symbol-based communication systems such as Bliss symbols and Touch and Talk stickers. The lightweight unit is 15" x 7" x 1.5" and can be carried or wheelchair mounted. Eight synthesized speech voices are available including male, female and child. Additional Say-It-All units with other options are available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SCANPAC WITH REALVOICE VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ScanPAC with RealVoice is a portable, battery-powered communication aid with a human voice quality, diphone-based speech synthesizer in male or female voice. It can be mounted in a number of positions and attached to the front of the keyboard. ScanPAC can be accessed through scanning, joystick control, Morse code and the Memkey Board. This software gives the ability to relocate letter, function and picture/symbol/phrase placement - rearranging the QWERTY keyboard. ScanPAC comes with an abbreviation expansion program allowing the user to store and recall messages with 1 to 5 letters, numbers, etc. Memory capacity is 27,000 characters. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Communications 29 PRODUCT: SPEAKWRITER 2000 VENDOR: HumanWare Inc. 6140 Horseshoe Bar Rd. - Suite P Loomis, CA 95650 (800) 722-3393 ˙ (916) 652-7253 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Speakwriter 2000 pairs an electronic typewriter with a basic speech synthesizer to provide an electronic typing system that talks. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TALK-O VENDOR: Innocomp 33195 Wagon Wheel Drive Solon, OH 44139 (216) 248-6206 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Talk-O is a portable communication aid. It offers digitized speech output activated by direct select systems or an adaptable light matrix scanner. It has three front panel dials: one allows selection of the dimensionality of the connected switch or light matrix, one provides for the grouping of switches or scanner areas into fewer larger areas, one is a volume control. Phrases are recorded by speaking into the microphone supplied. It supports various access options and the Unicorn expanded keyboard. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES FOR THE DEAF VENDOR: Ultratec Inc. 6442 Normandy Lane Madison, WI 53719 (608) 273-0707 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: In addition to a variety of Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDDs), Ultratec also manufactures signaling devices, large visual TDD displays and TDD emergency devices. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: THE PERSONAL COMPANION VENDOR: Transceptor Technologies Inc. 2001 Commonwealth Blvd. - Suite 205 Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (313) 996-1899 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Personal Companion is a machine that talks - it reads newspapers and magazines, dials and answers the phone, enters checkbook data, takes notes and files information. These functions are performed by a person speaking to the Companion. This voice-driven communication system is for blind, visually-impaired and physically impaired users. __________________________________________________________________ 30 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: TOUCH 'N TALK MICROS VENDOR: Imaginart Communication Products P.O. Box 1868 Idyllwild, CA 92349 (714) 659-5905 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch 'N Talk Micros are smaller (5/8" square) versions of the Touch 'N Talk Communication Stickers that affix to overlays on electronic communication devices to indicate which keys have been programmed to speak a word or phrase. Included in the 660-sticker set are Touch 'N Talk Symbols: less specific graphic symbols used to identify broad categories or abstract ideas. Purpose: to increase communication rate by touching one or two symbols rather than typing an entire message. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCH TALKER VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch Talker is a portable electronic communication aid offering synthesized speech output and optional printer or keyboard emulating output. Selections are made by pushing keys on the membrane keyboard. Messages may be viewed on an LCD display before being spoken. The Touch Talker may be used with Minspeak Firmware to allow vocabulary to be stored and recalled by semantic compaction. Touch Talker also operates an environmental control system; options include an external printer, a keyboard emulating interface and kits for converting the keyboard to 8 or 32 positions (rather than 128) and three application software packages. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TRINE SYSTEM VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ACS Trine System is a three-function communication aid, serving as a portable electronic notebook, a communication aid with printed or synthesized voice output and an alternate input to a general purpose computer. The function can be changed with a single keystroke. The system is based on the Epson HX-20 PC and is equipped with a standard keyboard, an 80-character LCD display, a built-in strip printer, an optional speech synthesizer and the Trine software and documentation. Text can be composed in six word spaces, each holding up to 55 20-character lines and retaining their memory when the power is off. Text can be reviewed on the display and can be spoken (optional), printed or stored on microcassette. Programs for abbreviation expansion (QuicKey) and single-finger operation are provided. The keyboard emulating interface complies with the industry standard for KEIs. RealVoice is not available. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Communications 31 PRODUCT: UNICORN EXPANDED KEYBOARD VENDOR: Unicorn Engineering Inc. 5221 Central Ave. - Suite 205 Richmond, CA 94804 (415) 528-0670 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Unicorn Expanded Keyboard is a user-friendly alternative keyboard with large keys. It operates virtually all software. With a speech synthesizer, each key can output a spoken message. It contains 128 user-definable keys, each 1.25 inch square. Individual keys can be grouped together to form larger squares. The touch-sensitive area of the keyboard measures ten inches by twenty inches. Customizing is accomplished by using interchangeable overlay sheets which slide beneath the clear plastic cover on the Unicorn. Blank overlays are provided which can be labeled using magic markers, pictures, stickers, etc. Interface required. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOIS 160 VENDOR: Phonic Ear Inc. 250 Camino Alto Mill Valley, CA 94941-1466 (415) 383-4000 ˙ FAX415/332-3085 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This portable augmentative communication system is preprogrammed with 891 words and 19 commonly used phrases. Personal programmable memory allows for up to 3000 entries in 100 locations. A keyguard option is available to facilitate accessing. Unlimited vocabulary is available through the combined use of words, phonemes, morphemes and letters. There are 16 "light touch" sensitive membrane keys for 3-digit encoding. Weighing under 3 pounds, the Vois 160 allows for row-column or directed scanning for access by single switch or joystick. Large graphics and tonal scanning are features which can assist a visually-impaired user. An ideal product for individuals with CP, MS, MD and ALS. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WIRELESS DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Wireless Data Transmission System, a portable transmitter and stationary receiver, transmits ASCII output from a PC or communication aid to a stationary computer or environmental control system. The small portable transmitter connects to the portable input device (computer or communication aid) and transmits output via radio waves to a stationary transmitter connected to the computer or environmental control system. The transmitter unit receives power from the portable input device, and the receiver gets power from the host stationary device. An alternative power source may be required for the transmitter. Various portable input devices and stationary computers or environmental controls work with the system. __________________________________________________________________ 32 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments PRODUCT: WORDS+ EQUALIZER VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Equalizer is an integrated speech output and writing system that includes word processing, drawing, games and music capabilities. Communication is enhanced by large, stored vocabulary, rapid access to frequently-used words, word prediction and automated grammatical functions. It allows for fast communication speed for limited access users and can be used by single stroke, two switch, five switch/joystick or full keyboard users. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ TALKING BOARD VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Talking Board is a picture-based communication system that allows complete keyboard control and uses menu-driven programming. It allows the user to arrange the keyboard in any way and can use the Smooth Talker software voice synthesizer or any serial port voice. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ TALKING SCREEN VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Talking Screen is a picture-based communication system for optical pointer, mouse or trackball input. It allows the user to arrange the screen in any way for a simple, menu-driven screen. It uses SmoothTalker software voice synthesizer or any serial port voice. Up to 9 keyboards are allowed: the user changes from one to another by selecting a symbol. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Communications 33 PRODUCT: ZYGO SCANWRITER VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Zygo ScanWRITER is a portable scanning communication and writing aid with a 20-character LCD display, a 20-column built-in printer and optional voice output. The user generates characters from a full keyboard scanning array. Scanning may be row-and-column (single switch) or directed (multiple switches). Up to 800 characters may be stored at 40 locations for quick messages. A 120-character temporary private storage area (for display without printing) is provided. Up to 4000 characters may be stored in 156 locations. A text-to-speech synthesizer may be added for voice output. ScanWRITER can also be used as an alternate keyboard with the purchase of a special keyboard emulating interface. __________________________________________________________________ 34 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments IBM PhoneCommunicator IBM PhoneCommunicator 35 PURPOSE IBM PhoneCommunicator, part of IBM's Independence Series, brings a wide range of telephone communication options to the fingertips of the person who is hearing- and/or speech-impaired through the power of the IBM Personal Computer. IBM PhoneCommunicator is designed for both home and business use, and it consolidates many functions in one system that is easy to use and menu driven. HIGHLIGHTS o Provides telephone communications with hearing persons using most Touch Tone telephones o Communicates with both Baudot and ASCII TDDs, providing the user a full-screen view of the datalog from both parties o Auto Answer mode records messages from touch tone telephone and TDD callers and notes the time/date of the call o Prints and saves any telephone conversation o Runs other programs while PhoneCommunicator is active o The programmable modem provides the ability to communicate with ASCII bulletin boards, allowing the user to browse, inquire and send messages o Special messages can be generated and saved for later recall and use with the touch tone and TDD conversations o Automatic dialing of telephone numbers form the PhoneCommunicator directory o PhoneCommunicator can be used in conjunction with emulators and Local Area Networks CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES The customer is responsible for program setup and operation, implementation of backup procedures and applicable problem determination procedures. WARRANTY SERVICE PhoneCommunicator is designed to meet IBM's high standards for quality and reliability. Each PhoneCommunicator is backed by a three-month limited warranty for the program and a one-year limited warranty on IBM hardware. 36 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments SPECIFIED OPERATING ENVIRONMENT/SUPPORTED SYSTEMS o IBM Personal Computer, IBM PC XT or AT, IBM PC XT-286 o IBM Personal System/2 Model 25, Model 30 or Model 30-286 o PhoneCommunicator requires a minimum of 512K of memory and DOS 3.3 or 4.0 o A double diskette configuration is supported, however, a configuration with a fixed disk is recommended o An analog telephone line is required o With 640KB of memory installed, programs up to 256KB may be run with PhoneCommunicator active; larger programs require an optional memory management program, Software Carousel (version 3.0) from SoftLogic Solutions o To transfer files to/from other systems or to use the PhoneCommunicator adapter in terminal emulation, the user needs an optional communications program, CrossTalk XVI (version 3.61A) from Digital Communications Associates (PhoneCommunicator is not available when this program is active) o The optional programs require a fixed disk ORDERING INFORMATION To order a PhoneCommunicator convenience kit, part number 6450618, call: o (800) 426-3388 (Continental USA Voice) o (800) 426-3383 (Continental USA TDD) o (800) 465-1234 (Canada) If you do not have an IBM Personal Computer or Personal System/2, contact IBM or an Authorized IBM Dealer. To obtain your free copy of the IBM Personal Computing Catalog and the name of your nearest dealer, call (800) 426-2468. SUPPORT The IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities provides technical support for PhoneCommunicator. IBM PhoneCommunicator 37 38 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments IBM Personal System/2 SpeechViewer PURPOSE The IBM Personal System/2 SpeechViewer is a clinical tool that addresses a key element in speech therapy: the feedback process. Animated displays and audio playback refine and simplify the process by focusing on the speech signal and by making feedback information clear and meaningful. This clinical tool for the speech pathologist was based on 10 years of research at the IBM France Scientific Center and the help of teachers and clinicians who used prototypes in 29 countries on 6 continents. HIGHLIGHTS o 12 clinical modules complement therapy methods o Appropriate for all ages and for many speech disorders o Helps clients make progress with each response and provides clients with motivational feedback to hold their interest. o Helps develop basic awareness of selected dimensions of speech, such as pitch, loudness, timing and the presence or absence of voice. o Provides skill-building exercises for speech functions, such as pitch, timing and phoneme production, outside of the context of language. o Speech patterning modules help clients refine articulation and prosody with analytical displays. CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES The customer is responsible for program setup and operation, implementation of backup procedures and applicaple problem determination procedures. WARRANTY SERVICE SpeechViewer is designed to meet IBM's high standards for quality and reliability. Each SpeechViewer is backed by a three-month limited warranty and a one-year limited warranty on IBM hardware. There is a limited warranty on the microphone and speaker provided by Audio-Technica U.S. Inc. IBM Personal System/2 SpeechViewer 39 SUPPORTED SYSTEMS o IBM Personal System/2 Model 25, 30, 30-286 o For optimum performance, a fixed disk and color display are recommended o IBM DOS 4.0 with a minimum storage of 512 KB OPERATING ENVIRONMENT The SpeechViewer Convenience Kit (harware and software options may be obtained separately) contains the following items: HARDWARE OPTION o SpeechViewer adapter and diagnostics o audio-technica(R) microphone and cable o audio-technica(R) speaker and cable o SpeechViewer hardware installation instructions APPLICATION SOFTWARE OPTION o SpeechViewer Application Software User's Guide o SpeechViewer Application Software Quick Reference o Two 3.5" diskettes containing Application Software ORDERING INFORMATION To order an IBM Personal System/2 SpeechViewer Convenience Kit, part number 6450610, call IBM at: o (800) 426-2468 (Continental USA) and ask for System Products o (800) 465-1234 (Canada) SUPPORT The IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities provides technical support for SpeechViewer. 40 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments SUPPORT GROUPS ______________ Support groups, including agencies and professional associations, use numerous approaches to disseminate information and direct activities toward a diverse audience. Examples of activities and services provided by these groups include information clearinghouse; database; legislative monitoring; newletters and publications; peer counseling; sponsorship of conferences, workshops and seminars. To reference the NATIONAL support groups listed by the Center, see our guide, "Technology for Persons with Disabilities - an Introduction." LOCAL AND REGIONAL support organizations are listed in the Center's "Support Organizations," also available from the Center. Support Groups 41 42 Technology for Persons with Speech or Language Impairments INDEX _____ +---+ Intex Talker II 25 | P | IntroTalker (IT-1) 25 +---+ Lifestyle Personal Communicator 26 Products Light Talker 26 ACS Medicom Computer Living Better 27 System 21 Memory I and II 17 Alltalk 22 Memory Match 17 Alpine Tram Ride 13 Michigan Memory Series Ani-Vox Computer Speech Software 7, 17 Systems 5 Micro Speech Lab 8 Animal Hotel 13 Multi-Scan 27 Aphasia Series: I through Nasometer 8 VIII 14 Parrot Easy Language Sample Augmentative Communication Analysis (PELSA) 9 Evaluation System PEPPER 9 (ACES) 22 Personal Speech System Cafet 5 (PSS) 27 Canon Communicator M 22 Portable Anticipatory CAPTAIN'S LOG: Cognitive Communication Aid Training Program 14 (PACA) 28 Cave Girl Clair 14 QED Scribe Communication CINTEX 23 Aid 28 Clowning Around 15 Race the Clock 18 Cognitive Disorders Series: RDS Speech and Learning I - IV 15 Center System 28 Cognitive Rehabilitation RealVoice 29 Series 15 SALT (Systematic Analysis of COGREHAB 16 Language Transcripts) 10 Communication Aids 23 Say-It-All II Plus 29 Communication Products for ScanPAC with RealVoice 29 Hearing Impaired Soft Tools (1983-88 Persons 23 versions) 18 Computer Assisted Relay Software System (CARS) 23 Directory/Communication Computer Progs. for Sciences and Disorder 10 Neuropsychological Testing Software for Speech, & Rehab. 16 Language, Hearing Diagnostic Report Writer 6 Professionals 11 E Z Com 24 Speakwriter 2000 30 EvalPAC 24 Talk-O 30 EyeTyper Model 300 24 Task Master 18 Foundations 16 Telecommunication Devices Grammar Gremlins 6 for the Deaf 30 Help U Type and Speak 25 The Personal Companion 30 IBM PC Parts of Speech Touch 'N Talk Micros 31 Series: Levels II and Touch Talker 31 III 6 Trine System 31 IBM Personal System/2 Unicorn Expanded SpeechViewer 7, 39 Keyboard 32 IBM PhoneCommunicator 7, 35 Visi-Pitch 11 Index 43 VISPA 19 IBM Educational Systems 6 Vois 160 32 Imaginart Communication Wireless Data Transmission Products 31 System 32 Innocomp 29, 30 Words+ Equalizer 33 Intex Micro Systems Words+ Talking Board 33 Corporation 25 Words+ Talking Screen 33 Kay Elemetrics Zygo ScanWRITER 34 Corporation 8, 11 Language Analysis Lab, Waisman Center 10 +---+ Life Science Associates 16, | V | 18 +---+ Med-Com Network Inc. 27 Merit Software 13, 15 Vendors Mindplay 18 ACS Telecom 21 NanoPac 23 Adaptive Communication Parrot Software 6, 9, 14, Systems 22, 24, 27, 29, 15 31, 33 Phone-TTY Inc. 23 American Phonic Ear Inc. 32 Speech-Language-Hearing Prentke Romich Company 25, Foundation 10, 11 26, 31, 32 Animated Voice Psychological Software Corporation 5 Services Inc. 16, 17 AT & T National Special Rhiannon Software 14 Needs Center 23 Royal Data Systems 28 BrainTrain Inc. 14 Sentient Systems Technology Cafet 5 Inc. 24 Canon U.S.A. Inc. 22 Strathmore Instruments 9 Cascade Medical 26 Transceptor Technologies Cognitive Rehabilitation 18 Inc. 30 Crestwood Company 23 Ultratec Inc. 30 Davidson & Associates Unicorn Engineering Inc. 32 Inc. 6 University of Michigan - DEKRO Inc. 19 Intellectual Properties Dr. Robert Sbordone, Dept. 7, 17 Ph.D. 16 Votrax Inc. - Consumer Hartley Courseware Inc. 15, Products 27 17 World Communications 25 HumanWare Inc. 30 ZYGO Industries 28, 34 IBM Corporation 7, 35, 39 44 Index +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMBED TRACE | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ Page 0 (READPC SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (SCRIPTX SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (FONTS SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (OMNISYM SCRIPT) Page 0 (SPEECH FNT D0) Page 1 (KICKOFF SCR D0) Page 1 (IMPNOTIC SCT D0) Page 3 (NSCPDINT SCT D0) Page 1 (DISABHOW COV D0) Page 3 (SPEECH EAP D0) Page 5 (SPCHLANG COV D0) Page 5 (SPCHLANG SCT D0) Page 13 (COGNITIV COV D0) Page 13 (COGNITIV SCT D0) Page 21 (COMMAID COV D0) Page 21 (COMMAID SCT D0) Page 35 (AUG BRO D0) Page 39 (VIEWER BRO D0) Page 41 (DISABSUP CV1 D0)

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