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A common question people ask is, “Why would I buy a communication device?” Here are the main reasons:
|LAMP Words for Life on iPad App||LAMP Vocabulary on PRC Communication Devices|
|Alternative access methods (i.e. scanning, auditory prompts, head pointing, eye-gaze)||No||Yes|
|Computer keyboard and mouse emulation||No||Yes|
|Direct interface with other programs for word processing and academics||No||Yes|
|Durable||No. Commercially available protective casing required for most users||Yes|
|Warranty for accidental damage||Available for additional fee through Apple and third party insurers||Yes (Included with purchase of device)|
|Ability to limit access to games and videos||Coming with iOS 6 but a setting that can be turned off||Yes|
|Infrared environmental controls||No-There are apps that communicate with a local IR unit through WiFi but the iPad must be near the IR unit limiting universal access.||Yes|
A student who is able to isolate a finger and accurately touch .5”×.5” keys may be a candidate for the LAMP app. If the child has motor impairments that prevent them from accessing a screen directly or needs to use switches or eye gaze to make selections, they may better benefit from a Liberator communication device.
Consumer tablet computers have a wide variety of functions and features. Some children may easily switch between email, web browsing and word processing applications and their communication software. Other children may prefer to engage in game play and watch videos on their tablet and react negatively to their communication software if they are being asked to discontinue fun activities. It may be helpful to disable video and game features.
Yes, but not directly. Currently, Apple apps do not have the ability to interface and function together. You have the ability to copy the text in the text box then paste that into another application. This limits the device user to copying just a couple lines of text at a time. If the AAC user needs the ability to create text using their AAC software while working within other programs, then a PRC/Liberator communication device is a better option.
Yes, but you can only make a voice call. You must first use your Skype app to make the call and then switch to your AAC app. Then you can generate messages that your call partner will hear. You will also hear them from your iPad speakers. You cannot use Skype’s IM using your Words For Life app as the input, nor can you use video.