ISAAC (the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) held its biannual conference in Toronto last month. More than 1,200 visitors from over 40 countries made for a magnificent melting pot of AAC expertise and experience! We were there to showcase our AAC app, Clicker Communicator. Many delegates were new to Clicker Communicator, and we were delighted to receive so much praise for our first dedicated AAC offering.
I wanted to share three of the features that our booth visitors liked best:
1. Uniquely Accessible
Clicker Communicator incorporates a revolutionary new accessibility feature called SuperKeys – designed to speed up access to the communication grids by grouping cells into clusters. It can be enabled at any time, and also used in conjunction with iOS Switch Control if required:
In addition to working with the cells in communication grids, SuperKeys also offers support with keyboard access, giving rapid access to clustered letters which work in tandem with a symbol supported word predictor. Delegates working with higher functioning users identified huge time saving benefits when typing:
2. Superfast Editing
Although new to Clicker Communicator, many of our visitors were seasoned users of the Clicker Apps family, and they were delighted to find a very familiar user interface in Clicker Communicator. From a facilitator perspective, the speed and ease of creation and editing is a critical consideration – whether editing grids on the fly to enable real time communication, or when preparing resources for curriculum support, time is always of the essence. With Clicker Communicator, you can:
Edit individual cells, including personalization of symbols, pictures, and photographs:
Bulk populate a grid with a multiple selection of symbols in seconds:
Select multiple cells as a group and apply instant formatting to all (background, text and border color, hide, pin, etc.):
3. Free Content
Alongside the functionality and support that Clicker Communicator provides as a creation tool, users have direct access to free content for the app through our LearningGrids resource bank. The selected resource opens instantly for immediate use, and our visitors praised this feature not only for its huge time saving benefit, but also for opening up a vast range of ideas and applications of the app.
Clicker Communicator is now available with three different symbol sets – SymbolStix, PCS (BoardMaker), and Widget, and it can be purchased through the App Store or via the Volume Purchase Program.