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Our First Ever Young Adult AAC Event

Our First Ever Young Adult AAC Event

06 November 2017

The Specialised Assistive Technology Centre (ATC), SPD held their first ever Young Adult AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) Event on the 27th of October, 2017. Get the scoop here...

The Story of How an SPD Volunteer Enriched a Client's Life

The Story of How an SPD Volunteer Enriched a Client's Life

22 July 2016

At SPD, we recognise the efforts of our volunteers in making our clients' lives that much more enriching. Here's the story of how one such volunteer changed the life of a client irrevocably for the better.

Welcome to the Inclusive Tech Portal

Welcome to the Inclusive Tech Portal

27 May 2016

This online resource provides practical information on how technology can overcome limitations of disabilities so that individuals are empowered to function at their full potential.

Meet the Specialised ATC Team

Meet the Specialised ATC Team

27 May 2016

The Inclusive Technology Portal is managed by a team of specialists who are trained and specialise in various areas of Assistive Technology (AT) and Digital Inclusion.

SEN Apps Blog: A Wonderful Resource for AEDs and SPED Teachers

SEN Apps Blog: A Wonderful Resource for AEDs and SPED Teachers

04 November 2017

Click here for to find out more about our micro-blog of iPad Apps and non-Apps solutions for your AT inclusive classroom.

A Tribute to all AAC Users and the efforts of their tireless Caregivers

A Tribute to all AAC Users and the efforts of their tireless Caregivers

01 November 2017

In honour of International AAC Awareness Month, here's a video montage of our amazing AAC users in action!

Special Feature on Sayfullah, the 'Trapped Chatterbox'

Special Feature on Sayfullah, the 'Trapped Chatterbox'

17 October 2017

She had always known her child had so much more to say... Read more

Only for AAC Awareness Month...

Only for AAC Awareness Month...

02 October 2017

Exclusive AAC App offer for 4, 5 and 6 Oct 2017!!

Hospital Communication Books

Hospital Communication Books

02 October 2017

Being able to communicate while in the hospital is very important as this affects diagnosis, intervention and care. Continue reading here...

Some Useful Resources

Some Useful Resources

11 May 2017

Check out these useful resources for more information on AT devices and service providers.

AAC by The Bay (remote hosting): Insights from Day 2

AAC by The Bay (remote hosting): Insights from Day 2

04 May 2017

Day 2 of AAC By The Bay was a great success. Click here to find out more. 

A Review of 2 Popular Handheld Video Magnifiers

A Review of 2 Popular Handheld Video Magnifiers

28 April 2017

This write up is to introduce two popular Low Vision devices that are available at TechAble. Handheld video magnifiers are handy, portable and bring benefits to people with visually impairment. Readers are invited to visit TechAble to explore and try them out.

Pushrim-Activated Power-Assist Wheelchairs (PAPAWs)

Pushrim-Activated Power-Assist Wheelchairs (PAPAWs)

28 April 2017

PAPAWs require users to stroke the handrims to activate small, lighter weight motors, which then drive the wheels for brief periods of time (seconds).

Find out more about Clair Toh's (24-year-old para-athlete) experience with the SmartDrive and the Alber E-motion PAPAWs here.

AAC By The Bay (remote hosting) : Insights from Day 1

AAC By The Bay (remote hosting) : Insights from Day 1

27 April 2017

The AAC By The Bay (remote hosting) event is jointly organised by TechAble (Enabling Village) and Speech and Language Therapy Singapore (SALTS). So far, over 20 therapists, teachers and other professionals have registered their participation over the three-day event.
One of the highlights from today was a Panel Discussion which featured TechAble AT Specialists, AAC Educational Specialist and one of our very own clients, Yong Seng Koon.

Upcoming Event: AAC By The Bay (Remote Hosting in Sunny Singapore!)

Upcoming Event: AAC By The Bay (Remote Hosting in Sunny Singapore!)

20 April 2017

Our team at TechAble, together with SALTS (Speech and Language Therapists Singapore) will be hosting this event. It will feature overseas (via video streaming) and local AAC experts and practitioners.

The speakers, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise will address different topics and how AAC empowers individuals to express themselves. Local experts and clients will also share their perspectives in our live discussion panel. It will be an exciting three days of learning and discovery!

For more information, please access the following link -

https://salts.org.sg/event/2017-aac-bay-conference-remote-host/2017-04-27/ 

A Voice of His Own

A Voice of His Own

05 April 2017

See Sayfullah on his journey towards finding a voice of his own. 

Aided Language Stimulation -- A Demonstration of Family Support for their Sibling with Complex Communication Needs

Aided Language Stimulation -- A Demonstration of Family Support for their Sibling with Complex Communication Needs

04 November 2016

 See how a supportive family can help their sibling with Complex Communication Needs attain AAC success through Aided Language Stimulation here.

Up to 50% off AssistiveWare Apps to celebrate AAC Awareness Month!

Up to 50% off AssistiveWare Apps to celebrate AAC Awareness Month!

06 October 2016

iPad App discounts for the month of October 2016!

AT Team

AT Team

27 May 2016

AT teams are usually very different and individualised. Most of the times, teams are formed with members from different disciplines for a wider information base and different viewpoints.

Framework

Framework

27 May 2016

Before beginning an Assistive Technology (AT) intervention, it is important to have a framework of practice. The framework provides a structure which guides the AT implementation process, one of which is the SETT Framework.

Definitions

Definitions

27 May 2016

Important definitions you should familiarise yourself with.

Funding

Funding

27 May 2016

The main funding Agency for Assistive Technology is SG Enable. The relevant schemes include Assistive Technology Fund (ATF), Special Assistance Fund (SAF), Computer Access Fund (CAF) and Traffic Accident Fund (TAF).

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

26 May 2016

Assistive Technology (AT) enables individuals to overcome the limitations of their disabilities so that they can function effectively in work, school and play.

Technology for Persons with Communication Needs

Technology for Persons with Communication Needs

26 May 2016

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) empowers individuals with complex communication needs with the means to break that silence, and to find their voice.

Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments

Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments

26 May 2016

How do you surf the internet if you are unable to see what's on the computer monitor? How do you order at a restaurant if you are unable to read the menu? Here's how.

Technology for Computer Access

Technology for Computer Access

26 May 2016

Computer Access Assistive Technology provide access so that people with disabilities can have access to computers and the connectivity they provide.

Digital Accessibility

Digital Accessibility

26 May 2016

Much of the information around us is in digital format. It is therefore important that digital content be accessible to as many people as possible.

AAC - Using Mainstream Technology

AAC - Using Mainstream Technology

15 June 2015

It is now becoming increasingly possible for individuals to use their mainstream devices as an assistive technology device.

Accessibility Functions in Mainstream Devices

Accessibility Functions in Mainstream Devices

15 June 2015

Products can come with various accessibility features that can adjust to the individual’s visual, mobility, hearing, language, and learning needs.

Partner Assisted Scanning - Back to Basics

Partner Assisted Scanning - Back to Basics

06 May 2015

Partner Assisted Scanning is a technique that can be used with a child or adult who is not able to use direct selection as a method.

Never Too Early to Start - AT for Young Children

Never Too Early to Start - AT for Young Children

16 April 2015

When should you start using AT? Can AT benefit very young children? What type of AT should be used?

'Hero Creator' - Apps for Facilitating Communication

'Hero Creator' - Apps for Facilitating Communication

09 March 2015

The Hero Creator enables an individual to create Super Heros which are realistic and adult-like. 

Mobile Apps as Tools for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Mobile Apps as Tools for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

31 October 2014

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices empower individuals with complex communication needs with the means to break that silence and to find their voice.

Creating an Inclusive Workforce

Creating an Inclusive Workforce

31 October 2014

The mindset of an employer is pivotal to the establishment of an inclusive workforce. Job accommodation will also provide the foundation for one that is robust and sustainable in the long term.

Making Virgin Mojitos - Facilitating Communication In a Fun Way

Making Virgin Mojitos - Facilitating Communication In a Fun Way

28 May 2014

Dan is a twelve-year-old boy with Global Developmental Delay and autistic traits. He uses ‘Proloquo2Go’ (an iPad Communication App) downloaded on his iPad to communicate.

Cooking - A Great Way to Encourage Participation, Communication and Language

Cooking - A Great Way to Encourage Participation, Communication and Language

24 April 2014

Cooking is a great activity to teach vocabulary, practice communication and increase participation and independence. Cooking is also a functional activity and enjoyable for all ages.

Children with Special Needs - Learning the Alphabet

Children with Special Needs - Learning the Alphabet

27 February 2014

Generally, commercially available software cannot be customised to show only letters from a person’s name. So what do you do when one of the learning goals for a child on the computer is to learn his/her own name?

Children with Special Needs - Moving the Mouse

Children with Special Needs - Moving the Mouse

20 February 2014

For most people, it is easy to relate that moving the computer mouse moves the cursor on the screen. But this is not so for many of the children in a special school that we are working with.

Children with Special Needs - Mouse Training

Children with Special Needs - Mouse Training

12 September 2013

So, you have assessed a child with special needs for mouse access, and have figured out what can help them. Now what do you do?

Flip Writer App - A Review

Flip Writer App - A Review

04 September 2013

The user can type their messages in the Flip Writer, and the recipient of the message can read it from the other side of the iPad. This allows for face-to-face communication.

Big Mouse Pointer - A Review

Big Mouse Pointer - A Review

03 September 2013

One of the things that we can’t do without when it comes to using the computer is the mouse and its cursor.

Apps for Communication

Apps for Communication

06 August 2013

When they were first introduced, there was hope that Apps would replace dedicated AAC devices, which would then reduce costs and enable more people to have access to augmentative communication.

AAC Resources - A Review

AAC Resources - A Review

31 July 2013

In this technologically-advanced age, help to implement AAC is often just a mouse click away!

Finding Himself Through Technology

Finding Himself Through Technology

25 July 2013

When Daniel was first referred to the Specialised Assistive Technology Centre (ATC), he was in a stroller. To communicate, he could round his lips for ‘no’ and move his lower jaw for ‘yes’.

Windows Accessibility

Windows Accessibility

02 May 2013

Did you know that there are many accessibility features in your computer's operating system that allow persons with disabilities to use the computer more efficiently?

Assistive Technology Enables Independence After Spinal Cord Injury

Assistive Technology Enables Independence After Spinal Cord Injury

01 May 2013

Eve was refered for an AT assessment to see whether she would be able to access the computer as she wanted to be able to communicate with her friends on Facebook.

Hack-A-Toy -- All in the name of inclusive fun!

Hack-A-Toy -- All in the name of inclusive fun!

25 November 2016

Technology and engineering can help to overcome barriers and challenges that people with disabilities face, enabling them to live more independently and thrive in the community. Hence, we are very pleased that DSO National Laboratories, Singapore’s national defence research and development organisation, chose to partner SPD for its community project Hack-a-Toy this year.

 

 

‘I’ve got a lot to say!’ -- An AAC party to remember!

‘I’ve got a lot to say!’ -- An AAC party to remember!

28 October 2016

Here's an insight into the first ever AAC Party hosted in Tech Able @The Enabing Village for our young clients with Complex Communication Needs.

Assistive Technology - Opening Up Opportunities in the Workplace

Assistive Technology - Opening Up Opportunities in the Workplace

05 April 2017

Despite having a business degree Gerald never dreamt that he could be gainfully employed or be in a job that required sustained use of the computer.