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Will iPads and Androids Take Over the AAC World?

Session 
5.1
Practice Report
  • Gary Derwent (Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability)
Summary

iPads, and to a lesser extent Android devices, are increasingly dominating AAC provision. At present there are still very good reasons to use many other types of AAC device. There are functions which iPads and Androids cannot do and functions they cannot do as well as other devices. This presentation will examine the current reasons why iPads are not always the best solution and discuss whether these barriers will be removed in future.

Method/Activities/Techniques

This is a personal opinion of how the market for AAC will develop in future. Audience participation and debate will be invited and encouraged.

Results/Findings

Current barriers to further usage of iPads and Android devices include, but are not limited to, access methods, particularly limited switch scanning and no viable eye-gaze access, availability of larger more complex vocabularies, screen size, voice output volume and ease of combining with other assistive technology functions.

Conclusions

Most of the barriers to further iPad and Android usage are not insurmountable. Many of the barriers are due to the maturity of the market. Technology developments are likely to remove other barriers. Overall it is likely that iPads and Android devices will increase in market dominance. Whether this is entirely a good thing is another matter.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
9