This session will show how communication aid users in two South Yorkshire schools have used Skype to speak to communication aid users in other parts of the country. Skype is a free computer program which enables phone-calls and video conferencing over the Internet.
The session will include a live demonstration of a Skype link-up with one of the schools involved, with a brief overview of how to set up the software and hardware itself. Communication aid users who have been involved have enjoyed the experience and a number of possible applications have been identified which will be described.
The ultimate aim is to use Skype, or similar Internet-based video conferencing tools, to provide a network for communication aid users to communicate with other users and non-users, and to provide a real communication environment in which they can practice their communication skills.