As the world becomes increasingly skilled in and aware of IT, people with disabilities, and perhaps even more consistently others on their behalf, expect to use IT applications.
The companies who develop and market communication aids are responding to these wishes and the concurrent rapid changes in IT. Thus the market around high-tech voice output communication aids (VOCAs) is increasingly populated by full PC based devices which are characterised by the potential to open many doors to electronic communication and media.
Many users of AAC are unlikely to use all the “whistles and bells” but the functionality they do require is increasingly being squeezed in to these top end and expensive devices.
Using case studies we will illustrate some of the issues around the provision and use of PC-based VOCAs.