June 1, 2014

technology appsIndia, Azaz app – This is India’s first augmented and alternative communication software and it is currently helping children with autism spectrum disorders.

Children at a specialist school in New Delhi were very interested to try out this new app.

Many of the children in Jagdamba Gosain’s class have autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and speech disabilities.

Jagdamba Gosain said:

“It helps children who have a problem with speech but who can hear well. They are improving. And if children can have an iPad to themselves, all day, instead of having to share, it will go a very long way,”

Avaz uses picture symbols and voice synthesis to help users develop their language skills.

The speech therapy app was developed by Ajit Narayanan and his team at Invention Labs and was was developed in collaboration with 25 schools and 500 children.

He says tablets are revolutionizing the way children with special needs communicate.

“This product helps children to communicate, using pictures and gestures. When they tap the different pictures, they are sequenced together and the sequence is converted into a sentence, which is then read out,”

Three graded research-based vocabulary sets are currently offered and has over 5,000 core and secondary words prearranged into categories.

Vaidehi Subramani, the executive director of Akshay Prathishtan, a special needs school said:

“Autistic children and those suffering from hearing disabilities suffer a lot in expressing themselves, although their parents, relatives, and special teachers can understand their expression through body language, eye or hand signs,”

The app is currently available in English and 6 Indian languages but more language versions are in the pipeline.

The original article on the DW.de website can be read here


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