ALTERNATIVE AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION

Use your gaze to show who you are


Communication is a non-negotiable right; we should all have the freedom to express who we are, interact with each other, and understand each other. With Alternative and Augmentative Communication and eye-tracking technology, it is possible.

Physical limitations and speech dysfunctions can be an obstacle in communication for people with different conditions such as cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome, or ALS. But with just their gaze, we can give a voice to these people, because now more than ever, talking and interacting through the use of one’s gaze is possible.

Thanks to the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems and IRISBOND’s eye-tracking technology, people with conditions that limit their speaking capabilities can finally communicate. And people with mobility restrictions are able to interact with devices as well as their environment.

In IRISBOND we understand that communicating is a lifelong necessity. But don’t worry, we’ll travel this road together. Our support and services are forever in your debt.

To start, we will explain what the Learning Curve will be. Then, you can choose the right solution for you.

What is the Learning  Curve in Augmentative and Alternative Communication?

The ‘Learning Curve’ enables you to go at a natural pace when learning how to utilize augmentative & alternative communication (AAC), no matter the type of access, whether it be through touch, push-buttons, or one’s gaze (eye-tracking). Due to it being developed alongside world-renowned professionals in education and assistive technology, it permits professionals and users to advance in a guided yet intuitive way, from a natural interaction with their computer, passing through precise access, and finishing with inclusive labor.

Visual stimulation

Cause / Effect

Communication

Computer access

Complete inclusion

Here is the explanation of what happens in each phase

Visual stimulation

In this stage the user does not consciously interact with the device, they only look at the screen in order to stimulate ocular movement. We utilize applications such as Inclusive Technology EyeGaze Learning Curve. This is an indispensable tool since we need to objectively analyze their cognitive and motor capabilities, depending on the initial competence of the user. Here at IRISBOND, we suggest the most appropriate solution based on the age and capability of the user. Specific games for this stage are: Smartbox Look to Learn and Scenes and Sounds and Inclusive Technology HKL.

Cause and effect

In this stage there is a conscious interaction with the device, the user discovers that their ocular and tactile movements correspond with the movements displayed on the screen. In this way, we understand the true power of autonomous decisions and control that the SAAC contributes towards.

The best software for this learning phase are the advanced stages of: Samrtbox Look to Learn and Scenes and Sounds, and Inclusive Technology EyeGaze Learning Curve and HKL, and the games in Grid3.

Communication

Through the assessment of their skills/competence/, motor abilities, dexterity, cognitive level, etc. we choose the settings of the communicator, with the most adequate number of pictogram rows and columns. We recommend starting with a simple communicator then gradually increasing the number of pictograms that are suitable to your needs until your communicator becomes robust, if need be. Following the ISAAC ( International Society of Alternative Augmentative Communication), it is best to offer a communicator based on neutral and peripheral vocabulary with the least skipping of pages possible. In this phase we recommend the following software: Grid3, TouchChat y Predictable.

Access to the computer

Here we are contemplating an advanced level of autonomy. The user can now write with the communicator and there is high precision when choosing. They can do what they want with the computer, explore the internet, interact on social media or use whatever software because their eye gaze is working coherently with the eye tracker. For this stage of the Learning Curve and using software like EasyClickGrid3, or Windows Control, you will be able to manage with your gaze the programs in the Windows Office Suite such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etcetera.

Complete Inclusion

In this final stage, it’s possible to accomplish any activity with their eyes, hands, or push-button. From assisting university lectures to the target set by each user, your SAAC will always accompany you in the hardest of times. It is important to pick programs that permit the user to achieve anything, without limits.

Finally, in this phase of the Learning Curve, you will be able to manage with your gaze your email, applications like Netflix or Spotify, your social networks, etcetera. You only need software such as  EasyClickGrid3, or Windows Control. You will also use programs without limits, from Microsoft Office to Photoshop or Illustrator (among others) just with your eyes. You will be able to control your environment (switch on and off the lights, or TV, etcetera).

Comprehensive solution

Learn

Aimed at children learning to discover the potential of their gaze through fun, interactive activities.

Comprehensive solution

Comunitate

Communicate autonomously.
Access and control the screen comfortably and accurately. And freely express yourself.

In my eyes there is freedom, look how I have the same feelings as you, and respect my form of expression.

Yael Nahir, Irisbond user.
@yael_actriz_guionista

IRISBOND is a simple, intuitive, and customizable solution. Because we are not all the same.

Each user is distinct, but with a common goal: to communicate through the gaze. With the AAC systems and eye-tracking, we can give each and every one of our users the ability to communicate freely because we can adapt the communication solutions to their different needs.

The road may be long but we’ll travel it together. With enthusiasm and consistency, you’ll be able to communicate independently and tell the world everything you’re thinking.

We have a variety of alternative communication devices and solutions. Click Here for more information.