I finally had the chance to sit down and really dive into the GoTalk NOW App. Here’s what I found! Overall Ease of Use: I highly recommend having the user guide open and readily available as you initially explore this app. The user guide features a quick-start section that will introduce you to the app’s core…

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There are so many excellent amplified phones for landlines made these days, but I want to mention one of these phones that I especially like.  The Panasonic KX-TGM450S cordless phone has great amplification (50 dB) but I found these other attributes that really make this phone special.   Loud 112 dB ringer Talking caller ID…

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As of today, texting a 911 operator is now a possibility, statewide in North Dakota. This is a major service improvement for people with hearing or speech disabilities, enabling them to text for help in an emergency. Contacting dispatch operators by texting may also aid those in situations, such as domestic violence, where calling 911…

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Finally, FINALLY someone has developed a truly hands-free smartphone that I can use. I’ve been waiting for this technology for 15 years. ~ Rick Frame from the United States This quote stuck as I was researching the Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone. It was a quote that resonated patience, possibly frustration, and ultimately victory! The Sesame Phone…

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  Communication and being understood is extremely important for an individual’s overall well being. We all have feelings, needs, and information we want to express and share with the people around us. When an individual feels misunderstood or ignored because they have difficulty communicating effectively, feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or even depression follow. Recently,…

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There are many children and adults in the world with complex communication needs (CCN) who would benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Nonetheless, unfounded misconceptions that have existed for decades sometimes prevent people from even investigating the possibility of how AAC might help them or someone they know. Much has been written over the years discussing…

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In honor of May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, I thought we should go back to the basics and bring attention to all of the great, simple augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices that are available.  Big and small; objects or pictures; scanning or direct select; one message or 32+! These types of devices…

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Visual scene layouts can be great tools for some children and adults with communication difficulties such as autism, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual disabilities.  A photo of one’s own kitchen, for example, with photos of food the person eats and the very oven that bakes the cookies the person adores, can be more meaningful and…

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