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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Free iPads - The Voice Options Program, California


FREE iPads / iPads Gratis

Additional info from a phone call with SCRS 10/5/21, in blue.

Post Date: October 04, 2021 (from East LA Regional Center Notifications)

The Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL), through a program with the California Department of Rehabilitation, is offering eligible Californians a free Apple iPad to remove communication barriers and increase overall independence. Flyer HERE

The Voice Options Program offers Californians who are unable to speak or have difficulties speaking with a free speech-generating device (iPad). Through this program, any eligible Californian with a disability has the opportunity to test different applications and independently choose the one you believe is best for your needs. Once you choose your preferred speech-generating app, you will receive a brand-new iPad with the app of your choice, along with any assistive technology you may need to comfortably utilize your new iPad.

The five apps currently available to choose from are: GoTalk NOW Plus, LAMP Words for Life, Predictable, Proloquo4Text, or TouchChat HD with WordPower. (and NOT Proloquo2Go)

Eligibility requirement: Must reside in California and have speech difficulty or unable to speak and can benefit from this program.


Additional info from Tiera Walton at the Downey SCRS office:

Parent applies on behalf of their child. 

5 diff apps, parent chooses from the 5 (with input from others, if child has current AAC support).

  1. Authorization referral form completed by one of the following with a statement saying the individual can benefit: Download the form HERE

  1. Parent gets a trial device to get familiar with the iPad and app. 

  2. OR if an SLP is guiding you, and the student is already using one of these apps, you can bypass the loan process and start the long term loan. Parent is provided with the device, app, and warranty.


SLPs can send referral to SCRS directly and the SCRS advocate will reach out to the family.

Pasadena Office
(626) 587-5010
Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Maria Aroch (English & Spanish) 
Tiffany Ngo (English & Vietnamese)
Downey Office
(562) 862-6531
Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Tiera Walton (English)
Ignacio Gonzalez (English & Spanish)
Priscilla Hernandez (English)
Ana Ramirez (English & Spanish)
Liam Matthews (English)
Arcadia Office - voicemail not accepting messages, didn’t ring
Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Heidi Morales (English & Spanish)
San Bernardino Office
Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Heather Zappia (English)

Saturday, October 2, 2021

App Discounts for October


From TASKS Tech Tidbits Newsletter! If you haven't signed up, do so HERE.

AAC APP DISCOUNTS for AAC Awareness Month

Many AAC App vendors provide deep discounts in the month of October. Here are some that we know of. Be sure to check the TASK Facebook page for other updates, or check here for a wonderful graphic put together by the amazing Lauren Enders. 

 Sep. 28-Nov. 1:

·    Talk Suite Pro 50% off (reg $199.99*)

 Oct. 1-7:

·    Speak for Yourself! 50% off (reg. $299.99*)  

 Oct. 1-7:

·    LAMP Words for Life 50% off (reg. $299.99) 

·    TouchChat HD with WordPower 50% off (reg. $299.99) 

·    Dialogue AAC 50% off (reg. $99.99)

 Oct. 1-8

·    Alexicom Tech Elements AAC Apps 50% off

 Oct. 1-8 

·    Predictable 50% off (reg. $159.99)

·    Chatable 50% off 

·    VocaTempo 50% off 

·    Scene & Heard 50% off 

 Oct. 1-15 

·    Avaz AAC 50% off 

·    Avaz AAC Lifetime Edition 50% off (reg. $199.99) 

·    MDA Avaz Reader for Dyslexia 50% off 

·    Free Speech 50% off

 Oct. 1-15 

·    WordToob: Language Learning Video Modeling App $6.99 (reg. $13.99)  

 Oct. 4-8

·    CoughDrop 50% off lifetime account (reg. $200.00)

 Oct. 5-9 

·    Choiceworks $6.99 (reg. $14.99) 

·    Choiceworks Calender $4.99 (reg. $9.99)

·    Choiceworks Bundle $9.99 (reg. $20.99) 

 Oct. 5-9: All AssistiveWare apps on sale 50% off

·    iOS

·    Proloquo2Go

·    Proloquo4Text 

·    Keeble

·    Pictello

·    Gateway

·    Mac

·    Proloquo2Go

·    Proloquo4Text 

·    On-demand AAC Training Videos

 Oct. 10: to celebrate GoTalk Now's 10th anniversary

·    GoTalk Now $10.00 (Reg. $99.99) 



 Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents Magazine 

Choose from five different pumpkin styles, then either “carve” a design of your own, or pick from our library of wacky eyes, noses, and mouths. Add a message, and you’re ready to share your creation with all your friends! This easy-to-navigate, take-anywhere tool is perfect for families on the go. 

Color by Numbers – Halloween (FREE) 

An interactive coloring book for children. This mathematical game teaches children to recognize numbers and solve simple mathematical examples. In addition, this program develops memory, attention, imagination, and logical abilities.

First Words Halloween ($1.99) 

The popular educational app for toddlers is now available with a Halloween theme! First Words Halloween has 54 playfully illustrated words, each matched with not-too-spooky sound effects. First Words apps are toddler-tested and approved, designed for the littlest of fingers. More than just a game, First Words is a sophisticated learning tool that engages your child, encourages exploration and helps them understand the relationships between letters and words.

Online Halloween Games

·    PBS Kids – Arthur’s Tricks and Treats

·    Primary Games – Halloween 

·    Safe Kid Games – Halloween

Friday, October 1, 2021

Fall 2021 Meeting - Tuesday, Oct 5, 6pm

October is International AAC Awareness Month! And its a perfect time to connect and talk about it!!

Fall Meeting Topic: AAC in a Recovering World 
Where: on Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 710 521 7474
Passcode: 4492919

When: Tuesday, October 5, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
(FREE, of course!)



We'll start with a meet and greet, and then dive into personal perspectives on AAC service delivery during a pandemic. Bring a resource, a website, a tool, a data collection form, a strategy, an article, a colleague, a tip, a silver lining...or anything else that has helped you make communication happen these past 19 months! We will share and learn about real life AAC implementation and support amongst this great group of likeminded individuals. From gurus to newbies - all AAC-interested folks are welcome to attend! 

* This meeting will be recorded and posted so that those unable to join live can view later. 

Please forward this email and invite a special educator, paraprofessional, SLP, SLPA, OT, OTA, PT, behaviorist, DIR clinician, AT specialist, parent, administrator, AAC user, etc. 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

(FREE) Training: Snap + Core First & Implementation (Loyal Truong)

Former SCAAC-Networker, Loyal Truong will be flying out from Chicago to offer this excellent day of training. Free ASHA CEUs. Don't miss it!

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00-3:00

Casa Colina Hospital, Pomona

Communicating with Core Vocabulary in Snap + Core First 
9:00-11:45 am

In this session, we will review a core word strategy approach supporting both communication and literacy development for individuals with complex communication needs.  Based on best practices, participants will review research and strategies to support core vocabulary for communication as well as core word lesson plans to support literacy development.  We will review the Snap + Core First communication software and demonstrate how to target core vocabulary in communication activities across learning environments. (register at this site)

Learning Objectives:  Upon completion, participants will be able to: (1) Review three language characteristics of a core word strategy. (2) Describe three targeted activities that support communication with core vocabulary across learning environments. (3) Describe two types of implementation strategies that support literacy development through core word vocabulary.

Participants are expected to be present for the entire program.  Individuals who are not present for the full program will not be recommended for ASHA CEUs.  No partial credit will be provided.

 Course Content Level: Introductory
ASHA CEUs: 0.25

Implementing AAC for Emergent Communicators
1:00 – 3:00pm

This implementation-based workshop will focus on the emergent communicator and how we can best provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) supports and strategies that help everyone realize their communication potential.  Participants will review the stages of pre-intentional and intentional communication as well as low and high tech AAC communication supports with the goal of moving our emergent communicators toward symbolic communication. (register at this site)

Learning Objectives:  Upon completion, participants will be able to: (1) List three characteristics of an emergent communicator. (2) Identify two tools for assessing emergent communication skill. (3) Identify two high-tech AAC solutions that can be implemented with the emergent communicator population.

ASHA CEUs: 0.25
Cost: Free of Charge

Presenter: Loyal Truong
Loyal has prior experience as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluator and trainer serving clients of the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center in Los Angeles and the Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC) in Orange County, California. As a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Loyal served children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, ALS, Traumatic Brain Injury, spinal cord injury, and other medically complex needs focusing on communication and computer access. Loyal’s passion for his clients and AAC technology led him to the Learning Services Team at Tobii Dynavox where he currently supports internal and external customer training and implementation needs as a Learning Consultant.