DescriptionAvaz, a full-featured AAC app, has been developed for children with special needs, who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking. Avaz has been designed with the vision of making every voice heard! Avaz is child- and caregiver-friendly, and helps therapists and educators to bring out the maximum potential in children. Avaz has received top international awards, including being on MIT’s list of Top 35 Innovations in 2011. Avaz runs on Android-based tablets and phones*.
WHY CHOOSE AVAZ?
Avaz was developed in collaboration with 25 schools and 500 children, to help children with autism achieve the most effective communication possible. Avaz is also useful for children with Down Syndrome, Angelman's Syndrome, Aspergers, Apraxia and other non-verbal conditions. Avaz’s user interface is designed to make speech therapy more effective, develop a child’s language, and improve his/her intent to communicate.
Avaz uses picture symbols and high-quality voice synthesis to help users create messages. It comes with 3 research-based, graded picture vocabularies, and a Core Words set that will help a child begin to communicate. These vocabularies have been designed to facilitate spontaneous novel utterance generation, encouraging a child to not only use language, but also generalize from it.
While Avaz helps a child get started quickly with pictures, it's also great for facilitating easy transition into text. Avaz's keyboard has support for saving and loading text, a Quick response bar for frequently-used messages, and a picture-assisted text prediction capability for sight readers.
Avaz features animation for maximizing reinforcement, the ability to remove distracting content from the screen, fine-grained control over the speech output, and a high-contrast mode.
Avaz is exceptionally easy to customize, and comes with 7 high-quality voices from Acapela. You can even record your own voice! Avaz takes the hassle out of 'programming' a typical AAC aid, and keeps the focus on interacting with the child.
√ Symbols and Images (15,000+ high-quality Symbolstix symbols or use your images)
√ Natural-sounding high-quality Acapela voices
√ Seamlessly Integrated Picture and Keyboard Modes
√ Core-word based, ready-to-use Vocabulary levels for varying cognitive needs
√ Reinforcement using picture zoom-in
√Color-coded vocabulary based on modified Fitzgerald codes
√Pictures in message box
√ Word prediction with pictures and text
√Tracking of Therapy Sessions (data logging) and receiving logs by email
√ Instant Search to find vocabulary
√ Sharing messages using email, Facebook and Twitter
√ Quick communication through Quick phrases
√Alert key for seeking attention of the communication partner
√ Features that aid consistent Motor Planning
√ Easy backup and restore using Dropbox
√ Sync content across multiple devices using Dropbox
√ Grid Size Control for varying physical needs
√ Easy to access context-sensitive help screen on all pages
√ No active internet connection (Wi-Fi or 3G) required
What's New in Version 2.3 (update from ver 1.3)
• Social sharing
• Color coding
• Audio recording
• Append dictionary
• Push notifications
• In-app Avaz Tutorial
• Audio options (What to speak setting)
• Captions above / below
• Avaz Support in-app
* Avaz runs on Android devices (tablets and phones) requiring a minimum internal memory of 100MB and external SD card memory of 800MB. Note that Avaz runs only in landscape mode.