DescriptionAvaz is a full-featured picture-based communication app for children with special needs, who are non-verbal or who have difficulty with language. It is child- and caregiver-friendly, and helps therapists and educators to bring out communication and language potential in children with autism spectrum disorders. Avaz has received top international awards, including being on MIT’s list of Top 35 Innovations in 2011, and is the top-rated AAC app on the app store.
PRAISE FOR AVAZ
“Has a very clean presentation and is very intuitive to use. 3 stars/3 stars.” - Jane Farrall, AAC and Assistive Technology Expert and Speech Pathologist, Spectronicsinoz
“After Dharunika has started using Avaz, she has started communicating a lot more– and she also wants to communicate lot more now. She also spoke to complete strangers using Avaz, which she had never done before.” – Dharunika’s mother, a happy parent
“Avaz for Autism is the most flexible and functional assisted communication software I have seen... an outstanding tool and will open doors for countless individuals who need assisted communication.” – Sandra Fleming, bestappsforkids.com
“Avaz is a great AAC option for many reasons, but we especially love the dedication to continued improvements and innovation.” – Dr. Robin Parker, Consulting Director, UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD), PrAACtical AAC
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. It's also great for facilitating the development of literacy, with a keyboard that has support for saving and loading text, a Quick response bar for frequently-used messages, and picture-assisted text prediction capability for sight readers.
Avaz features animation for reinforcing actions, 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. 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 Fitzgerald key
√ 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, restore and sync using Dropbox
√ Grid size control
√ No active internet connection required!
What's New in Version 2.3 (update from ver 1.3)
• Therapy logging
• Social sharing
• Color coding
• Audio recording
• In-app Avaz tutorial
• Audio options (What to speak setting)
• Captions above/below
* 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.