Everyday I discover new ways the iPad and its apps are infusing our lives with new ways to communicate with each other.

One of these is the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app Proloquo2Go, which I learned about from an article in USA Today last week. Upon reading the article, I had to learn more about it.

The company describes Proloquo2Go as an app that “…provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, close to 8000 up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a large default vocabulary, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.”

The app allows users to communicate with others upon touching representative icon images on the screen to form sentences. The app then speaks the sentences out loud via the device speaker.

Proloquo2 has a default vocabulary of more than 7,000 words and phrases. Users can add to this built-in database by typing new words as needed. Additionally, sentences are stored for later use as needed.

There quite a few reasons someone would have trouble speaking, from autism spectrum disorders in children to ALS and stroke illnesses in adults. This app has already helped a lot of people greatly improve their ability their communicate, which in turn improves their lives. And that is an incredible thing.

What about you? Have you discovered an app that’s forging new frontiers in personal communication?

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