A Review of Innovative Communication Apps for Students with Special Needs
Abstract: Convergence of systems into a convenient device and federal funding commitment offer educators an opportunity to redefine assistive technology for students with special needs. Visual communication systems that once encompassed classroom walls now fit in a pocket. A gap exists between development of new, award-winning communication applications (apps) and classroom implementation—a gap widened by lack of awareness. This review gives an overview of traditional communication strategies and describes two ground-breaking apps. The themes of cost, the cool factor, and accessibility are discussed. A goal is to increase awareness and encourage discussions leading to quality instructional models using the new, innovative devices.