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AMDI Announces Tech Series Price Drop & TechPlus Re-Design 0

AMDI has dropped the price on their popular Tech Plus 8 and 32 models while improving the design.  Tor a limited time the new Tech/Plus and a selection of their popular Tech/Talk and Tech/Speak communicators are available from 30-40% off.  (See table below) [caption id="attachment_518" align="alignleft" width="251" caption="New Tech plus 32 with 4 core message buttons"]New Tech plus 32 with 4 core message buttons[/caption] The Tech/Plus 8 and 32 are 12 level ccommunicators with 8 and 32 messages respectfully.  They now have 4 core message buttons along the top grid that will activate with zero touch proximity sensors. These buttons deliver access to key messages with the slightest touch. These messages stay the same no matter which of the 12 levels the Tech/Plus is set to and can be used for getting attention, yes/no, greetings or other essential messages.  The Pluses also have a new shell, for a slimmed down profile. Also, just announced, many of the most popular of the 8 message Tech/Talks and the 32 message Tech/Speaks are now available from 30-40% off the regular price.   AMDI’s Tech series are known for their durability and versatility.  They are a great investment for any self-contained classroom, school district or speech clinic. [caption id="attachment_519" align="alignright" width="240" caption="New Tech Plus 32 with 4 core message buttons."]New Tech Plus 32[/caption]

Tech/Talk

Regular   Price

Sale Price

42-TT12x8BG Tech/Talk 12x8 BG

710

$497

42-TT12x8BGEX Tech/Talk 12x8 BGEX

1078

$686

42-TT12x8WB Tech/Talk 12x8 WB

710

$497

42-TT12x8WBEX Tech/Talk 12x8 WBEX

980

$686

42-TT8x8BGEX Tech/Talk 8x8 BGEX

760

$532

42-TT8x8WBEX Tech/Talk 8x8 WBEX

$532

Tech/Speak

42-TS12x32BG Tech/Speak 12x32 BG

1040

$624

42-TS12x32BGEX Tech/Speak 12x32 BGEX

1310

$786

42-TS12x32WB Tech/Speak 12x32 WB

1040

$624

42-TS12x32WBEX Tech/Speak 12x32 WBEX

1310

$786

42-TS6x32BG Tech/Speak 6x32 BG

710

$497

42-TS6x32BGEX Tech/Speak 6x32 BGEX

980

$588

42-TS6x32WB Tech/Speak 6x32 WB

710

$497

42-TS6x32WBEX Tech/Speak 6x32 WBEX

980

$588

Tech/Plus

 

42-TP12X8 Tech/Plus 8

790

$593

42-TP12X32 Tech/Plus 32

1080

$810

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Bridges LIVE! Newmarket 0

blive kitchener collageWe've confirmed our next Bridges LIVE! event will be in Newmarket, Ontario.  Bridges LIVE! is an interactive, hands-on day of trying technology and curricula for students with special needs.  This year we're focusing on tools for students with intellectual, physical and/or communication challenges who may be following modified or alternative curricula. Looks like there will be more Bridges LIVE! events happening before the end of the school year, hosted by school boards. Does your board want to host a Bridges LIVE? If you host a Bridges LIVE at your location, we'll provide you with 5 free registrations. Bridges will supply computers, catering and all materials. We just need a suitable room. If you're interested in hosting a Bridges LIVE, contact me at bogdan@bridges-canada.com.

SoundingBoard Communication App 0

There are a lot of apps out there for face-to-face communication using an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  SoundingBoard, from Ablenet, differentiates itself from the crowd in a number of key ways: [caption id="attachment_504" align="alignleft" width="158" caption="SoundBoard by Ablenet"]SoundingBoard[/caption]
  • It’s inexpensive.  Plus there are additional licensing discounts ideal for school districts looking for one solution for many students.
  • It’s from Ablenet a leader in this field for over 20 years. So you know there’s a real support system behind SoundingBoard and it’s not going to disappear in a few months.
  • It’s very easy to use.
  • Single or Dual Switch Access with Ablenet’s Blue Two Bluetooth Switch.  With the Blue Two you can plug in the Jelly Bean or any switch of your choice.
We’ve found SoundingBoard very easy to setup and configure; it comes with  lots of pre-loaded communication boards to customize.  If you have a functioning digital camera on board your device you can easily add your own pictures To get more info or to purchase, just search for SoundingBoard in the iTunes Store.

SoundingBoard Screens

Erickson, Koppenhaver Literacy & AAC Course – Back in 2012 0

Registration for Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver’s course, Literacy and Alternative Augmentative Communication Course, is now open. This is the third time Bridges has presented this course. litteracy and aac erickson koppenhaver course logoThis is an intensive five day course on teaching literacy to children with severe communication impairments.  Speech Language Pathologists, teachers and other educators who work with students using AAC, Occupational Therapists, Communication Disorder Assistants and others would benefit from this comprehensive examination of assessment, instruction, classroom problem-solving, and best practice use of assistive technologies to support these students The course runs from May 14 - 18, 2012. The reviews from past offerings of this session have been glowing.  It is a lot of intense work -- essentially packing a semester of learning into a single week -- but has proven to be an extremely valuable and satisfying experience for participants. Please note that there are only 30 spots for the course. The last time it was offered, we ended up with a substantial waiting list so register early! For more info and to register, visit http://bridges-canada.com/BTL2012/literacy-and-aac-course.aspx.