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Assistive Technology: Principles and Applications for Communication Disorders and Special Education


This book provides readers with vast knowledge of practical applications, theoretical models, services and evidence-based solutions in the areas of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). It aims to equip practicing clinicians, educators and students with the necessary background to use AT and AAC with their clients. This book also sheds light on the many different roles and functions of AT and AAC for a large variety of clinical populations, and suggests solutions the reader can implement immediately. Although a particular focus is set on communication disorders, described applications and resources also apply to individuals with developmental disabilities and sensory impairments. In addition to outlining most recent low and high technology, this book makes a particularly strong effort to teach general principles and guidelines for successful AT and AAC interventions regardless of what particular technology is used. This resource is a crucial addition to the bookshelf of any professional dealing with AT and/or AAC, including speech-language pathologists, special educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, early intervention specialists, students in professional programs, users of AT or AAC, their families, and applied researchers. This is a must read for novices and seasoned professional alike.
Publication Date:
6 October 2011

    SPEAK MODalities co-founder Dr. Oliver Wendt receives the 2017 Edison Gold Award for the company’s apps, SPEAKall!® and SPEAKmore!®. SPEAK MODalities also won the ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education Prize and the Milken Family Foundation Grand Prize at the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition for its work developing evidence-based speech and language therapy applications for individuals with severe autism or developmental disabilities. (Edison Universe photo)

    May-June 2017 |

    The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships congratulates the following individuals for their recent awards:

    Dan Szymanski, a professor of botany and plant pathology, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists. The organization, which has a membership of about 4,000, is a professional scientific society that is devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences worldwide.

    Thomas Siegmund, a professor of mechanical engineering, was elected president of the Society of Engineering Science for the 2017 term. Siegmund is the first Purdue faculty member to hold the position since A.C. Eringen founded the organization in 1963, and held its first meeting on Purdue’s campus.

    Oliver Wendt (pictured above), co-founder of Speak MODalities and Purdue assistant professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences, captured third place and $1,000 in the PNW Big Sell competition in April at Purdue University Northwest.  SPEAK MODalities also won the ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education Prize and the Milken Family Foundation Grand Prize at the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition, receiving $60,000 in prize money; and received a gold Edison Award for excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation.

    Five Purdue-affiliated startups were each selected for $80,000 investments in the latest round of funding for Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund Gold Awards: 

    AccuPS LLC, founded by Byunghoo Jung, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a software startup developing a high-definition 3-D motion-tracking technology for fast, accurate and easy-to-use 3-D user interface for mobile virtual reality platforms.

    Amplified Sciences LLC, founded by Vincent Jo Davisson, professor in Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, is a life sciences company that is developing solutions for the assessment of early-stage acute kidney injury with a patented dye-based detection technology to capture and identify levels of biomarkers in patient urine samples.

    Bionode LLC, co-founded by Pedro Irazoqui, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, is a biomedical company developing a wearable neuro-modulation device that could be used as a non-invasive, personalized therapy to treat and prevent intra-ocular pressure in patients diagnosed with glaucoma. 

    Mobile Enerlytics LLC, co-founded by Y. Charlie Hu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, is a software company developing technologies that catch energy glitches in mobile apps before every release and helps developers remove them.  

    ZeroUI Inc., co-founded by Karthik Ramani, a professor of mechanical engineering, is a tech company developing hands-free, gesture-based 3-D modelling software.

    Purdue Foundry student startups walked away with the top two awards during the PNW Big Sell competition in April at Purdue University Northwest. Alex Finch, co-founder of Tri-D Dynamics and a graduate student in Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, won first place and $5,000. Scott Massey, co-founder of Hydro Grow LLC and a senior in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, took second place and $2,000.

    Explore Interactive LLC, a startup created by a team of Purdue students commercializing an interactive platform to foster STEM education in elementary school students, took top honors during “Demo Day” of the fourth annual Boiler Business Competition, or Boiler, in April at the Anvil in West Lafayette, Ind.

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