off topic aac devices apps, and software – light writer sl40 connect

the light writer sl40 connect

i have been using a light writer sl40 connect since 2010.
it basically a talking keyboard. with a calendra , a phone , a note pad , a contact book.
and predictive txt
i can send sms too ( well sort of)
thats it.

basically u type as u would on a word processor , one letter at a time.
there is a set of pre programmed sentences,
it has two displays one for the reader and one for the sender

you can type on conversion 2 while conversation 1 is in use

but thats it

mine was up graded to the scanner sl40 on first of august 2013. after a failed switch to the dynavox maestro!

Adventures in aac land part 1

ok here what ive learnt

about 2008
saw me and my speeach thrapist or slt spending just over a year having speech therapy every wednesday afternoon , trying out new excise methods, going for tests , learning how to cope, relaxation , and anything else
and seeing sales reps for devices to help with my
speech needs

well after 6 months of excises i decided enough was enough it was getting harder to talk not easier. so i mentioned it to my slt

in the january or just before we decided to see 4 sales reps
both slt and tecniton tried to attend

the following
toby churchil ltd ( lightwriter)
dynavox (mini/might mo, v max v mestro , t10 etc)

well back then prc devices were either big and a fancy case, or a palm stylus hand held like a orginzer . i tried both came to try the palm thing
and said how do i tell u i dropped the stylus , if u need to use the stylus
to operate it.

feel real bad as both sales reps look embarrassed, but it just slipped out
so sorry
but it was a good point


i met up with mick from toby churchil i’d tried sl35 with him four years or so earlier . so new i wanted to see him , and introduce geoff to him, as well as staffordshire speech and language department .

there was a new light writer due out soon (eventually september)
which unlike the sl35 had txt (sms) note pad callendar and phone book
but the version i decided on had a phone as well it was called sl40 connect.

mick also tried me on the scanning version of the sl35. but the screen was making me feel sick . so i had the sl40 connect in white. as the black version made it hard to see the keyboard.

while we waited i loaned an sl35 from leek and loan from toby churchil ltd as well . when my device came it was the same week as the toby churchil device gave up working of mains

so email mick who was staffordshire area rep and he came down
to set my device up and try see if he could do anything as all my messagers were in the sl35 and i dint no how to put them in my device.

mick tweeked and saved and demo any stuff i needed in he added

total lockup

ive had small lock ups where i cant move at all but this was something i wouldn’t no at the time was going get more often. must have been 2 years after my device came , it was october or november .

i couldn’t move and couldn’t talk what was worse i couldnt type
i have a headache , i need painkillers and a drink, i terrified.

so geoff head to guess what i wanted and made a sound if he was right

took 4 hours to ask for painkillers.

i so hated that moment

i email mick the next day and ask if he new of anything we could use or did he have anything as i was shit scared

mick and vernon and the other reps are good like that

we made an appointment to see if there were any products they did to help

so we thought about lending the scanner again as long as it had a different screen

any way long story short geoff and i decide to get proloque2go and a fifth hand iphone

at least it was aback up for my now content in need of repair device

i use proloque2go to communicate with when using my lightwriter sl40 is getting to much.
by this i mean i am now struggling with everything to do with my light writer word are some times to hard there in my head but i cant get them

typed out

enter p2g , thats what i call proloque2go. i fist had it when my light write went wrong and that was about 3 years ago

i was using p2g on my 3rd or 5th hand iphone 3gs

it isn’t just symbol communication , you can use the keyboard as well

i have now got p2g on my ipad which is failing due to over use.

the one problem i have is i cant seem to get my fingers to register on my phone or ipad and if i have problems with p2g im now getting to frustrated with the problem to explain it.

technical support is amazing i find it hard to explain what im struggling with and there all very understanding . mostly i have email or address emails to pam , she is so cool when im trying to explan stuff to her.
i wish she could support in person as , and perticuly this last problem was one they had to guess as i couldnt give a screenshot.

it was hard going and scarey as i struggled to word this problem but together the glitch was seen by pam as well . yay !

im so proud of them as its getting a nightmare trying to work out what im trying say

carol is another member i spoke too and joe

im just glad as i get to a point i cant and wont explain its , i basically shut down.

as we didnt do the dynavox trial , i decided it was time to. my lockups now happen offern , and im getting movement problems, since a fall. I also wanted to do more
so we tried me on a dynavox meastro that went ok but 3 things made it fail in the end

it wasnt programmed how i could manage it
it was to heavy to go from my mount kit on my chair to mount kit for over my bed.

and there was no buzzer

so after receiving it i was force into a choice keep my light writer
and struggle with clicking each letter then do key then starting and clicking till the next letter and do

after trying write a note which took over 3000 clicks

i had enough.

but need the buzzer so meastro went back

and back i went to clicking and scanning, although ive had tones of trouble with new software for the scanner. after my device came back from and upgrade it stayed with me 3 days

yep and this was the 30th repair


the light writer sl40 connect gets upgraded to a scanner

i have been using a light writer sl40 connect since 2009
it basically a talking keyboard. with a calendra , a phone , a note pad , a contact book.
and predictive txt
i can send sms too ( well sort of)
thats it.

basically u type as u would on a word processor , one letter at a time.
there is a set of pre programmed sentences,
it has two displays one for the reader and one for the sender

you can type on conversion 2 while conversation 1 is in use

but thats it

i thought amy was having me on, nope they want it back to bug fix
ok back it went
for a keyboard patch

it came back thought it was ok , it had the odd flash of a key but after xmas 2014 it had more than that

radom behaviour
picking one key in scan mode but not a switch pluged in shouldnt do that
rebooting suddenly
skip scaning
rebooting to factory settings
blue scan was to bright

so i emailed the new rep
so now its back at over

33 repairs and i havent been able use it for more than a few minutes since august 2013.

to be fair amy did say the software wasnt meant for the sl40 series , and i think i got her device anyway or at least the internal bits.

weather she was suppose to tell me is another matter
she told me if keyboad goes odd just reboot

so its not the company’s fault
but really 33 repairs on a device which has just turned 4 years of age

its had

3 new mother boards
1 speaker
2 new screens
new letters
new transformer
new sim covers

the list goes on

so now were hoping for a new device, but its getting the charity to agree thats the problem.

for some reason they think that cus i had freedom of choice and sent meastro back . which they then gave someone else, and then paid for my device to be software updated to a scanner which sucked from day one

which then made my device unrealiable to the point i spend a little time as possible using it.

BUT still use it

they wont replace with a new device of my choice

i cant relie on it , its so quirky

its stupid because its costing the charity more in repairs then it would to use that money to by the dynavox t10

so why are they still repair it each repair is over £100
33 repairs

just doest make sense to repair something this much

end of part one

adventures in aac land part 2 (my dynavox compass app review)

see ( apple appstore dynavox compass app in app store ))

brilliant! fantastic!

i love this app there so much choice.

you can have

nav bar young child, child, young adult, adult
master page ” “
word power
text only

suits all disabilities, i tried all the page sets
and i found for me i prefer word power

nav bar is as pictured (20.3.2014) with a menu bar down side with a picture ( you can put ur own pictures in place of this) the yellow boxes are hotspots/ short cuts

and words across the bottom

if you use dynavox before then they say master page set is the same you again press the picture of eg meals and then ur taken to that area . which has tabs of different things connected to the meals folder.

there are quick fires ( messages for situations) , core ( words with graphic)keyboard and white boad ( you can use this as paper) too

wordpower comes in
20 scan and touch ,46, 60, 100 picture & phrases 100 and 150

20 scan & touch has 20 icons and is the one with the biggest icons, and easiest to start with.

46 has slightly more small buttons with icon and words on nearly all buttons ( this is the last one that currently has a keyguard. if u use the app on a t10)

60 is smaller still because of 60 icons per page is add to the words from the 20 and 46 pages i mentioned earlier but there practically still in the same place

the 100 picture and phrases i just the same as before but has the phases and some words on the main page

100 with key board has a full keyboard on the main page this page sette has almost no picture icons just words

finally there the 150 page sette
for me using it on my ipad mini the icons are to small

wp 60 is the one i prefer to use, i customised mine a bit , messages i say a lot, Emergancy instructions , peoples names etc

i did this by using the built in page editor,
i also created a few of my own pages with almost no help.

with the ipad version ( not avaliblie ipad 1)
you pay a monthly or yearly subscription.

also with the ipad version you need your ipad signed into your mydynavox account.

its so u can keep ur files there insted of have all your backups on your ipad etc

there on line

i love it, i hope one day to get a dynavox t10
this is the system ive been hoping for.

it wont of course work on
ipod touch
and ipad 1

but its the best communication aac app ive see
other then proloque2go

main difference between p2g a compass for me
was i could make tenplates, on compass

and you cant yet on p2g.

also for me i need a special mouse called a zono gyroscopic mouse by qhau.

this dose not work with my ipad mini.

dynavox compass is a great introduction to aac communicaction for not just non verbal, but for anyone who needs help getting there words over to family and friends

before i had my aac device i had no confidence because of speach problem
i now can say what i want and this is the best app for me.

thank you dynavox for helping me come out of my shell

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