Avaz is an award-winning AAC app based on research that enables people with speech difficulties such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome and other partial/nonverbal conditions to communicate better.
The inception of Avaz came as a result of collaboration with 25 schools and almost 500 children attempting to design an advanced tool for communicators to use with maximum efficiency effectiveness. Avaz incorporates a powerful keyboard and uses picture-based (PCS) symbols along with high-quality voice synthesis allowing users to communicate and develop language skills as a process. The UI is designed to make speech therapy more effective by developing a users language and improving their intent to communicate.
Why Use Avaz?
User-Friendly Personalisations: Avaz can be personalized to meet the user's requirements. You can add multiple messages and folders/categories simultaneously. You can also hide or show the pictures whenever needed and change the number of messages displayed on the screen ranging from 1 to 40.
Huge Vocabulary Repository: Avaz comes with 3 research-based, graded picture vocabularies, and a set of Core Words that enables a user to communicate. These vocabularies have been designed to facilitate spontaneous novel utterance generation, encouraging the communicator to not only use language but also generalize from it. While Avaz helps a communicator get started quickly with pictures, it's also great for facilitating an easy transition into text. Avazs keyboard has support for saving and loading text, a quick response bar for frequently-used messages, and a picture-assisted text prediction capability for sight readers.
Social Media Connect: The user can share the messages via Facebook, Twitter, Email & WhatsApp. This feature helps the user to connect to their friends and family.
Special Designs For Special Needs: Avaz features animation for maximizing reinforcement (zoom setting), a high-contrast mode for users with visual impairment, and arrow keys for users having difficulties with fine motor control. Communicators also get fine-grained control over the speech output, with a choice of many natural voices.
Word Prediction: Prediction (with pictures) is available in the Keyboard mode. Prediction also works with phonetic spelling, to help users who have difficulties with spelling. As non-native speakers, word prediction for phonetics makes the task simple for the user and helps them convey their thoughts effectively.
High-Quality IVONA Voices: Avaz comes with several high-quality voices from IVONA. You can even record your own voice. Avaz takes the hassle out of 'programming' a typical AAC aid and keeps the focus on interacting with the user.
Easy backup and restore using Dropbox
Inbuilt training module for the parents and SLPs incorporated into the Dashboard
Seamless Integrated Text and Keyboard Mode
Print Avaz vocabulary as a low tech support
Instant Bing search and download of copyright-free images, right from within the app
Reinforcement of image using zoom
Color-coded vocabulary based on modified Fitzgerald color codes
Ready-to-use graded vocabulary (3 levels)
Word prediction with both pictures and text
Instant Search to explore vocabulary easily
Consistent Motor Planning
Grammar - Morphology options of a word e.g. verb, noun, and adjective
Settings Wizard - Personalize Avaz, based on the users unique needs
Add/Edit multiple messages or categories at once
No active internet connection required
Grid Size Control
Prompt support on Email and chat
Introductory video tutorial
App usage analytics
Easy-to-access help screen on all pages
Minimum specs required:
- Android Version: 5.0
- Screen Size: 5
- RAM - 1 GB
- Available Storage: 1 GB