From the Algemeiner....there is a new app from Israel that facilitates communication for nonverbal persons.
I am not certain if this app is available in the US yet. But it sounds like something parents should watch for.
A new Israeli application, the first of its kind in the world, is
allowing people who cannot speak to communicate with people everywhere,
Israeli daily Walla reported.
Ola Mundo (“Hello World ” in Spanish) is an application that
transmits instant messages using symbols for people whose speaking or
writing ability is severely impaired. The technological breakthrough was
developed by Ophir Harel, a Project Manager at an Israeli high tech
firm who is also the father of a 10 -year-old autistic child, named
Adam, Walla reports.
Harel created the application out of a profound sense of frustration:
“I had no intention of developing an app. However two years ago, Adam’s
therapy – which included speech and occupational therapy – wasn’t
progressing. The few words Adam did say we had to coax out of him.”
After researching possible alternative therapies for his son, Ophir
realized that there was simply no solution for kids such as Adam who
communicate primarily through the expression of emotions, Walla said.
Necessity being the mother of invention, Harel developed an
application that allows children and adults who do not speak and write
to communicate with the world around them by way of a new language
comprised solely of symbols. Ola Mundo’s big leap forward is that its
use is not dependent on proximity since the user of the application
communicates by way of instant messaging.
After an incubation period that included the assembly of a dream team
comprised of, among others, a former CEO of an Israeli start up that
specializes in instant messaging technology, Ola Mundo finally went from
being one man’s bright idea into an exciting reality.
Recently, Apple’s App Stores have begun selling Ola Mundo. In Israel,
the version of Harel’s technological innovation that is being marketed
is compatible with any iPads that are second generation or newer, as
well as the iPad Mini. Due to heightened demand, it is currently
possible to download the application for free – until the middle of
January – and get a free one year trial.
In the near future, Ola Mundo is expected to be sold in the United States for an annual fee of 80 dollars.
According to Harel, parents are the driving force behind the growth
of Ola Mundo. Therefore “…we invite parents to get involved as one
community in shaping the future of our children, by way of the Ola Mundo
platform,” he said.
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