Award-winning communication app now gives a voice to Spanish children

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[] Amsterdam, Netherlands - AssistiveWare, a leading innovator in the assistive technology market, today announced Proloquo2Go 4.1, a major new release of its award-winning symbol-supported Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app that already provides a voice to over 125,000 English-language children, teens and adults who cannot speak. Proloquo2Go 4.1 not only adds full support for Spanish, but is also the first solution to provide instant switching between English and Spanish to support bilingual users.

"With Proloquo2Go 4.1 Spanish is treated as a first class citizen," said David Niemeijer, AssistiveWare's founder and CEO. "We've redesigned for Spanish all the features we developed for English in the last 6 years."

Proloquo2Go is now one of the few completely bilingual AAC systems thanks to its new Spanish Crescendo(TM) vocabulary. You can configure your vocabulary in English, Spanish or both with the ability to switch instantly between languages at any time, even mix languages mid-sentence. Now AAC users that are immersed in different languages at home, work or school will have the opportunity to develop their communication abilities in both English and Spanish and more effectively communicate through all aspects of their lives. While the Spanish Crescendo(TM) vocabulary has been optimized for Spanish, it retains the same hierarchy as English, making skills like navigation and categorization easily transferable between languages.

"While there are other AAC apps in Spanish, they are typically a translation of an English platform," said Gloria M. Velez Barrios, MA SLP, Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. "What really makes Proloquo2Go stand out is its ability to capture Spanish syntax and morphology, and how easy it is for the user to formulate well-structured sentences."

Key new Proloquo2Go features to fully support Spanish:
* Spanish Crescendo(TM) vocabulary with 23 pre-designed grid sizes and 3 vocabulary levels
* Configurable access to all Spanish grammar
* Two regional vocabulary variants, Castilian and North American Spanish
* Three bilingual North American English-Spanish voices that will allow you to switch seamlessly between languages keeping your voice and accent, including 2 children voices
* Four additional Spanish voices: 3 Castilian and 1 North American

Proloquo2Go has been used successfully with individuals with the following diagnoses: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, stroke, traumatic brain injury and others.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.2 or later
* Optimized for iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus
* 390 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Proloquo2Go 4.1 is $249.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively on the App Store in the Education category. Version 4.1 is a free update for existing users.

AssistiveWare(R), a leading innovator of assistive technology software for iOS and Mac OS X with over 125,000 customers worldwide, is committed to collaborating with the global community to make a difference in peoples lives. The company's flagship product, Proloquo2Go(R), is an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that provides a "voice" for people who have difficulty speaking or cannot speak at all. Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare was the first company to deliver universal access to Mac OS X with its award-winning KeyStrokes(TM) on-screen keyboard and the first to create genuine children's Text to Speech voices. Focused on its vision to empower people through innovative technology, AssistiveWare offers a wide-range of assistive technology products and services. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 AssistiveWare. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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