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Buying Guide

What do I need to run LAMP: Words For Life?

Minimum System Requirements

iPad2 running iOS 8.1 or higher

Recommended System Requirements

iPad Mini running iOS 8.1 or higher

iPad 4 running iOS 8.1 or higher

Will my LAMP Words for Life™ vocabulary work in a PRC device?

iSharePRC offers a tool that will convert your personalized LAMP™ vocabulary from a PRC device to a format that can be used in the LAMP Words For Life™ app on the iPad. Currently, there is not a way to convert personalized vocabulary from the LAMP Words for Life app back to a format for a PRC device.

What funding is available for the LAMP app?

Funding for speech-generating devices, tablet computers and communication apps vary significantly by state. Very few states have Medicaid coverage for iPads at this time.

Can I try the app before I buy it?

The Center for AAC & Autism is developing a network of partners who have been trained in the LAMP approach and use of the LAMP Words for Life app. Click here for a list of places where you may be able to try the LAMP Words for Life app, borrow it from a lending library and/or get an assessment before you buy it. Please note that some of these organizations may charge a fee for their services and may not offer all of the previously mentioned services.

What is the difference between LAMP Words For Life and a PRC communication device?

A common question people ask is, “Why would I buy a communication device?” Here are the main reasons:

LAMP Words for Life on iPad App LAMP Vocabulary on PRC Communication Devices
Portability Yes Yes
Direct access Yes Yes
Alternative access methods (i.e. scanning, auditory prompts, head pointing, eye-gaze) No Yes
Computer keyboard and mouse emulation No Yes
Direct interface with other programs for word processing and academics No Yes
Medicaid funding Some states Yes
Medicare funding No Yes
Durable No

Commercially available protective casing required for most users

Yes
Warranty for accidental damage

Available for additional fee through Apple and third party insurers

Yes

Included with purchase of device

Ability to limit access to games and videos

Coming with iOS 6 but a setting that can be turned off

Yes
Infrared environmental controls No

(there are apps that communicate with a local IR unit through WiFi but the iPad must be near the IR unit limiting universal access)

Yes

My child has severe motor impairments. Can they use the LAMP app?

A student who is able to isolate a finger and accurately touch .5”×.5” keys may be a candidate for the LAMP app. If the child has motor impairments that prevent them from accessing a screen directly or needs to use switches or eye gaze to make selections, they may better benefit from a PRC communication device.

How will other apps affect my child’s use of his/her communication app?

Consumer tablet computers have a wide variety of functions and features. Some children may easily switch between email, web browsing and word processing applications and their communication software. Other children may prefer to engage in game play and watch videos on their tablet and react negatively to their communication software if they are being asked to discontinue fun activities. It may be helpful to disable video and game features.

Can I use my AAC app to create text that I can use in other application such a Word document or academic software?

Yes, but not directly. Currently, Apple apps do not have the ability to interface and function together. You have the ability to copy the text in the text box then paste that into another application. This limits the device user to copying just a couple lines of text at a time. If the AAC user needs the ability to create text using their AAC software while working within other programs, then a PRC communication device is a better option.

Can I use my AAC app to talk while making phone calls or using Skype?

Yes, but you can only make a voice call. You must first use your Skype app to make the call and then switch to your AAC app. Then you can generate messages that your call partner will hear. You will also hear them from your iPad speakers. You cannot use Skype’s IM using your Words For Life app as the input, nor can you use video.

Cases, TouchGuides & Keyguards

There are various cases, TouchGuides and Keyguard options available for the Unity Connect reader application. The following chart describes each option and where they can be purchased:

Keyguard / Touchguide Description Manufacturer iPad Compatibility
  • Clear & flexible touchguide
  • .062 inches thick
  • Fits within ridges of Gumdrop case for easy placement or removal
Silver Kite ChatWrap™
www.silver-kite.com

Only fits on Gumdrop Drop Tech Series sold separately at www.GumDropCases.com
  • iPad 2, 3 & 4
  • Incompatible with iPad Air
  • An accessory to Chat Wrap amplified case
  • .19 inches thick
  • Hinged so that it can flip up for easy programming
Silver Kite ChatWrap™ www.silver-kite.com
  • iPad 3, 4 & Air
  • Incompatible with 1st generation iPad and iPad 2
  • ChatWrap is available for iPad mini, however WFL keyguards are not

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