Tobii Dynavox Launches New Software for Teaching Non-Verbal Students How to Read

Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL™) reading program created in
conjunction with Penn State researchers

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–90% of students in America with complex communication needs enter
adulthood without acquiring functional literacy skills.* This
overwhelming majority is at a distinct disadvantage considering that
literacy is linked to successful transition to independent living and
employment. To address this issue, Tobii Dynavox has created a new
software version of their popular Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL™)
reading program. This evidence-based reading program is designed
specifically to teach those individuals who require AAC and have complex
communication needs and physical access challenges, to learn how to read.

“To have 90% of the population that we serve, be illiterate is a
staggering statistic that demands change,” says Fredrik Ruben, President
of Tobii Dynavox. “With the introduction of the Tobii Dynavox ALL
software we are proud to say that we’ve developed a highly effective
solution to bring literacy to non-verbal students.”

Available as an app for use on the iPad, Windows operating systems, and
Tobii Dynavox communication devices (including the T-Series
and I-Series+),
the ALL software edition gives teachers and parents a straightforward
way to deliver proven literacy instruction. Developed in conjunction
with researchers at Penn State University (Dr. Janice Light, Ph.D. and
Dr. David McNaughton, Ph.D.), the robust program provides systematic
instruction in seven different reading skills, while encouraging shared
reading through an included library of engaging books. Tobii Dynavox ALL
continuously tracks student progress and includes periodic skill review
sessions, so teacher and parents always know where the student is in the
process. Most importantly, the software enables students to bypass oral
responses at all stages of instruction, allowing non-verbal students
access to reading instruction.

“With the software version of the Tobii Dynavox ALL, we’re able to make
literacy instruction more accessible, enabling everyone to help teach
children with disabilities how to read – including teachers, aides and
parents,” said Ruben. “Literacy is a critical, foundational skill that
students carry with them for the rest of their life, and now we’re
bridging the gap to provide these crucial skills to a population that
has traditionally been under-served.”

The ALL reading program also fulfills U.S. common Individualized
Education Program (IEP) literacy goals and compliments existing literacy
curriculum so that educators can get more literacy instruction
accomplished in the same amount of time. Access methods such as direct
selection, switch scanning, and even eyegaze (Windows only), are built
into the software, making it useful to a broad range of students.

The Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) software is available for $79.99
for:

  • Windows® through www.mayer-johnson.com
  • iPad ® through www.iTunes.com
  • T-Series AAC Devices through www.myTobiiDynavox.com
  • I-Series AAC Devices through www.myTobiiDynavox.com

To learn more about the new software version of Tobii Dynavox ALL, visit tobiidynavox.com/all-software.

* Foley, B. & Wolter, J.A. (2010). Literacy intervention for
transition-aged youth: What is and what could be. Language, Literacy,
and AAC Issues for Transition- Age Youth.

About Tobii Dynavox

Tobii Dynavox, part of the Tobii Group (STO: TOBII), is the leading
provider of touch and eye tracking based assistive technology hardware
and software for those with communication and mobility impairments.
Tobii Dynavox has helped thousands of individuals with disabilities such
as aphasia, autism, cerebral palsy, ALS, muscular dystrophy, Rett
syndrome and spinal cord injury lead fuller and richer lives. Tobii
Dynavox stands at the forefront of assistive technology and special
education, pushing the boundaries of what is possible for delivering the
most advanced, effective and empowering communication and computer
access tools available. Mayer-Johnson is a business of Tobii Dynavox.

For more information, please visit www.tobiidynavox.com.

Contacts

Tobii Dynavox, North America
Grace Nah, 412-209-6633
Marketing
Director
grace.nah[@]tobiidynavox.com