Through his work on the board of directors of AchieveKids, a non-profit that runs schools for the most behaviorally challenged autistic and developmentally disabled kids, Phil Bookman saw a need for a sturdy, economical, portable communications device that helps non-verbal children communicate. This led Phil to team up with tech guru Lenny Greenberg, and they started an assistive technology company, Assistyx. After a year of development, we at Assistyx have just released our first product, TapToTalk (www.taptotalk.com).
TapToTalk gives a non-verbal child a voice with the tap of a picture. It turns a handheld Nintendo DSi or DS Lite into an economical augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device.
If you know anyone who works with kids with speech problems regardless of cause--autism, developmental disability, mental retardation, Down syndrome, and many diseases--please let them know about TapToTalk. And, of course, we want to let families of these kids know about this option.
The TapToTalk Team