AAC is a term used to describe a broad range of communicative behaviors and methods which support and enhance speech attempts of people who are unable to talk. AAC includes methods ranging from simple techniques to complicated devices that are assistive technology (AT).
National Resource Centre for AAC or Roshni displays and demonstrates all AAC and AT resources developed in India and standard devices commercially available for users, parents, trainees and professionals. It caters to the users with complex communication needs and loco-motor impairment such as stroke patients, brain and spinal injury patients, throat cancer patients, persons with autism, aphasia, learning problems and multiple disabilities. The key strength of Roshni is a very strong team of professionals and pro-active AAC users. Roshni has a strong research base, with software developers and designers dedicated to the cause and experienced AAC users who are involved at every stage of development. It has strong links with national and international technical institutes and universities. Roshni has worked with IIT, Kharagpur (one of the premier technical institute of India) for collaborative research and development.
Assessment of individual needs
Providing customized solutions with help of low-tech and hi-tech resources for users with technological support
Training for the professionals, users and families. We also disseminate a range of resource material in Hindi, English and Bengali, developed by IICP. We provide tailor-made need-based training for the target groups.
Providing solutions for inclusion in school and workplace (for users, schools and employers)
Research and development of low-tech and hi-tech resources in the form of Various Multimedia software, Alternative access options, Communication hardware, Voice Output Devices, Training and Teaching Material(Free downloadable demos of multimedia software and easy to use resource material are available on the web).
Field-testing of devices and software with suggestions for modifications
Using Android App to communicate.
Using android phone to communicate.
A range of communication displays in print. These are displays for daily needs, general social conversation, specific need based conversation, chat books, communication dictionaries, topic based displays and spell boards etc. to satisfy needs of users to provide customized solutions.
A range of material for language development and participation in classroom for young users. These are books of rhymes, story-books, reading kit etc.
A 16 message (64 messages in version II) VOCA can be used by picture / picture word / text users at any level for social communication, lectures and classroom participation.
Battery-run toys adapted to be operated with switches are also available. Use and training in Software – hardware systems – apps and software.
Tabs with special app .