DynaVox Introduces Tablet and Cloud-Based Solutions to Empower Australian Children and Adults With Communication Challenges

PITTSBURGH, May 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DynaVox Systems, LLC, the leading provider of speech-generating solutions and symbol-adapted special education software that assists individuals with overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges, announces a full update to its products offered in Australia, including the launch of the DynaVox T10 tablet, DynaVox Compass software for the T10, the DynaVox Compass App for iPads and other tablets, and the PODD® pageset for all current versions of Compass. Released in the U.S. in September 2013, these products have set a new standard for augmentative communication solutions for individuals who struggle to communicate using speech due to conditions such as autism, ALS, stroke, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or traumatic brain injury.

The DynaVox T10 tablet is a purpose-built tablet specifically designed with technical and durability features above what is required from a general-purpose tablet in order to best serve users with a broad spectrum of physical and cognitive challenges. The DynaVox Compass communication software is the industry standard for augmentative communication software, building on DynaVox's proud legacy of proven, research-based, and clinician-developed communication content designed to help individuals grow, learn, and achieve their goals. The DynaVox Compass App offers similar powerful software for individuals seeking communication solutions on their own personal iPad or other general-purpose tablet device.

"No other software, for any platform, better supports those with communication challenges through all of the changes that life brings, whether those changes involve the excitement of first learning to express oneself through language or the difficult realities of coping with a degenerative neurological condition," said Bob Cunningham, Chief Strategy and Clinical Officer of DynaVox Systems, LLC. "DynaVox Compass provides clinically proven solutions for whatever journey you are on. We could not be more excited to bring those solutions to Australia."

Both the DynaVox T10 tablet and the DynaVox Compass App use the power of cloud computing, providing an individual and their entire support team the ability to work collaboratively to seamlessly share communication pages, find lesson plans, watch videos, read research reviews and share practical ideas for using their new DynaVox solution. In addition, users of these cloud services will have the piece of mind of knowing all their configuration settings, individual pagesets, files, etc. are stored in a secure, hardened, high-availability environment should their DynaVox or other tablet be lost, stolen or damaged, or otherwise need to be replaced.

DynaVox is also proud to announce the PODD pageset for DynaVox Compass. Created by Australian speech pathologist, Gayle Porter, PODD is a way of organizing whole word and symbol vocabulary to provide immersion and modeling as well as a means to express a range of messages in a variety of environments. PODD for DynaVox Compass provides multiple options to suit the communication, language, sensory and physical access requirements of different individuals. PODD is available for both the DynaVox T10 and the DynaVox Compass App, [and is fully supported by the aforementioned cloud services].

"PODD pagesets on the DynaVox software and devices have been developed with and used by children, teens, adults, their families, teachers, friends and therapists over the past 15 years," said Porter. "I am now really excited to partner with DynaVox to make some of PODD pagesets available on their new T10 and Compass App so that other people who want to use the total, integrated PODD system can more easily access it."

Spectronics, a reseller of DynaVox products, will promote, sell, and distribute the DynaVox T10 in Australia. Spectronics will be debuting the DynaVox T10, featuring DynaVox Compass, at their Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2014, May 20th through May 23rd, 2014.

About DynaVox Systems, LLC

DynaVox Systems, LLC, is the leading provider of speech generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software used to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges. These solutions are designed to help individuals who have complex communication and learning needs participate in the home, classroom and community. Our mission is to enable our customers to realize their full communication and education potential by developing industry-leading devices, software and content and by providing the services to support them. We assist individuals, families, and professionals with an extensive field support organization, as well as centralized technical and reimbursement support. For more information, visit www.dynavoxtech.com.

CONTACT: Robert Cunningham Chief Strategy and Clinical Officer 412-222-7877Source:DynaVox Inc.