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ClaroCom Pro Communication App Review

Consider this AAC app for students with multiple disabilities who are approaching transition.

As many of my students with visual impairments and additional disabilities approach transition, I have really taken it upon myself to find AAC apps that would be appropriate for students approaching transition with quite a bit of functional vision and use a multi-modal communication system.

The most recent one I tried out is appropriate for students who can read and type short passages of text.

Screenshot of CaroCom Pro main navigation page with the following categories: All, Favorites, History, My Phrases, General Phrases, Banking, coffee Shop, Contacts, Education, Entertainment, Home, and Hygiene.

ClaroCom Pro gives the user the ability to choose from a list of pre-made themed communication boards with automated phrases in each board. Each pre-made board comes with option to add common, personal  language to each themed board with word a prediction feature so users can learn new words as they use the app.

Keep scrolling to see a sample of how the default themed boards look:

(Image: Screenshot of the Education board)

Screenshot of Education board with questions such as,

(Image: Screenshot of the technology themed board)

Screenshot of the technology board with questions such as, Can I buy this device? Can I hire this device? Can you install the update? Charge it overnight please, etc.

(Image of the home themed board)

screenshot of the Home board with questions such as: Can you get me ___? What time is dinner? What time is tea? Can you reach that for me? etc.

 Accessibility

Vision/Motor

ClaroCom Pro is accessible to users with quite a bit of functional vision who require some magnification. ClaroCom will enlarge the text by pushing the thumb and index finger away from each other on screen.

This could be problematic if the user has motor challenges. The Assistive Touch feature would be worth experimenting if it’s appropriate for the user. 

Sensory

ClaroCom Pro has a built in voice output feature for almost all input typing opportunities. However, there are some parts where that feature isn’t accessible and using Voice Over would probably overwhelm a user with the built- in voice output feature. 

By Julie Johnson

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