New Improv: Breakthrough AAC Tool Powered by Co:Writer

The soon to be released Improv communication software from Don Johnston Inc., got a lot of attention at the Closing the Gap conference this year. Improv is text based communication software.  But because it uses the amazing prediction capability of Co:Writer, it is astonishingly intuitive and easy to use for both communicator and those who support the communicator

image of Improv communication software by DJIWe think that for many clients who can’t communicate verbally, Improv will prove to be a a great way to communicate while building literacy skills.  And really speed up and drive novel communication.

With Improv, your augmentative communicators won’t be limited to the words programmed in their devices or to the words they can spell. Because its powered by Co:Writer, there is no programming required for Improv.

Think about it.  Communication software that delivers without programming – what a boon to clinicians.

Users have the precise word or phrase available to them by just entering a few letters—whether it’s their favourite movie, restaurant, hobby, or current social studies topic. Even phonetic or inventive spellers can communicate with Co:Writer helping out. These supports help communicators transition into literacy-based communication. And as they communicate, Improv learns new vocabulary, phrases, and stories then auto-adapts to improve communication.

We hope to be able to show Improv at our upcoming Bridges LIVE! events in Ontario and Alberta. Improv should be shipping before Christmas, 2011.

Some of Improv’s Innovations:

Instant Topic Dictionaries:  Type any topic name and instantly have access to all of the vocabulary.  The topic generator developed and proven in Co:Writer pulls out necessary vocab in seconds.

Auto-learning:  Improv learns new words, phrases and stories, then auto-adapts to speed up communication

Saved Stories and Script: Quick access to stories used time and time again

Quick Chat:  Quick greetings, positive responses, negative responses, farewells

Phrase Prediction:  Typing “tra dow” will prompt phrases like “Let’s take the train downtown!”

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