[Athen] iCommunicator alternative

Catalina Colaci ccolaci at yukoncollege.yk.ca
Fri Jun 24 13:30:37 PDT 2011

Sorry for the late input -trying to catch up with the listservs-

For classroom use you might consider Liberated Learning
http://liberatedlearning.com/ though might not work very well in a
highly interactive class (I think it would be good in a lecture type of

An additional advantage of Liberated Learning is the possibility of
making the script/notes available to the whole class -placing them in
the course website, etc.

I hope this will help. Have a nice day

Catalina Colaci
Learning Assistance Centre & Support Services for Students with
500 College Drive, PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5K4 Canada

t 867.668.8785 f 867.668.8814 www.yukoncollege.yk.ca

start here. go anywhere.


From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Heidi
Sent: June 17, 2011 12:22 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] iCommunicator


When you ask if iCommunicator might be an option for the student - my
first thoughts are "What are you trying to accommodate?" and "What
accommodations has she used previously?"

If use of the ALD doesn't provide her with sufficient communication
access in the classroom, then educational transcription
(TypeWell/CPrint/CART) might be better alternative. Especially
considering she is a graduate student.

Does the student know and use ASL? Is her first language ASL? For
classroom access, the iCommunicator would need to be trained by each
instructor in order for it to be useful. (Think of Dragon Naturally
Speaking and multiple users.) Also, iCommunicator does NOT provide ASL.
Is the student wanting interpreting services? A remote interpreter
would provide better communication access than iCommunicator.

If you're considering it for 1-on-1 communication, the UbiDuo might be a
better alternative. We've had students who simply used WordPad on their
laptops (even Netbooks) for brief conversations.


Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
Associate Director
Center for Educational Access
University of Arkansas
ARKU 104
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.575.7445 fax
479.575.3646 tdd

On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM, Lavey,Shannon <
Shannon.Lavey at colostate.edu> wrote:


Does anyone have experience working with iCommunicator? I will be
working with an occupational therapy graduate student who is hearing
impaired. She will be starting classes this fall semester and she plans
to use her FM System and a paid note-taker for lectures. I was curious
if iCommunicator might be an option for her, but have never used it.
Thank you for your help.


Shannon K. Lavey, MS, OT

Student Coordinator, Assistive Technology Resource Center

307 Occupational Therapy Building

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO 80523


shannon.lavey at colostate.edu <mailto:mcroll at cahs.colostate.edu>


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