TBox Apps wins design award for augmentative communication iPad apps

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At the NCPEDP - Mphasis Universal Design Award on Saturday, TBox Apps were recognised for the development of their new alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) applications for the iPad.

TBox Apps (Therapy Box) and design partner UniqMove collected an award in the Companies and Organisations Category yesterday at the NCPEDP - MphasiS Universal Design Awards 2011 in New Delhi, India. The awards were presented at the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), in association with AccessAbility and BarrierBreak Technologies.

The NCPEDP - MphasiS Universal Design Awards were instituted to recognise and acknowledge organisations and individuals who are playing a pivotal role in making life more accessible for people with disabilities. The awards, which emphasise the need for universal accessibility, also aim to create examples and inspiration for other organisations and individuals alike.

TBox Apps Director, Rebecca Bright was thrilled for their work to be recognised, “Winning an award for our apps really gave us a boost of confidence – we know what we do matters, we’ve been told so by many of the clients with communications difficulties that we cater to. It’s great that this has been recognised formally.”

TBox Apps, working with UniqMove, create applications for the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone which aim to meet the needs of individuals with a range of communication disabilities. While previously such aids have been designated sole-purpose devices which are expensive, these TBox Apps applications together with the use of cool Apple products, mean that people with communication disabilities can use mainstream and more affordable technology.

Predictable is the first application from TBox Apps and it offers a sophisticated word prediction engine with voice output that enables people with motor neurone disease, cerebral palsy or other communication disabilities to chat more easily with their families and in the wider community. By offering features such as switch accessibility, integration with facebook and email, people with these communication disabilities can more easily stay connected.

Scene & Heard, another application from TBox Apps, takes a visual scene display approach to augmentative communication. It is a multilingual capable app where teachers, parents or therapists create interactive communication scenes that can speak a message, play a video or link to a new scene. It is all supported by Widgit symbols. Visual scene displays are essential for supporting new communication aid users in their early communication and learning.

About Therapy Box and TBox Apps:
Therapy Box, a UK based communication technology company opened its doors in 2008, with an aim to provide creative, cool and affordable alternative and augmentative communication solutions. Founders Rebecca Bright and Swapnil Gadgil bring over a decade of experience and evidence to delivering creative, cool and affordable AAC tools. Joining expertise as a speech and language therapist with an extensive background in the communications technology industry is the power behind TBoxApps solutions.

About UniqMove
UniqMove set up in 2005 and are based in Indore, India. The work in this field (assistive technology) has been a new venture with TBox Apps. UniqMove’s team headed by Gaurav Rathi have worked with TBox Apps to develop the User Interface for their applications.

For more on the NCPEDP - MphasiS Universal Design Awards go to http://www.dnis.org. For media enquiries: Rebecca Bright, TBox Apps – [contact +44 (0) 208] TBox Apps – [http://www.tboxapps.com


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