CoughDrop Opens Web-Based, Team-Focused AAC App to Public Beta

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CoughDrop launches the free beta release of their new AAC app for individuals with complex communication needs. The cross-platform, web-based app functions as a traditional speech device, but also introduces new features to improve communication effectiveness over time.

CoughDrop has a lot of features people aren’t used to seeing in an AAC app.

CoughDrop (mycoughdrop.com) launched today the beta release of their new augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app, and opened free sign-ups to better serve individuals with autism, ALS, cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome, and other conditions resulting in complex communication needs. CoughDrop offers a new cloud-based approach to AAC based on the interoperability of the open web. CoughDrop provides a more data-driven, collaboration-based form of augmentative communication than has previously been available.

“We’re excited to provide CoughDrop as a new alternative to many of the difficult, outdated systems currently available,” said Brian Whitmer, founder of CoughDrop. “CoughDrop has a lot of features people aren’t used to seeing in an AAC app, like detailed reports and team communication tools. We hope this free beta period gives people time to try out the application and see if it will work for them, while also providing us with more feedback on ways to improve the app.”

CoughDrop was created with participation from over 30 therapists and specialists from across the county. The app addresses many of the frustrations people have with existing systems, including difficult editing interfaces, poor data visibility and limited sharing options. “The other day our speech therapist suggested we build a new topic-specific board for our daughter,” Whitmer recounts. “The easiest way for us to incorporate her suggestion would have been to take a snapshot of her example and then program it by hand into our daughter’s device once back at home. That’s just crazy.”

The CoughDrop app is web-based and boards can be shared publicly for easy reuse. The app runs on most modern devices including laptops and tablets. Board configurations stay in sync across devices, so therapists and caregivers can personalize or update vocabulary without having to take away the communicator’s device. The editing interface is designed with an emphasis on usability and sharing. In addition, CoughDrop offers optional logging and detailed reports on an individual’s communication over time, and allows linking supervisors to a user’s account for easy access to reports and cross-team communication.

The beta period will last at least three months, after which CoughDrop will be available through competitively priced long-term purchasing and monthly subscription options. CoughDrop will also work closely with school districts and other programs to provide group purchasing. More information is available at the company’s web site, mycoughdrop.com.

About CoughDrop
CoughDrop is a new, modern AAC app written for today’s users. It embraces the web to provide simpler management of vocabularies, better reporting and insights on communication over time, and more robust tools to facilitate the full team in supporting communicators. CoughDrop runs on most modern devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and even unlocked speech devices. Learn more at mycoughdrop.com.

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