We don’t want to limit who has access to something as important as augmentative communication.
(PRWEB) July 10, 2015
CoughDrop (mycoughdrop.com) announced today a flexible pricing plan to better support the needs of families and individuals using AAC. CoughDrop is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app built to aid communication for individuals with autism, ALS, cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome and other conditions resulting in complex communication needs. CoughDrop can now be purchased either as a monthly or long-term subscription, whichever is preferred for the individual's situation.
“Traditionally AAC apps and systems had to be purchased for a large up-front fee,” explains Brian Whitmer, founder of CoughDrop. “Some apps also offer a restricted lite version or a one-month trial for simple testing. Unfortunately, none of these options give enough time and access to know for sure if the AAC app is working well.” CoughDrop subscriptions can be purchased for a small month-to-month fee to allow for more extensive testing before making a longer-term investment in the app. Users can switch to a discounted long-term purchase when it makes sense for them.
In addition to the two subscription types, CoughDrop is being priced with a "pay-what-you-can” tiered strategy. Multiple price points ranging from $3-10 per month and $150-300 for five years are available depending on the individual's situation and needs. “We don’t want to limit who has access to something as important as augmentative communication,” says Whitmer. “So we’re making it possible for those who have the means to donate and subsidize subscriptions for families who are more in need.”
CoughDrop subscriptions are priced per-communicator, which means that parents, therapists, teachers and caregivers can all sign up for free accounts that will be used to support the communicator. The support team can then benefit from detailed reporting and messaging tools built into CoughDrop that help everyone stay informed and aligned, which can result in better AAC implementations.
Subscriptions can also be purchased as gifts, or purchased by organizations such as schools or hospitals on behalf of communicators they support. Whitmer explains, "the goal is to eliminate price as the single greatest barrier to adopting something as potentially life-changing as AAC."
CoughDrop is a new, modern AAC app written for today’s users and their support team. 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.