Even newer: See the Touch and go Speak FAQ
NEW: Touch and Go - Speak for Android.
I am proud to announce that a version of touch-and-go with the picture exchange and voice synthesis is available on the android market. Please see https://market.android.com/details?id=org.touchandgo.speak&feature=search_result to download and install.
Please follow this link to find out more.
What is Touch and Go?
Touch And Go is a Windows and Android program designed for children with special needs.
Touch and Go.
It is based on the following principles:
Simple. Replace the default Windows desktop with a full screen - one touch activated - friendly application. The buttons are big with clear text and images. There are no popups, options or other clutter to interrupt the user experience.
Tablet: Specifically Touch-And-Go it's designed to run on touchscreen tablet PCs.
Assisted: By design the user interface is clear and uncluttered. There are no fancy options and no dialogues to navigate.
Reinforcing: By behaving as it should and responding to your child's touches the software will reinforce the use of technology as an everyday tool.
Software: The Touch-And-Go program has 4 key features.
Media Player (Windows Only): This is an icon based list of the movies available to play on the computer. Touching an icon starts the movie playing.
Program Runner (Windows Only): This is an icon based list of the movies available to play on the computer. Touching an icon starts the movie playing.
Speech (Windows and Android): This is a version of Picture Exchange that allows children who are non verbal or have difficulty expressing themselves to construct sentences from pictures. Integration with eSpeak allows Touch-And-Go to actually "say" the sentence out loud.
Visual Schedules (Windows Only): Visual schedules and social stories can be configured here. The child can then view the schedule or story as a list of icons and can navigate from step to step easily.
Touch and Go for Parents.
This windows release has a separate application for parents for configuring the kids. All aspects of the kids apps can be configured, icons, text and certain applications options.
See more about the parents app here.
For those of you who care about such things, the windows app was developed using the excellent Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Android using the equally excellent Eclipse