Victor Pauca is an energetic 5-year-old boy with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome. He used to need an expensive piece of equipment to help him communicate with his family. Now he uses a specially designed app called Verbal Victor. That app was lovingly designed for him by his Father and some his Dad's software engineering students.
Through a series of "buttons" made up of familiar voices and sounds, Victor can tell you what he wants to do by touching a picture on an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad. The buttons can be customized with new voices and images.
"If he's able to tell you what he wants -- and it can be as simple as a choice of foods -- it really opens up a world for him and for us," Paul said.
The success of the app at home has Dad thinking of new applications for the software. He is looking into modifying the program to help children with autism and adults with Parkinson's Disease.
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