Assistive Technology (AT) is the umbrella term that covers any piece of equipment, device, or software application that can be used to enhance  someone’s ability to perform their day-to-day functions, whether that be walking, reading, or communicating.

The term applies to the elderly as well as persons with disabilities.

Assistive technology devices can be as complex as a software application that translates a person’s eye movement into speech or as simple as a pencil grip to help a young student hold their pencil.

 

Assistive Technology vs Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a specific branch of Assistive Technology (AT), focusing on communication.

AAC tools can then be broken down further.  You may need different tools and techniques for persons who are verbal versus those who are nonverbal.  Different situations and disabilities require different techniques and devices.

Since communication and verbal speech is so important for a person to develop skills, AAC services are often provided to children and young adults, to maximize their success later in life.  A Speech Language Pathologist is often called in to asses the child or student’s situation and recommend either an AAC device or AAC techniques that can be used to improve that child’s life.

How Does The Nika Project Support AAC?

The Nika Project gathers assistive technology devices, either high tech or low tech, through donations from the community.

In the case of high tech devices, such as mobile iPads, iPhones, Android devices, etc., we wipe them completely, and then refurbish them with known AAC applications.

Once they’re ready, we distribute them to schools in need of AAC services, both locally and globally, and empower the teachers to enhance the communication and education for their students.

If you would like to donate your used low tech or mobile devices, please check out our Donate Assistive Technology form.

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We are very pleased to announce that David Goldberg from Global AAC has joined The Nika Project’s board!

David Goldberg, Board Member

David has worked in the AAC/AT field since 1988, first representing 25 manufacturers through Health Science, and then as an employee with Tobii Dynavox. His passion has been to provide solutions for people with severe communication disorders including autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, Rett Syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, ALS, MS, other MNDs. He earned his BA in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo, a BS from City College, and an MS from NYU Polytechnic University of NY. He is a certified ATP – Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA.

We are very excited to have David’s experience and passion on our board as we continue growing into 2019 and beyond!

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The Nika Project is so honored to be publicly recognized in several Nigerian news outlets for our work towards supporting Aisha Buhari’s efforts at Future Assured to improve special education throughout Nigeria.  Here are a couple

Special Children Deserve Modern Care – Aisha Buhari – PRNigeria News

Special Children deserve Modern Care-Aisha Buhari Wife of the President has called on caregivers to use modern methods to raise children with special needs.

https://prnigeria.com/2018/06/20/special-children-modern-aisha-buhari/

Aisha Buhari to caregivers: Use modern methods to raise children with special needs

Buhari made the call during the commencement of a one-week training programme for teachers, health workers and caregivers of children with special needs at the FCT School for Handicapped Children, Kuje, Abuja on Tuesday.

https://theeagleonline.com.ng/aisha-buhari-to-caregivers-use-modern-methods-to-raise-children-with-special-needs/

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The Future Assured organization in Nigeria recently featured The Nika Project in a short AAC documentary.

Future Assured is an initiative founded by Aisha Buhari, the wife of Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria.

We are so honored to have so much support in Nigeria as we help the team Aisha Buhari’s team build a template for special needs schools in the area.  We can’t wait to revisit in February 2019 to build the first assistive technology resource program.

If you are interested in donating your time and joining Nika, let us know!

Check out Dan Phillips and Cindy Evans below in this short 5 minute excerpt from the AAC documentary:

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