Devices aid people with speech disabilities.

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Featuring InterAACT language framework, V and Vmax systems support day-to-day communication, as well as language and literary skill use and development. User Setup Wizard enables customization of preloaded communication page sets, while word and phrase prediction maximize rate of communication. With drag-n-drop editing, users can select images, sounds, and video from Internet, computer, or external drive, and assign them to pages or buttons.



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DynaVox Technologies Unveils the V and Vmax with InterAACT Communication, Computing, and Support Easier than Ever Before



PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24 /-- DynaVox Technologies today announced the release of the DynaVox V and Vmax speech-generating devices at the Assistive Technology Industry Association's annual conference in Orlando, FL (booths 701 and 1001). Featuring the new InterAACT language framework, the V and Vmax provide individuals of all ages and abilities challenged by significant speech disabilities a system that supports successful and efficient day-to-day communication, as well as language and literacy skill use and development.

The new V and Vmax give speech-language professionals valuable tools that allow them to spend more time helping their clients develop critical communication skills, while presenting augmented communicators with an array of features that make it easy to communicate and be understood in person, by phone or e-mail, or via text messaging.

Features include:
o InterAACT, a clinical research-based language framework that provides ready-made vocabularies for emergent, situational and creative communicators.
o AT&T Natural Voices deliver natural sounding speech-output that is easily understood by listeners.
o Increased audio output and forward firing speakers increase intelligibility in environments with high ambient noise levels.
o Word and phrase prediction, "slots" and "quickfires" enhance rate of communication.
o Drag-n-Drop editing makes it easy to select images, sounds and video from the Internet, a computer or external drive and assign them to pages or buttons.
o User Setup Wizard enables quick customization of preloaded communication page sets.
o Mayer-Johnson's popular Boardmaker(TM) and Speaking Dynamically Pro(R), included on each device, provide a familiar operating environment on a new platform.
o Text messaging capabilities available with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones (purchased separately).
o Send e-mail and text messages from within the Series 5 communication software, or via popular programs such as Microsoft Outlook or Messenger.
o Open architecture allows users to run any Windows XP-compatible software.

With these new features, speech-language professionals will spend less time managing and developing vocabulary, and end users will have a fully integrated device that provides powerful communication and computing.

"The DynaVox V and Vmax, along with InterAACT, are the results of extensive collaboration with speech-language pathologists, augmented communicators and AAC researchers," said Jim Shea, vice president of Marketing at DynaVox. "This collaboration has allowed us to deliver a revolutionary product line that meets the needs of individuals with significant speech disabilities and their care teams in new and exciting ways."

Henry Evans, a stroke survivor, father of four children ranging in age from 10 - 18 and an early DynaVox V user, said, "The world should know the DynaVox V is the best tool for speech I have found, and I have done a lot of looking."

More information on DynaVox Technologies' speech-output solutions is available at www.dynavoxtech.com.

More information on DynaVox Technologies' V and Vmax, as well as InterAACT, is available at dynavoxv.com.

About DynaVox Technologies
DynaVox Systems LLC applies proprietary and third-party technologies, and applied research efforts to deliver a broad range of augmentative communications tools to improve the quality of life for adults and children with severe speech disabilities caused by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease), stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's Disease, autism and mental retardation. The Company offers a wide range of software and hardware technology, along with an extensive customer support program, which enables individuals and their families to access state- of-the-art technology and reimbursement counsel regarding the Company's suite of products.

CONTACT: Joanne Kaufmann, of DynaVox Technologies, +1-412-222-7952, or joanne.kaufmann@dynavoxtech.com

Web site: dynavoxsystems.com/ http://dynavoxv.com/

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