|SPEAK MODalities, a Purdue University Speech Language and Hearing Sciences partner, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant by the Fort Wayne based AWS Foundation to advance a technology that has shown promise in facilitating communication and language development for children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.
The funding will be used to focus on distribution in the Northeast Indiana region of the SPEAKall! © and SPEAKmore! © apps, developed at Purdue University, that have helped more than 30,000 youngsters diagnosed with minimally-verbal autism. The SPEAKall! App is used by seven leading augmentative and alternative communication centers and 16 speech and language clinics across the world.
The app has received numerous awards including being recently named to the R&D Top 100, an award that recognizes the best new technology innovations from the past year. SPEAK MODalities also received the 2015 Best of Education Tech Mira Award from the Indiana TechPoint initiative and placed second in the 2015 Purdue InnovateHER competition.
The SPEAKall! and SPEAKmore! technologies are patented and licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. SPEAK MODalities receives entrepreneurial assistance through the Purdue Foundry, a startup support center based in Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.