Will cheap be cheerful for those who need AAC?

Sally McKeown has a stimulating blog called Sal says. In her latest posting “Will cheap be cheerful for those who need communication aids?” she writes about the trend towards using mainstream devices such as iPads and Android tablets for AAC. Sally comments: “Good news you might think. The trouble is that the users need support, training for themselves and their carers, robust devices which will bounce off pavements and ongoing research and development to make the next generation of communication aids the best that they can be. Buying a tablet online and downloading an app does not even begin to address these problems.”