Built to meet your changing needs
Alpha Core offers a range of ways to help you communicate as your physical abilities change – with quick access to prediction and phrases, alongside a keyboard of your choice.
Who is Alpha Core for?
- Seven different keyboard layouts
- Supports people with changing physical needs
- Rapid sentence building
- Quick access to phrases and useful topics
- Easy to edit and personalise
- Simple to use accessible apps
- Suitable for all access methods
- Available on Windows and iPad
- Based on 20+ years clinical experience in ALS
- Paper-based version available
Choose a keyboard to suit your needs
There are seven different keyboard layouts to choose from. Each keyboard gives you quick access to everything you need, pre-stored topic words and phrases, prediction and chat history to speed up your rate of communication.
You’ll find different keyboards suited to different access methods from the QWERTY standard which is ideal for touchscreen users, to the frequency scanning keyboard optimised for switch users or a 2-Hit keyboard for people who have difficulty hitting smaller targets. You can read more about the different keyboards and who they’re for in our Getting Started guide.
Core Word keyboard
The Core Word keyboard provides you with the most commonly used words alongside a QWERTY keyboard, where you can spell out words that aren’t listed. They are arranged alphabetically and grouped by colour to make them easier to find.
AEIOU Large Cell keyboard
Useful topics and readymade phrases
You’ll find a wide range of pre-stored phrases organised by topics, covering everyday topics such as greetings and household requests, as well as topics that are relevant to people with physical difficulties, such as comfort and positioning or diet and eating strategies.
There’s also an emphasis on general and medical needs. This vocabulary is easily personalised, as you can add your own words and phrases, and quickly remove those that aren’t relevant to you.
Browsing the web
The Alpha Core web browser allows you to access the internet and browse content with easy access controls.
Photos & Camera
The Photos & Camera grid lets you take pictures in Alpha Core with any camera attached to your device as well as access quick chat phrases.
Created by Amy Roman (MS, CCC-SLP)
Alpha Core was developed by Speech and Language Pathologist Amy Roman, and is based on over 20 years of clinical Experience in the field of ALS. She has spent many years adapting communication solutions for people with ALS and other conditions that impact speech.
Alpha Core was built with the input of adults with ALS, their families and therapists.
Download a printable two-sided communication board, which can be used by itself or alongside the Alpha Core vocabulary.
The first grid (side one of the communication board) contains core words and a qwerty keyboard.
This is ideal for users who have good touch access. The second grid (side two of the board) provides an AEIOU keyboard, ideal for partner assisted scanning
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