Please comment if you have tried either of these options and have good information about pros and cons. These new options are interesting and although I have not tried any of them yet I am hopeful that such options will result in getting a device into the hands of more children who need a device to support communication. It is also possible that when the software is created for devices that we are already familiar with like the iPhone, it may be easier for families to learn how to use the application. For older children, using an iPhone has a certain Cool appeal that is attractive.
Here are some more links sent by Liz Diz:
I wanted to add a few more iPhone apps for your readers to check out. Some of the links lead to reviews and some to developers' pages.
I don't think there's "one ring to rule them all" -- one app that is perfect for everyone.
There's a blog covering Apple products and disability, ATMac, http://atmac.org/
ATMac covers all Apple products with a slant towards disability. We have an interest in users with a disability, adaptive and assistive technology, and making accessible programs and content
Go look at:
http://www.converseapp.com/, iConverse, a really simple AAC.
For those with hearing impairments, check out http://www.apptism.com/apps/
There's a ASL tutor app: http://idev2.com/iSign/iSign.
The "time timer" is a tool a lot of us use. Now there's an iPhone app version: http://www.appstorehq.com/
Grembe also makes iReward: http://www.grembe.com/home/