K Computer Science Grad Develops iPad App for Non-Verbal Children

Drew McKinney ’05 has teamed up with his cousin to develop an iPad application that helps children who cannot speak. SpeechHero uses 6,000 recognizable symbols and vocal utterances, breaking them down into common vocabulary words and phrases that children can choose by clicking on associated symbols, which are often easier for children to decipher than words. Drew earned his B.A degree in Computer Science at K before studying Informatics and Human Computer Interaction and earning a M.A. degree from Indiana University in 2010.

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