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An issue has been identified that is preventing Empower software from loading on Accent devices. Read more for detailed instructions for how to fix your device. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Enjoy An Accessible Digital Life

Posted Aug 21, 2023 - 10:15am

Empower® software update 1.20 arrived with something special for new generation Accent® 1400 devices.  

Join-In the fun of YouTube™, TikTok™, and WhatsApp 

PRC-Saltillo partnered with D-Bur, the creator of Join-In web apps, to bring you more ways to engage in life and meaningful conversations. Stay connected to the world around you with the first set of Join-In web apps for YouTube, TikTok, and WhatsApp and never miss another inspiring TED Talk, grumpy cat video, or gaming group message again. 

Simple & seamless apps for digital accessibility 

Join-In web apps make social media more accessible so you can digitally connect with friends and family whether they live down the street or across the country.  

  • Large buttons for easy use 
  • Simple navigation 
  • Consistent screen design makes all apps simple to learn
  • Multiple access methods - touch, head tracking, eye tracking, and scanning  

Join-In apps are customizable. Each app has an editor function so you can place buttons used most on the home page. Enjoy Join-In apps while using your AAC device for other purposes. For example, you can minimize the YouTube app and keep music (preferably Taylor Swift or Harry Styles, but you can decide) playing in the background. 

Enroll in the free course on AAC Learning Journey for a general overview of the Join-In browser.

Experience Join-In web apps on Accent 1400 devices 

Join-In apps are available on every new Accent 1400 device shipped on or after May 1, 2023 and using Empower software with the purchase of the Integrated Feature Pack for $15. Once your device is set up for Join-In app capability, start experiencing YouTube, TikTok, or WhatsApp with Join-In apps by going to Menu > Toolbox > Applications > Web Apps. You can also create shortcuts from your AAC vocabulary to your favorite apps. 

Watch the video to learn more. 

"Participating in online spaces is such a big part of how we connect with our friends and family, and also the world around us,” said Tim Evans, Product Manager, Accent Products. “Your AAC device can serve as an invaluable lifeline in all types of social spaces. Join-In apps make it that much easier to explore what matters to you and be a part of the conversation." 

Join-In apps make culture, creativity, and connection even more accessible, and we’re excited for you to join in the fun. Watch for more opportunities from Join-In with future software updates. 

Additional features for Empower 1.20 

Here are the additional features and fixes with the latest Empower update including a privacy mode button action to cover up your message window.



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