Unity: Operations and Programming for Accent with Empower

This one-hour live online product training reviews the basic operations and programming for Unity on an Accent 800, 1000, or 1400 with Empower software. Participants will learn how to select a vocabulary, set an access method, choose a voice, adjust settings, edit a button, save those customizations, and set restrictions. In addition, searching for words with Word Finder and temporarily limiting vocabulary using Vocabulary Builder will be demonstrated. All demonstrations will be done using Unity 1-hit and Sequenced. The training will conclude with an overview of resources available from PRC.

Hands-on practice is encouraged throughout the class, but is not essential for participation. If you plan to follow along, please have the most recent software version of Empower running on your Accent device.

Please note if you need to learn about Unity, attend Unity: Vocabulary Review and Practice.


Thu, Jun 13, 2019
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Eastern Standard Time


Unity Operate And Program For Accent With Empower

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This class is taught in Eastern Standard Time

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. select a vocabulary, access method and voice
  2. customize the device to meet an individual's needs
  3. save the device customizations
  4. set restrictions
  5. list available resources and support materials


5 minutes - Introduction
5 minutes - Overview of Empower Software
10 minutes - Basic Setup: Selecting a vocabulary, access method and voice
10 minutes - Additional Adjustments in the Toolbox: Editing a pronunciation, changing text size, adjusting feedback, and selecting vocabulary settings and preferences
10 minutes - customizing Unity 1-hit: Editing a button and using Vocabulary Builder
10 minutes - Customizing Unity Sequenced: Editing a button and using Word Finder and Vocabulary Builder
5 minutes - Exporting a Vocabulary and Setting Restrictions
5 minutes - Resources, Summary and Questions

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Kara Bidstrup, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kara is manager of training services for the Prentke Romich Company. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Speech Pathology at Northern Arizona University. In addition, she completed an AAC endorsement from San Francisco State University. Since receiving her Masters, Kara has specialized in the field of assistive technology and augmentative/alternative communication serving both children and adults who use speech generating devices and other assistive technology.  At this time, Kara is responsible for creating and presenting AAC product training and implementation classes for both use online and in person. 

Kara holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Kara is also a member of the ASHA SIG 12 (AAC division) and a member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

Financial: Kara Bidstrup is a salaried employee of the Prentke Romich Company.

Nonfinancial: Kara Bidstrup is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company, is a member of ASHA, ASHA Special Interest Group 12 (AAC SIG) and International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).


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Submission Deadlines

Live online classes:  Participants wanting ASHA CEUs must be registered, "join" the class through his/her unique confirmation email letter, participate for the entire duration of the class, and pass a post-test with 80% accuracy or higher. No partial credits will be submitted. Participants have 15 days to submit all ASHA paperwork to PRC. ASHA paperwork received after 15 days will not be accepted.

In-person classes:  All ASHA paperwork must be submitted to the presenter by the end of the training day.

ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days. In addition, if there is a registration fee associated with the class and payment is not received, PRC will not submit your request for ASHA CEUs.

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 ext. 8591 for CE Registry fee subscription information:

PRC-Saltillo licenses a patented technology that is in PRC-Saltillo products trademarked as Accent®, ChatFusion™, NovaChat®, PRiO®, TouchChat®, TouchChat® Express, Look™, NuEye®, and NuPoint®, as well as software (CoreScanner™, Essence®,  VocabPC™, MultiChat15, UNIDAD®, Unity®, WordPower™, LAMP Words for Life®, LAMP Words for Life® - Spanish/English, LAMP Words for Life® - VI, TouchChat® app), and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC-Saltillo also has registered five websites,,,,, and Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products/softwares/websites.

PRC presentations will focus exclusively on Accent, PRiO, NuEye, Look, NuPoint, Unity, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, LAMP Words for Life - Sp/En, LAMP Words for Life - VI,  CoreScanner, Essence, WordPower, Explore AAC, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.

Saltillo presentations will focus exclusively on ChatFusion, NovaChat, TouchChat, VocabPC, MultiChat15, WordPower, TouchChat app, Explore AAC, or TouchChat website.

WordPower is a trademark of Inman Innovations, Inc; © 2001-2019; All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of PRC-Saltillo. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.



This course is offered for ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

GotoTraining System Requirements

To test your connection from a computer or mobile device before your training:

  • Click on this link,  This is a TEST ONLY.
  • You will see a dialogue box says "GoToMeeting - CONNECTION TEST ONLY."  If you get this dialogue box you will be able to successfully access the class on the date of your class.
  • Close the dialogue box.

To join the actual class, click on the "JOIN" button in your confirmation email on the specific date of your class.

For PC-Based Organizers and Attendees

  • Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 (Linux is not supported)
  • Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, or Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer, or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled). If needed, download Java here.
  • Recommended: Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista)

For Mac-Based Organizers and Attendees

  • Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®), OS X 10.5 (Leopard®), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)
  • Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, or Firefox 3.0 or newer; Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled)
  • Required: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor, 512 MB of RAM or better recommended

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