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PODD Alternative Access (A4 Version)

A new version of Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) offering an alternative method of access. This software helps create a wide range of communication books to suit varying communication, language and sensory requirements.

Part NoProductPrice (ex VAT)Quantity
8720Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) Alternative Access (A4) USB£199.00

Full Product Description

These PODD Alternative Access templates are designed for individuals who:

  • have physical challenges directly pointing to sufficient symbols to meet their communication and language requirements
  • can see the picture symbols and manage the visual complexity of a whole page to locate the symbol they require.

Included in this resource are templates to make 22 different Alternative Access PODD communication books with a range of vocabulary and language complexity for individuals to use:

  • Direct eye-gaze access
  • Partner-assisted visual scanning access
  • Eye-gaze plus partner-assisted visual scanning combination access
  • Direct pointing plus partner-assisted visual scanning combination access
  • Colour coded column plus partner-assisted visual scanning access
  • Coded access

Included in the folders for each communication book are:

  • A detailed Information file describing the target population, access options, language, page layout, navigation, optional pages and page bypage customisation for that PODD communication book.
  • Detailed Construction files providing step-by-step instructions to select materials, print and construct that PODD communication book.
  • A folder including Boardmaker® templates for all the pages and page options to make that PODD communication book. These generic templates are opened, customised and printed using Boardmaker 6 (not included).
  • Videos to demonstrate the operational procedures for using each access method. Video examples of direct and full models using a range of alternative methods are also included.
  • The book, Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) communication books by Gayle Porter (2017), in pdf file format.

System requirements:

  • Boardmaker 6 - for printing and customising the templates.
  • Adobe Reader.
  • USB.


Requires Boardmaker v5 or v6.

Requires Adobe Reader.

How to use PODD templates with Boardmaker Studio.

For Boardmaker Studio, there is an option Project from Boardmaker Import that will automatically extract the boards files you have downloaded from the PODD CDs so they become part of the Studio program. Note: If you have another Boardmaker program, the steps will be different.

To import a group of boards into Studio, follow these steps:

- Open Studio on your computer.
- Open a new or existing project.
- From the Studio File menu, select New.
- Select the Studio File menu again and select Project from Boardmaker Import.
- Browse on your computer to the location the boards were downloaded and select the boards you want to import.
- Select the Open button. The Browse Import Setup dialog will open.
- Select Import. You may get some warnings if the board(s) require any conversion to be used with Studio.

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