Boardmaker was great years ago … and nothing much happened since. It is indeed outrageous to ask such a price to the people of the community of the handicapped and their helpers.
I'd recommend Metacom at least to the european customers. It is a lot cheaper and does the same tricks even better. The symbols are very comprehensive and to me much friendlier than BM.
It's shame BM is not being developed further and truly compatible with new OS's like Apple.
its great but not too many pics
its great I use it for counseling and its great but not enough pics for the software. and its too much money
wish was better
I am an interpreter for the Deaf and use this program in a pinch when trying to share signs. I prefer tons of other resources but either they are video (which I can't make a hard copy of), or they are books where I would have to copy tons of pages for one sign from that page.
Pro-can create sliides on one page; can create pictures of name signs
Cons-COST (gouging people who could actually use it); signs that are not correct
Please make sure signs are current and actually correct. ASL is a language and part of a culture. Many people will teach children these incorrect signs and and if/when these children enter the world, they won't be understood by signers. Doesn't this negate the point of teaching nonverbal kids sign?
Some great sources-ASLpro.com, signingsavvy.com, "Joy of Signing" (has some old signs but good basic book, other materials foind at Gallaudet University or RID websites.
Price is too high
I am slightly familiar with this program as a retired teacher. My granddaughter, who lives with me, is 2 and needs this program to communicate. I could buy it if it were $100, but I cannot afford the $400. pricetag. I wish I could use it with her as she is nonverbal
Boardmaker is awesome, but you have to have a disc!!! Pogoboards is all online. The pictures are not as great, but you do not need a disc. Come on Boardmaker… I'm not using you because you're not online.
So many people would buy it if it were cheaper
As the father of an autistic son, I began seeing the pictures from Boardmaker in all of his therapy sessions and asked where they came from. The parents of my son's peers all wanted to know too...we all agreed that the product is fantastic and we each wanted to buy the software to use at home. When we found out that it costs $400, none of us did. Mayer-Johnson, if you'd cut the price to a quarter of what it currently is, you'd easily sell at least ten times more copies to parents willing to do anything to help their kids. Have your marketing people do the math, cut your price, raise your profits, and help more people to boot.
A really stupid price
I've been asking for this product for several years to work with special need students. If the many school directors said many times NO because of the price, now it's harder because of the education cuts and crise. I'm very sorry for my students..I've been considering to email you for a possible gift but i'm getting hold and start believing in "No Santa Claus" therefore I'm sorry I must find anyway out. Consider to lower your prices. Help Children with fewer conditions
I am a single mom of 2 boys, one of which was just diagnosed as autistic. His resource teach uses this product for visual aid and highly recommends it. It appears to be an awesome product that would really help my son...BUT $400??? Most people don't just have that kind of money laying around, especially single moms with special needs children. There should be some sort of sliding scale, fee waivers, anything that would make it affordable to parents.
Love it, wish it were cheaper!!
I'm a para educator for an autism room. I downloaded the 30 day free trial so I could work at home. My district only allows so many copies due to the cost of the product, (obviously these copies only go to teachers or on school computers) It would be awesome if it was more affordable. Thinking I am going to be on the lookout for a cheaper comparable product!! I'd give it 5 stars but no simple computer program is worth what you charge.
You can be given code and only need disc once installed
Hi--we own nearly the whole library for our non-verbal son who has a device for school and home and touch screen mounted in kitxhen. We were given installation code after asking. We don't need disc each time, just code. Maybe different because in a clinic or maybe someone hasn't called.