Sunday, November 16, 2014

Assistive devices: text to speech

I've been searching for the right speech-to-text tool. My students were given devices back in 2005. It was difficult, since no one else was supposed to use them. My sweet kids felt badly that they were centred out. This system read the text for them, or they did speech-to-text, but the support staff didn't have time to figure it all out. I found it hard to juggle the computers, and then the rest of the class.

This senior in long-term care loved solitaire!

One of my clients, with ALS, used a text-to-speech application with me. She was given it by her grandchildren. She worked hard, in her senior years, to master it. She was over 70 years old!
Unfortunately, it is $159.99, but it is an amazing iPad appPredictable. by Therapy Box Limited
https://appsto.re/ca/pD1gy.i

Text-to-voice application on iPad

Speech to text: Dragon Naturally Speaking



This app is a bit more expensive than most apps, but it does allow you to use cursive writing!

HandySpeech was created by 12-year-old software developer Eric Zeiberg, who was inspired to create the application by his sister -- an autistic individual with speech disabilities.  “The application is dedicated to courageous people who struggle every day to overcome their disabilities.”


 

To learn more about the HandySpeech applications and download it via the Apple App Store for $29.99, visit the iSpeak4u Web site at www.ispeak4u.com. The HandySpeech application was created by iSpeak4U, LLC., a Connecticut software development company offering mobile, web and server applications for customers worldwide.

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