1. Text-to-Speech for the less fortunate: from talking cellular phones to augmentative alternative communication devices. Luisa Cordano. February 21, 2007. Speechtek West 2007 . Overview. What is AAC? AAC users and requirements AAC solutions and devices
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February 21, 2007
Speechtek West 2007
Defined as: 1) The supplementation or replacement of natural speech and/or writing using aided and/or unaided symbols...
2) The field or area of clinical/educational practice to improve the communication skills of individuals with little or no functional speech." (Lloyd, L.L., Fuller, D.R., & Arvidson, H.H. (1997) Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Individuals with severe communicationdisorders and for whom gestural, speech and/or written communication is temporarily or permanently inadequate to meet all of their communication needs, for example:
or genetic problems)
mouth sticks, headsticks, switches, eye-pointing
picture and graphic symbols e.g.PCS + speech generation
large communication devices
small and light aids
- To express themselves, their needs and requests, their ideas and feelings
The ATIA reports that people who rely on AAC indicate that the two most important things for them are:
The ultimate goal of AAC is:
The highest performance communication possible
or Message Formulation (can spontaneously create novel messages).
Has become a leading player on this market
The 2007 roadmap sees the development of 4 new languages
Loquendo TTS allows for the highly emotive pronunciation, creating extremely natural sounding speech. An easy-to-use prompt editing provides the user a repertoire of "expressive cues".
LoquendoMixed language capability™
Each of our voices is able to speak any other available language! This means that for example, our Italian voice can speak English with an Italian accent, or a French voice speak German with a French accent. This unique and patented feature is extremely useful for reading when you are out of your home country or simply for reading foreign names in a book or in any text.
Research CouncilLoquendo’s Experience: blind and visually impaired
Official suppliers to the Italian and Spanish National Blind Associations
Pen or fingers
Text to Speech
Pen or fingers
Text to Speech
The Oralys Communicator works on the basis of mental imagery known as, active ideography, combined to multi-sensory elements using sound and symbols. It enables to communicate quickly and effectively, with a simple touch. The Communicator holds over 3.500 ideograms with the possibility of 12.000.000 connections/ sentences.
Cyrano, an augmentative communication device, is a hand-held, portable software application designed to aid individuals with speech-impairments to communicate through a series of customizable images, text, and synthesized voices.
TouchSpeak is the result of nearly 10 years of on-going development and continuous refinement of the original 1996 PCAD Consortium. TouchSpeak has been specifically designed and developed as an AAC communication aid. Although originally primarily dedicated to people with aphasia, it can comfortably be adapted for either higher more functioning clients, or those with lower cognition and functions
E-library Voice AppLication for eUropean blind, Elderly and Sight-impaired
The purpose of the eVALUES service is to improve the possibilities for education and jobs for blind and sight impaired, increasing the assimilation in the society.
eVALUES does this by providing a Trans-European e-Library service based on Internet for Visually Impaired, to improve the access to written material. The service uses Text-To-Speech for the content provisioning on a portable hand-held PDA, which enables mobility.