Voice Options Program Success Stories

Written by: Kevin Hansen, Voice Options Program Manager During the time that the Voice Options Pilot Project has been running we have seen a significant impact in the lives of the participants that have received services from this program. This pilot project was funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and officially started on January…

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Voice Options: A Speech and Communication Pilot Project

Ability Tools has had the pleasure of partnering with the California Public Utilities Commission to launch Voice Options Pilot Project. The program launched January 11th 2017. Voice Options is a pilot program of the California Public Utilities Commission administered by the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.Voice Options connects Californians with speech language disabilities to…

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Voice Options Speech Technology Program launches January 11th

We are excited to announce the launch of a statewide pilot program called Voice Options, California Speech Technology Program. Voice Options offers iPads with speech applications to people with disabilities for demonstration, short and long-term loan via 10 demonstration centers throughout the state. The project is funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and administered by the…

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Finding Hope After a Stroke

Submitted by Lingraphica  Do you suffer from aphasia or know someone who does? Lingraphica’s communication devices are designed specifically for adults with speech and language disorders. Lingraphica provides clinically relevant tools and services to help individuals with language and cognitive disorders connect with family, friends, and communities. Working in partnership with clinicians and caregivers, Lingraphica’s…

Comparing Bluetooth Speakers for AAC Use

Comparing Bluetooth Speakers for AAC Use by Heidi LoStracco, MS, CCC-SLP, Speak For Yourself AAC In the beginning of this school year, I purchased some iON Clipster portable Bluetooth speakers. Over the months, I’ve left them with students who do not have amplified cases. When you’re working so hard to learn to use augmentative and…

Making your Android Device AAC Multi-Lingual

by Chi Hung Luke Hsieh, Assistive Technology Advocate at Community Access Center   Due to my moderately severe speech disability, I have been paying close attention to the development of Augmented Assistive Communication (AAC) devices/apps and Text to Speech Technology or Voice Engines. Those who have paying attention to my previous articles over the years…