Voice Options: A Speech and Communication Pilot Project

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Voice options logoAbility 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 iPads with speech apps.

The Voice Options pilot program is designed to answer 2 questions: 

  • Do Californians with speech disabilities have a need for iPads with speech apps?Two women sitting with an ipad,  one women is showing the other how to access a speech app.
  • What is the best way for people to try out and borrow tablets with speech apps?

If you have a speech disability, visit one of our demonstration centers and try out speech apps.

How it Works:

  1. Step One: If you would like to try out speech apps on an iPad to see if one will work for you, contact a demonstration center to schedule a demo.
  2. Step Two: Experience a demonstration of speech apps on an iPad.
  3. Step Three: After the demonstration, if you think a speech app would work for you, borrow an iPad with the apps to use in your everyday life for two weeks to 30 days.
  4. Step Four: If you like one of the apps, apply to borrow an iPad with your favorite speech app for a long-term loan.

Man in hat standing up leans over women showing her how to use the speech app on ipad



We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a FREE online informational training for anyone interested in learning more about the Voice Options Program. The online training will be help on May 16th at 10am. Register here to gain access to the webinar platform and participate with us!

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