[Athen] TTS solution for individuals who are mute?

Kilcommons,Cath cathk at cahs.colostate.edu
Thu Oct 4 14:46:17 PDT 2007

There is an augmentative communications consultant group who have put together a nice collection of available products - http://www.acciinc.com/Test/test/speech_generating_devices.html.
Sorry can't give you any other specifics. I have only worked with old dynavox systems (http://www.dynavoxtech.com/).

Also, are you aware of the OATs site? There are some products available there as well, although some are still beta.

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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Jayme Johnson
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 3:04 PM
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Subject: [Athen] TTS solution for individuals who are mute?


I am trying to find a solution for an individual who is having their larynx removed because of cancer, and they are seeking a high quality synthetic voicing system.

This individual has no mobility issues, can use a standard keyboard, is very technically capable, and a lot of the typical AAC devices are not quite appropriate matches for his needs and abilities.

I know about the program "Next Up Talker" from www.nextup.com, as well as the "Gus! Pocket Communicator" and "Gus! Multimedia Speech System", and I'm wondering if anyone has experience with using these products or knows of similar products that I can take a look at as a possible solution?

The basic functionality I am looking for would include a system that allows content to be typed in, possibly with some word prediction capability, the ability to manage pre-configured greetings and phrases, as well as the ability to record and play back audio files.

Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated, and thank you in advance!

Jayme Johnson
Assistive Computer Technology Instructor High Tech Center Training Unit De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

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