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Diagnosed with Progressive Bulbar Palsy

MoggyMoggy Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited December 2017 in Disabled people
Hi,I am finding life getting more tricky as my inability to speak clearly is wearing me out. Any tips re voice controlled technology.

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  • GeoarkGeoark Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,273 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Moggy and welcome to the community.

    @Andy_Assistive are you able to assist with this queery please?

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Andy_AssistiveAndy_Assistive Scope adviser Posts: 45 Courageous

    Hi @Moggy

    There is a range of technologies available it all depends upon what you want to do. Do you want a technology that can talk for you or do you want something that you can instruct verbally?

      


  • MoggyMoggy Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi Andy assistive,
    I want something that can talk for me as I believe that shortly I will not be able to speak at all.  I am pretty good with a keyboard and can touch type.
    regards Margaret
  • Andy_AssistiveAndy_Assistive Scope adviser Posts: 45 Courageous
    Hi Margaret
    There are numerous options available, the technology is Augmentative and Alternative Communication and is usually referred to as AAC. The Communication Matters web site is really useful. http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/

    Depending upon your needs and any kit like a smartphone or iPad etc that you might already have it may be worth thinking about an app on a small device rather than a larger system, searching for AAC in Google Play or Apple Store will bring up some options that are free, and others that are charged for.
    You will find that some apps are aimed at young people and may be too limited in vocabulary but others like Grid Player (on an ipad or iphone) linked with Grid 3 (on a PC) can be customised substantially to suit you and the words that you want to have available.

    You may also be eligible for assistance with assessment and equipment from the NHS, there's info on the Communication Matters site and you will find other guidance if you search using "NHS AAC funding".
    Andy 
  • MoggyMoggy Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you Andy as is time.  I am most grateful for your input. Regards Margaret
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