Would you spend $200.00 USD on an iPhone App to give back your ability to communicate via voice? That might sound like a lot of money for a little bit of software, but for the disabled who can regain their lost communication — Proloquo2Go is just the right facilitator to help restore self-worth and speech.
Let’s forget for a moment that “Proloquo2Go” is the worst possible name for any sort of software for people who cannot speak — but who will need to “pronounce it” or spell it out or have it “spoken” for them — and let’s focus instead on what it does for the voice-disabled.
Here’s the PR blurp:
Proloquo2Go provides a full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices (INITIALLY AMERICAN AND BRITISH ENGLISH ONLY), up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use.
Proloquo2Go is for anyone who cannot afford spending thousands of dollars on an AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better. SLPs, teachers and parents recommend it for children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Just touch an icon — and a voice of your choosing speaks that word or a phrase. You can chain together ideas and complex thoughts in seconds and have them said aloud.
Roger Ebert seems like a natural consumer for this miracle in your hand.
We love the idea of Proloquo2Go for the communication it can restore to those who do not use their voice.
The price is competitive — I have not purchased the software or tested it — but the reviews for the program seem strong and appealing.
That is a profoundly important app, David. The price point seems high to me but I am not too involved in the world of text / image to speech applications.
The price point is high, Gordon, but it’s a bargain for people who routinely have to buy the fastest computer and expensive voice-speech software costing thousands of dollars.