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Pinterest: Not just for cupcakes anymore

Mashable describes Pinterest as “a social bookmarking site where users collect and share photos of their favorite events, interests and hobbies.” But Pinterest is growing fast, and changing even faster. No longer dismissed as a place to post your favourite cupcake recipe, Pinterest now has a growing professional following among its 48 million+ users. A new site design has recently been … Continue reading

Music as Medicine

“…silence is full of music” – Marcel Marceau, legendary French mime Gabrielle Giffords, former member of the US House of Representatives, lost the ability to talk as the result of injuries sustained in an attempt on her life in January 2011. The bullet caused severe damage to the speech centre in her left brain. She has … Continue reading

Roger Ebert, Voice of the Movies: 1942-2013

Beloved film critic Roger Ebert passed away yesterday at the age of 70. As the world mourns the loss of Ebert, who won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1975, we recognize how much his highly regarded reviews helped us to see through the filmmaker’s lens more clearly: to celebrate and appreciate excellence, and to … Continue reading

Love App’tually

TapSpeak, LLC was founded by Ted Conley in 2009, in Pittsburgh, PA. Conley’s inspiration was his own child, Pierce, born in 2007 with cerebral palsy. He was frustrated by the fact that he was unable to find an appropriate AAC device for Pierce. Using his background in software engineering, combined with 25 years in corporate … Continue reading

“Change My World In 1 Minute”

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a US-based organization, found a unique way to tap into the global community in order to empower social responsibility. The “Change My World in 1 Minute” campaign, launched on the first World CP Day last September, makes good use of social media – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – to spread … Continue reading

Hand in Glove, Part 2

Are gloves the newest thing in AAC technology? After writing last week’s post about Emdad, I came across Enable Talk – speech generating gloves that can translate sign language into text and then into spoken words. Hand gestures are translated through a text-to-talk engine connected to a smartphone. Invented by QuadSquad, a team of four … Continue reading

Hand in Glove

William Broad, a 73-year-old grandfather, had a stroke two years ago. As a result, he lost his ability to speak. Because of physical limitations due to the stroke, he was unable to use a computer effectively to communicate. Clearly, the only other option available to him, spelling out words on an alphabet board, was frustrating. … Continue reading

Stephen Hawking: Pushing the boundaries of the (speech-generation) universe

British physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking has lived for nearly 50 years with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative motor-neuron disease. As well, he is the world’s best-known user of speech-generation technology. For formal presentations Dr. Hawking composes text in advance and plays it back through a speech synthesizer. Day-to-day communication is a different story: while he … Continue reading

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