Monday, November 11, 2013

#AppMondayTAS - HandySpeech

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HandySpeech (Universal, $29.99)

Reviewer Comments
This is a unique and useful communication app. It allows the user to use handwriting or the onscreen keyboard to generate speech. Unlike traditional apps designed for communication for someone who may be unable to use oral speech, it is not only "text-to-speech," but it is "handwriting-to-speech".
Over time, the app "learns" the user's handwriting as the app is used. The app recognizes a variety of handwriting types. There is also a page for frequently used phrases that can be customized by the user. The user can then go to this page and quickly select the desired phrase.
Handy Speech supports 13 different languages available through in-app purchases. As the user writes or types, the app will autocorrect and suggest possible words. Gestures can be used within the handwriting area for spacing and commands.
Handy Speech does rely on internet access for the speech function, so a potential drawback of the app is that it cannot be used in situations where Wifi is not available.
This app is great for children and adults who are able to write, but unable to communicate with oral speech. It is a quick and easy AAC app to begin using. It is ideal as an addition to a full AAC device or for a temporary communication solution for someone who is trached and/or on a vent for a period of time. It could also be beneficial for those who are recovering from a stroke or injury where they have temporarily lost the ability to speak, but can write or type words. We also see the value in this app for children and adults who can write quickly and fairly accurately.
The developer has created a helpful series of videos to assist users in getting started, customizing the settings, and view all of the possible features.
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