What do You Think?

What do y’all think of this as the Xpress-It hand-out for this Saturday? No doubt it isn’t “splashy” enough for everybody, but one grandmother has reminded me that worried parents of disabled children are looking for facts, not flash.



This all-software synthesizer produces very high quality
speech that even total strangers understand. Xpress-It uses the Eloquence
speech engine originally developed by Eloquent Technology Inc. for the
Department of Defense. It is a text-to-speech system with the following


  • Practically
    unlimited vocabulary
  • Automatic
    entry of new words into vocabulary
  • Can be
    used with other adaptive software and devices
  • Programmable
  • ;Word
    prediction based on the user’s previous history
  • Customizable
  • Built-in
    voice control language for precise intonation control when desired
  • Complete
    compatibility with Windows 98 or higher
  • No
    additional hardware needed, just sound support and speakers


Cerebral Palsy denied me the power of speech. Yet, one of
life’s lessons I had to learn early was that verbal communication is one of the
tools that makes the difference between just existing and actually being a
member of society. Harsh but true. I quickly found the current crop of
augmentative communication software to be lacking in flexibility, reliability,
speech quality, vocabulary, or inter-operability with other programs.
Fortunately, being a professional software developer put me in a position to do
something about those problems.



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