2 January 2015

HandySpeech handwriting-to-speech app now on Android devices

iSpeak4U, which makes mobile apps for people with speech and hearing disabilities, has announced the availability of an Android version of HandySpeech, an app that gives people with speech disabilities a quick and easy conversational tool.

Source: iSpeak4U. HandySpeech running on various devices.

HandySpeech allows users to write on a device screen with their finger or stylus and have the device read aloud what an individual wants to say. The app remembers frequently used phrases and learns the user's handwriting style. 

"The HandySpeech app is appropriate for individuals who have a speech disorder resulting from a vocal fold pathology (i.e., affecting the larynx)," said Dr Bernard Grela, Associate Professor, Department Chair of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Connecticut. "This includes individuals with oral and laryngeal cancers, motor speech disorders affecting the larynx and oral structures such as apraxia of speech, and patients who are placed on vocal rest due to recent surgery to treat vocal nodules or overuse of their voice. This app could also be useful for individuals with ALS and muscular dystrophy as long as they have enough motor control to write. This app will help to reduce the frustration and helplessness associated with the inability to talk."

The application was created by a twelve-year-old boy who was inspired by his sister, an autistic girl with speech disabilities. "I invented HandySpeech to give a voice to people who are unable to speak," said Eric Zeiberg. "The application is dedicated to courageous people who struggle every day to overcome their disabilities. I hope that HandySpeech will provide much needed help and open new opportunities for people in need."

HandySpeech for Android costs US$29.99 on Google Play and at the iTunes Store.