Ministry to accept applications for synthetic-voice computers from people unable to speak

Ministry says equipment was added to 2015 basket of health services to help people who suffer from aphasia, other speech problems and complicated motor disabilities.

June 21, 2015 16:43
Nurse writing prescriptions

Nurse writing prescriptions (illustrative).. (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

People who are no longer able to communicate through their voice may now apply to the Health Ministry for a special computerized device that produces synthetic speech, the ministry announced on Sunday.

The department for chronic diseases in the district health offices and the national unit for rehabilitative and mobility equipment will accept applications.

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The devices work with a range of mechanisms, from a simple computer mouse to complex systems using the movement of the eye. The applicant must get a referral on his or her condition from a speech therapist and include a medical history. If necessary, an occupational therapist may have to ensure that the person will be able to use the device.

Approved applicants will borrow the devices from an external supplier for at least three months, and if they are effective in helping the applicant, they will receive them permanently.

The ministry said the equipment was added to the 2015 basket of health services to help many people who suffer from aphasia and other speech problems and complicated motor disabilities.

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