The Open Voice Factory


The wonderful Fred from recommended looking into The Open Voice Factory while we were working with Andrea in Italy last year.  The Open Voice Factory provides free, open source, fully customizable speech aid software, thus solving the issue I have with expensive, unimpressive for-fee versions with similar functionality.  The system looks perfect for replacing trial software being used at a local (to me) school that teaches kids with developmental and physical disabilities.  They’ve been unable to afford the full version of their existing software and thus the kids have been limited, not by their abilities, but by the constant nagware that limits its usage to just a few working cards?!  Drives me crazy!  I’m hoping to get some time to familiarize myself with The Open Voice Factory and their community in the coming weeks…there’s certainly some excitingly thorough-looking video guides on their website!:

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Fred over at was kind enough to get in touch and let me know that he’s got some of those “doing” skills I so need to make Upgrades happen from the technical side.  He and fellow upgrader Andrea worked with me to get Andrea configure the first Italian version of the late Stephen Hawking’s ACAT system for Andrea to use when he meets the Pope this summer!

In the meantime, be sure to check out Fred’s Gamer friendly joystick and watch below as YouTuber RockyNoHands takes on all competitors.]]>