Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

Facilitated Voice Output Communication for Persons with Autism Using a ZYGO MACAW

Brian M. Weiss

Area Representative, ZYGO Industries, Inc., Stamford, CT, USA

Facilitated Communication is a method of physical assistance for per sons who have severe communication impairments in addition to motor skill problems. Without facilitated communication, such individuals are unable to access augmentative or alternative communication devices, or can use them only with extreme difficulty. Until now the Canon Communicator has been the communication device of choice of many facilitators. It has printed output but no speech output. The ZYGO MACAW, in conjunction with Facilitated Communication, creates for the first time FACILITATED VOICE OUTPUT COMMUNICATION. This combination, when used by persons with autism who are in need of augmentative communication strategies, allows greater accuracy in communicating with their circle of friends. Frustrations which have been high during the communication process are reduced for both the speaker and the listener.

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Bibliographic reference.  Weiss, Brian M. (1993): "Facilitated voice output communication for persons with autism using a ZYGO MACAW", In SLTDP-93, 149-152.