Advantages of Voice4u
Voice4u is a revolutionary AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) application that helps individuals to express their feelings, thoughts, actions and things they need, as a solution for learning and communication for autistic individuals, children and other adults with developmental disabilities, stroke and/or traumatic brain injuries, and people around them.
Unlike conventional communication-aid devices, Voice4u is:
- Easy user interface
- Easy to personalize for each individual user
- Easy to learn without incurring additional cost
- No specialized device to carry around
- Compatible with many devices.
As such, Voice4u is superior to ease the communication burdens of people with ASD and those who interact with them. Many people’s supports and understanding are being required for people with ASD to live and interact with other people in the community. Such supports cost heavily to individual and to the community if only conventional communication-aid devices and tools are available. However, the development of Voice4u has reduced the number of people required for such supports, and cost thereof to individuals and the community. Consequently, Voice4u would contribute to improve quality of lives of people with ASD, and will continue to benefit the society that is anticipating increase of needs for equipment to assist communications.
Voice4u can also be utilized by people suffering from other types of developmental disorders, such as PDD (Pervasive developmental disorder), Down syndrome, or Asperger’s syndrome; people with other communication disorders, such as deaf, stroke, brain injury; or seniors those who have difficulties with verbal communication. In the United States, 1 in 88 children are diagnosed as autism as of 2012 according to Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The rate is even higher for boys, which is said to be 1 in 58 children. The similar trend is also found in other advanced countries. PDD and Asperger’s syndrome are said to be 2.7 cases per 1,000, and Down syndrome is found 1 in 800 births. Around 2.6% of the U.S. population is functionally deaf. People who had a stroke or brain injury could benefit from Voice4u if their injury resulted in communication disorders, which would be approximately 0.44% of the U.S. population. Another aspect is that 8~12 in 1000 people require AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) communication based on American Speech-Hearing-learning Association (ASHA)’s research. Therefore, from autism to seniors with difficulties in communication, approximately more than 5% of the entire population would be potential users of AAC apps on smartphones/tablets including Voice4u.