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Accessibility: Acapela Group Voice Enables Vantage Lite Innovative AAC Dedicated Device
Date:12/3/2008

MONS, Belgium, December 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Prentke Romich Company (PRC), the leading manufacturer of Alternative and Augmented Communication (AAC) devices for individuals with speech disabilities, has selected Acapela High Quality voices to speech empower Vantage(TM) Lite, its latest device for AAC beginners.

Smart, compact, rugged and portable, Vantage Lite is a new generation communication device for children and adults who use augmentative communication. Vantage Lite opens the door to rich, independent personal expression through PRC's proven Unity(R) language system, which allows users to progress from simple words and phrases to inventive and spontaneous communication. Acapela's synthesised natural voices vocalise the words and phrases and vocally interact with the user.

"Vantage Lite combines breakthrough new design for a durable, powerful, and portable speech device with High Quality voices, which are a key part in the friendliness and efficiency of the product. We have been working with Acapela speech synthesis for over 10 years and naturally choose to integrate their high end voices portfolio in our product," said Bob Nemens, Marketing Director of PRC.

"Acapela Group and Prentke are both pioneers' players of the Accessibility world. We have shared the tremendous evolution of AAC tools, bringing innovation to our respective areas of competence. We, at Acapela, are very happy to strengthen this collaboration started ten years ago and to help give a voice to the Vantage Lite innovative solution" underlines Lars Erik Larsson, CEO of Acapela Group.

-About PRC-

An employee-owned company founded in 1966 and headquartered in Wooster, OH, PRC has enabled thousands of children and adults worldwide with severe speech disorders to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level, or motor skills.

In addition to its powerful communication devices - ECO(TM)-14, Vanguard(TM) Plus, Vantage(TM) Plus, Vantage(TM) Lite, and SpringBoard(TM) Lite - PRC also provides a wide array of high-quality teaching and implementation ideas, therapy materials, curriculum sequences, funding assistance, and training to speech-language pathologists, special educators, and the families of AAC communicators. For more information http://www.prentrom.com

-About Acapela Group-

Acapela Group, a key player in speech solutions leaning upon 25 years of experience, gives the say to all the products and services. In 25 languages and over 50 voices.

Acapela Group invents voice solutions to give the say to content and enrich user interfaces in a natural and intuitive way based on its comprehensive technologies. 'Voice', the spokesperson of the corporate brand, is the core of Acapela's offer: customisable and flexible, it embraces the colours of the "audio charter".

Navigation, Interactive Voice Response, Accessibility solutions, E-learning, Talking Web, Audio-books, are amongst the first applications that learned how to benefit from the advantages of text to speech. Everyday, new applications are popping up and broadening the scope of possibilities.

More information at http://www.acapela-group.com


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