Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
MyVoice and University of Toronto Scarborough AccessAbility Services today released the “College Life Pack”, a free-to-download vocabulary collection designed to help students with speech disabilities communicate on campus using MyVoice’s text-to-speech app, TalkRocket Go.
The College Life Pack includes hundreds of phrases and pictures that make it easier to ask questions in a lecture, independently access campus facilities, and participate in social experiences. It also offers comprehensive vocabulary related to services on campus such as the registrar's office, disability services, and academic departments, making the learning environment easier to navigate.
“Technology is ‘the great equalizer’ for students with disabilities,” said Tina Doyle, Director of AccessAbility Services at University of Toronto Scarborough. “With the College Life Pack for TalkRocket Go, we hope to empower students with communication difficulties, inside and outside of the classroom.”
According to the 2011 US Census, students with disabilities are significantly under-represented in higher education. Students with disabilities are less than half as likely to pursue a college-level program. For those that do enroll in higher education, they are twice as likely to fail to complete their degree.
“We all know how intimidating that first day of class can be,” says Alexander Levy, CEO of MyVoice. “The new College Life Pack for TalkRocket Go will help make higher education more accessible, interactive, and fun for students with speech challenges.”
Often intended exclusively for younger users, many communication aids are not equipped with phrases and pictures adapted to adult settings. In contrast, TalkRocket Go for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch is easily customized to any age group, and is now used by thousands of people, both young and old. With the introduction of the College L
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