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    Barry - I think some NHS provisions are a postal lottery and depends on the Trust.. In my area SALT will assist with Model Talker but they do not provide iPads. My local hospice are generous to a fault and will provide necessary equipment but my local hospital bucks when asked to provide foot and hand splints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    Hi Barry,

    Does that include voice banking?

    Love Ellie.
    [QUOTE=Ellie;89064]Hi Barry,

    Does that include voice banking?

    Hi Ellie,

    No, the voice banking is down to individual choice at your own expense.

    Love,
    Barry x
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    Hi Barry,

    Now I'm confused - yes, I know it doesn't take much! LOL

    I thought that some people on the forum have had their voice banking paid for via their SALTs - but perhaps it's that postcode lottery situation again?

    Anyway, I don't know why I'm worrying - that Queen Elizabeth voice on the Acapela system will do very nicely for me! - I just have to put on my diamond-encrusted crown, swap my electric wheelchair for a golden carriage and horses, and practice my royal wave - people will think I am Queen Elizabeth's (much younger!) long lost sister (A girl can dream!) LOL.

    Love Kayleigh x

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    Kayleigh (your Majesty),

    Here are the NICE guidelines regarding communication. Just for clarification the equipment i.e. tablet and app does not include voice banking as the app will have generic voices.

    Barry

    NICE
    Speech and communication
    In your multidisciplinary team appointments, the speech and language therapist should talk about speech and communication with you, and talk to you about different ways of communicating, for example, face‑to‑face conversations, talking over the phone, by email or using the internet and social media.

    If you're finding it difficult to speak clearly, communication equipment can help. This is called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). This could be an alphabet, word or picture board and/or speech software on a computer or tablet device. If you need more complex equipment you should be referred to a specialist centre.

    As MND progresses, you may need different equipment as your needs change, so this will be reviewed regularly in your team appointments. You should have the equipment you need without any delay. You and your family or carers should get any support and training that is needed in using communication equipment.
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    Jim and all thanks for the update on Voice
    Five years ago I downloaded the Speak It app of the internet and loaded it on a good mini iPad my mates brought me, also put it on old mobile phone and the iPad using now. I did the updates on this iPad and I lost the Speak it app as it wouldnít accept the app. Luckily not bothered with other iPad and old phone. I have one day break from my carer/wife on Tuesday at local Hospice and the nurses and volunteers like my stories especially Peaky Blinders. Will now look to get better app. Thanks best wishes John.

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    Many thanks for the detailed information Barry - you are, as always, my Knight in shining armour!

    Love
    Kayleigh x

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    Thank you, is in hand just waiting for them to contact me.

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    I have been chatting with Richard Cave of MNDA this afternoon. We discussed the merits of ModelTalker and Acapela. He said that MNDA fund both systems. He also confirmed that only 350 sentences have to be recorded.

    Whilst on the phone he helped me to register and set up Acapela.

    If you are thinking of using Acapela, I would suggest you contact him so that he can advise you on what to type in your registration application.

    Richard's contact details are:
    tel: 07898 721278
    Email: richard.cave@mndassociation.org
    Dina


    Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.

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    Thanks Dina.

    Did Richard confirm that the MNDA fund the cost to download / purchase of my-own-voice or just the App?

    It's great you can do voice banking and 350 sentences is a lot better than 1500!

    Good luck with it.

    Love Ellie.

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    Thanks for the update Dina. I hope everything goes smoothly when you record your phrases.

    Love and best wishes,
    Kayleigh x
    Last edited by Kayleigh; 2nd May 2019 at 21:18.

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