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    Forum Member Lynne K's Avatar
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    Hi Dina. Was Acapela chosen for you solely because only just 350 phrases are needed or was it considered better sounding? Good luck with your recording. Thanks, Lynne
    ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my ballance.
    I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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    Hi Lynne,

    I was the one who chose to use Acapela after discussing them both with Richard. He did say that I could use both, if I wanted to, and that MNDA would fund both of them.
    Dina


    Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    Did Richard confirm that the MNDA fund the cost to download / purchase of my-own-voice or just the App?

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    Hi Ellie,

    He said that there was nothing to pay until you want to download your voice. When I asked how much it costs he said that MNDA would pay it.

    Sorry, but I don't know which app you are talking about. Acapela is not an app, it is downloaded from their website.
    Dina


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    Hi Dina,

    The voice that gets created for you is separate from where it gets used.

    So the voice you create could, for example, be used to announce trains at your local railway station or speak out the guidance on your GPS in your car.

    Once you have your voice you then have to have something to use it with, for example, turning text that you type into speech that sounds like you or controlling the lighting and heating in your home - text-to-speech, speech to say Alexa, Alexa turns on the lights.

    That can be done by simply as loading it into an iPad and using the native software that turns voice into speech.

    Does that help?

    Warmly

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    Hi Andy,

    Thank you for the explanation. I'm afraid I was only really taking notice of the info about recording my voice. A combination of a protracted period of fatigue together with a seemingly endless stream of appointments and telephone calls with healthcare professionals has brought to a place where I only really concentrate on the here and now.
    Dina


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    Hi Dina,

    An App is needed if you want to use your banked Acapela voice on an iPad.

    It's great to hear the MNDA will pay for your voice download, it costs over 2000 !!

    Well done MNDA !

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.
    Eye gaze - No working limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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    Hi Ellie

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    An App is needed if you want to use your banked Acapela voice on an iPad.
    Shows how much I know about iPads!

    Warmly

    Andy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    Hi Dina,

    An App is needed if you want to use your banked Acapela voice on an iPad.

    It's great to hear the MNDA will pay for your voice download, it costs over 2000 !!

    Well done MNDA !

    Love Ellie.
    Oh gosh, I hope I haven't misunderstood or misconstrued what Richard said!
    Dina


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    Hi Dina,

    If I was you, I would send an e-mail to Richard to ask for clarification of what the Mnda will pay for.

    Sorry if I sound like a Little Miss Bossy Boots!!!, - but it would be such a shame If you go to the trouble of recording all those phrases, only to find out that when you are ready to download them the Mnda doesn't cover the cost.

    Love Kayleigh xx
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    I think that the Mnda pay what I said earlier for the down loading of your voice and that's a lot lot less than that figure

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