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When Speech Impairment and Text-to-Speech Software Collide

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 11:19 am on Monday, April 6, 2009

Today I am busily working on my presentation entitled “How POUR is Your Blog” for SOBCon 09: Biz School for Bloggers. It is a long, tedious process.

One step in the process into convert my typed text into synthesized speech. I use the TextAloud software and the voice of Kate. For the most part, Kate is amazing – for a computerized voice.

But, there are times when I need to kate-ize the text. For example, for the past tense of “read”, I change the text to “red”. Recently I discovered “refreshable” needed to be “refrshble”; otherwise, Kate spoke it as “refreeshable”.

This morning Kate stumbled on “navigable”. With my speech impairment, I repeatedly said the word aloud, trying to determine the correct pronunciation. Kate just couldn’t get it!

I began laughing so hard at the ridiculousness of the situation that I couldn’t hear what Kate was saying anyway.

If Kate mangles a few words during my presentation, you’ll understand why.

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Comment by Lori-ann

April 6, 2009 @ 11:32 am


Being able to laugh at yourself is always a good sign! Keep pluggin’ away. It will all come together and you will have a spectacular presentation.

Comment by dani

April 22, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

do they updated the software? What is the best software for an aural agent?

Comment by Mike

July 24, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

I have some experiences with text to speech software programs, I recommend Panopreter Plus ( to Windows 7 or vista users, for it’s very simple to use.

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