SOURCE: Touch & Talk Software International

October 09, 2007 09:52 ET

Specialty Software Company, Touch & Talk Software International, Provides Speech Communication and Therapy Software for Speech Disabled

MELLEN, WI--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - More than 12 million people suffer from speech related disabilities and more than 500,000 people annually suffer from stroke or other medical conditions that leave them unable to verbally communicate with family members, friends or caregivers.

Touch & Talk Software International announced today that the Touch & Talk Speech Communication and Therapy Software package version 4.0 with speech-enabled instant messaging is now available for retail pharmacy, hospital, clinic, therapy & home health distribution and online sale at the website.

Touch & Talk Version 4.0 is a speech-enabled communication and therapy tool for patients suffering from Stroke, Autism, ALS, MD, Cancer, Trauma or other speech related disabilities. Patients simply point, click, tap or type words from alphabetized word and phrase lists or onscreen keyboard to build sentences. Touch & Talk's built-in text-to-speech engine will narrate the intended text to speech with a male or female voice through the computer's speakers for true quality of life communication to family members, friends and caregivers. Touch & Talk version 4.0 provides many quality of life enhancements such as a 911 alert, medication or alarm reminders, word/phrase list management and caregivers log. Touch & Talk utilizes large buttons, text and screen options to assist patients with impaired vision and assist as therapy in regaining lost motor control. Version 4.0 also includes a speech-enabled chat/instant messaging feature that allows unlimited speech-enabled communication to family members, friends and caregivers via a simple Internet connection. The Touch & Talk chat/instant message feature is similar to AOL, Yahoo or Microsoft Instant Messenger but also allows full speech narration of incoming messages with gender selectable voices. Touch & Talk is available on CD, immediate Internet download or USB disk allowing portable speech communication on any Windows-based computer.

Touch & Talk has been developed and tested by patients and medical professionals since 2003 and is currently available in English for Windows-based PCs, laptop and touch screen computers using any USB input or pointing device, sound capability and speakers. Version 4.0 includes numerous enhancements and features for easier use and the Touch & Talk Spanish release is expected early 2008. Several hospital and pharmacy chains are reviewing the Touch & Talk system for distribution and Touch & Talk Software International invites institutional and retail seller inquiries for all English speaking countries and markets.

Touch & Talk Software International is sponsoring an in flight radio interview segment with the "21st Century Healthcare Forum" produced by the Sky Radio Network to be aired during the month of December as heard on American Airlines in flight radio. A rebroadcast will also air during the month of January and February of 2008 on US Airlines in flight radio. The Touch & Talk radio interview can be heard on the current Touch & Talk website and at starting this December.

The Touch & Talk Speech Communication and Therapy software package version 4.0 is now available for immediate Internet download at reduced pricing from the company's secure shopping website and includes a gift printing kit that allows the CD and storage case package to be printed for those who wish to give the Touch & Talk software as a special holiday gift. This special offer is for the immediate Internet download version only and is valid through February 2008. Touch & Talk version 4.0 is the only full featured assistive technology speech communication software system that includes speech-enabled instant messaging for under $100.00.

Touch & Talk Software International, based in Mellen, Wisconsin, provides specialty software titles for the speech disabled and educational segment including the popular H2 Power Core series since 1997 with complete product and purchase information available on the company's secure shopping website

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