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About the Voice Options Program

Through a partnership with the California Public Utilities Commission’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program, the California Department of Rehabilitation’s VOICE OPTIONS program offers eligible Californians who are unable to speak, or who have difficulty speaking, with a free speech-generating device.

The goals of this program is to ensure full and equal telephone communications access for all Californians with disabilities.

When it comes to choosing a speech-generating application, it is imperative to select one that highlights your strengths, skills, and fully meets your needs without leaving you feeling restricted. Through this program, any eligible Californian referred to a Voice Options provider will have the opportunity to test five different speech-generating applications for up to 14 days.

The five applications provided are:

  • GoTalk NOW Plus
  • LAMP Words for Life
  • Predictable
  • Proloque4Text
  • TouchChat HD with Word Power

Getting Started

STEP ONE: Contact RICV at 559-221-2330 to schedule an orientation and demonstration.

STEP TWO: Participate in a Voice Options orientation and receive a speech-generating device demonstration.

STEP THREE: Take a short-term loaner iPad for a 2-14 day trial period. Practice using the preloaded speech-generating applications to help you  determine which application works best for you.

STEP FOUR: Receive a new iPad with one speech-generating application of  your choice downloaded  on the iPad.

To get more information, or to enroll in the program, contact:

Eli Andres, AT Specialist eandres@ricv.org
James Bennett, AT Specialist jbennett@ricv.org
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