In May 2012, I had surgery. It went well and I'm fine now. It was significant enough, though, that I spent 3 or 4 days mostly unable to speak. I knew this would happen going in, so I was almost looking forward to making real, practical use of some speech output apps I'd long had on my iPhone.
They worked, sort of, though it was just as easy to type what I wanted to say and hand the phone to people to read themselves. It wasn't very fun or liberating, either, because typing on that itty bitty on-screen keyboard takes too long. I gave up on the cool technology pretty quickly in favor of nodding and grunting, and by the time that started being really annoying, I could speak again.
I hadn't thought about this until just now when I found Low Cost AAC Apps for Speech, via Livingwithdisability. I hope I don't need to have surgery again any time soon, but if I do, some of these apps look like they'd serve the purpose better.
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