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Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!
More than 70 million people worldwide stutter, which is about 1% of the population.  In the US alone, there are over 3 million people who stutter.  SpeechEasy is an innovative device that can be used to reduce or eliminate stuttering.
SpeechEasy looks similar to a hearing aid.  However, rather than amplifying sound, it alters sounds that go through the device so that you hear your voice at a slight time delay and at a different pitch.  It was inspired by a natural phenomenon called the “choral effect.”  The choral effect happens when your stutter is dramatically reduced or eliminated when you speak or sing in unison with other people.
Visit SpeechEasy.com to learn more.
For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com.  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.