Communication aids service
“Now I know there is help out there about voice banking and communication aids, with people willing to do all they can. This is very comforting. Thank you.” Person with MND
This page looks at how we can help if you are experiencing speech or communication difficulties, or if you want to prepare for the potential need for assistance in the future. This might include the use of communication aids, computer access systems, or using technology to create a synthetic version of your own voice.
A speech and language therapist (SLT) is the best placed professional to help you with communication aids, or an occupational therapist (OT) for environmental controls and computer access.
For more information and resources about this, see our page on speech and communication.
We can offer equipment loan and financial support for communication aids and environmental controls, including adapted switches or devices to use computers.
We can also provide guidance on how to obtain equipment and support from health and social care services, where some items may be free of charge.
If your supporting professional is unable to provide a device for you, they can apply to us for support using the Equipment loan form. This can be used to apply for items, such as text to speech devices or voice banking equipment.
Our MND Support Grant (Care) form can be used to apply for items such as tablets or apps.
For more information about voice banking, and how to record your speech for future use as a synthetic voice, see our page on speech and communication.
We can loan the equipment that you need to do this, such as a headset microphone or laptop. You can apply for this type of equipment loan yourself, using our Equipment loan form.
Services charge a fee for generating a synthetic version of your voice, but we can help to fund this – complete our Voice banking support grant form to apply.
We are piloting a voice banking volunteer support role in several regions of the UK. To find out if a pilot is taking place in your area, contact our MND Connect helpline. If available, you can use our online Voice banking volunteer support form to apply, or alternatively use the downloadable version of the form (Word document) to apply.