It's good to talk about funds boost [Sunday Herald (Scotland)]
(Sunday Herald (Scotland) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A STIRLING University spin-out with a system to help people overcome communication problems has won a pound(s)50,000 grant to create a version for tablet computers.
Talking Mats was set up by speech therapist Dr Joan Murphy to launch a communication system where clients answer questions by placing picture cards in different positions on a mat.
She designed it while in her former academic post at the university psychology department as part of a clinical research project to help stroke victims and other people who have difficulty speaking. Over time, it has become clear that the system has applications to help many people, from dementia and autism sufferers, and sexual abuse victims to job applicants.
She said: "People are silenced in different ways. Talking Mats means you can get much more breadth of information."
After forming a social enterprise in 2011, Murphy and six other staff now sell numerous versions of the system as well as offering training, research and consultancy work. It operates in the UK and various European countries.
With plans to bring a mobile app version of the system to market, the company heard on Monday that its bid for funding from Scottish Enterprise's pound(s)1 million Scottish Edge fund was successful. Murphy said: "We think Talking Mats has got the potential to be used by huge numbers of people."
The picture communication symbols (c)1981-2012 Dynavox Mayer Johnson are used under contractual agreement. All rights reserved worldwide.
(c) 2013 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.
[ Back To Technology News's Homepage ]