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March 18, 2014

Purdue startup formed to help children, families affected by severe, nonverbal autism

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Michael Zentner, SPEAK MODalities co-founder and CEO and a Purdue ITaP senior research scientist who assists faculty with research projects through the Purdue Foundry, and Diana Hancock, SPEAK MODalities co-founder and COO and Purdue ITaP commercialization director, helped Wendt develop an advanced version of SPEAKall! and create SPEAK MODalities.

“I’m glad we were a part of helping this important Purdue project reach more affected families as it matures, and I’m happy that the Purdue Foundry could continue to work with this innovation as the Purdue Innovation and Commercialization Center and Foundry merged,” said Gerry McCartney, Purdue CIO and inaugural director of the center.

“We recently launched a SPEAKall! 2.0 version that includes a free trial for users, as well as in-app purchase options for premium features for those who want advanced support,” Hancock said.

The free version of SPEAKall! provides for the management of up to 20 graphic symbols, two activity sheets and one learner profile. Upgrades to this version include the ability to select pre-recorded or synthetic speech, add literacy labels to graphic symbols, track user performance, and organize content into media libraries.

Premium versions of the app, available for purchase, enable enhanced features and expandability including:

* Access to four different synthetic voices.

* Unlimited symbols, unlimited activity sheets and two learner profiles.

* Unlimited symbols, unlimited activity sheets and unlimited learner profiles.

The app was originally developed under Wendt’s leadership by Purdue’s Engineering Projects in Community Service, or EPICS, program in conjunction with the Purdue Augmentative and Alternative Communications Research Lab and the Purdue Speech-Language Clinic.

Wendt’s research is sponsored by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a statewide project involving Purdue, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame, and is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Organization for Autism Research, and the Purdue University Center for Families.

SPEAKall! and SPEAKmore! are patented through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and have been licensed to SPEAK MODalities. For more information contact the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization at 765-588-3470, otcpatent@prf.orgor SPEAK MODalities at info@speakmod.com.

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