Taking special needs technology into the mainstream

Mr Joseph Oh, who has dysarthria, uses a text-to-speech app to help him communicate.
Mr Joseph Oh, who has dysarthria, uses a text-to-speech app to help him communicate.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE -When he was just seven years old, Mr Joseph Oh suffered a viral infection that caused inflammation in his brain. He recovered after a few months, but developed a motor speech disorder that makes him slur his words.

It was difficult for others to understand him, and the self-described introvert became even more reticent and reluctant to interact with others. His self-esteem and confidence plummeted.

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