High school student Arsh Shah Dilbagi recognised that people who could not communicate verbally needed better options. 1.4% of the world’s population is unable to communicate verbally due to a range of disabilities and conditions. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) options presently available are costly, bulky and not useable to all.

Arsh Shah Dilbagi decided to find a better solution: a device that is more affordable, faster, portable that could be used by all. That’s when he invented TALK which works by translating breath into electric signals using a MEMS Microphone. The user must be able to give two distinguishable exhales, varying in intensity or time, so that they can spell words out using Morse code. The words and sentences are then recorded and synthesised accordingly.

It is now the world’s most affordably AAC device, a great solution for many people looking for this technology.

Watch Arsh Shah Dilbagi's video now.

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Calling all photographers - Now is your chance to enter the Workability International Photo Competition 2014.

With great prizes on offer, get your entry in today! Photos must "tell a story" and should depict either a person or a group of people engaging in work or activities which is supported by your organisation.

Criteria:

  • The photo must "tell a story" without the need for a caption
  • The photo demonstrates people with disability in socially valued roles
  • The photo must be high resolution, digital, no more than 72 DPI and 1024 pixels
  • The organisation must be a financial member of Workability International
  • The organisation must submit the 'Acknowledgement of Use of Image Form'

This year there will be three prizes of USD (equiv.) 500, 350 & 150 for first, second and third prizes.

The winners will be announced at the Workability International Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain, 22 – 23 October, 2014.

Photos must be emailed as JPEG files to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 19 September 2014 (together with the 'Acknowledgement of Use of Image Form' [Word 16KB]).