​​HOPE BEYOND ILLNESS – A Guide to Living WELL with a Chronic Condition

  Avid eQuality Time blog readers may remember in March last year, we posted an interesting article written by Shulamit Lando , about EMDR and her memoir, HOPE BEYOND ILLNESS – A Guide to Living WELL with a Chronic Condition. EMDR: How and Why? HOPE BEYOND ILLNESS – A Guide to Living WELL with a Chronic Condition is now launching its revised and expanded 2nd edition and is now INTERACTIVE – You… Read Article →

Open Voice Factory was on TV! Disruptive Tech TV

A few months ago in November, Open Voice Factory was featured on Disruptive Tech TV. This is the first UK 24/7 technology TV channel covering  technology news and events worldwide. Open Voice Factory applied to be on their Disruptive Pitch TV show. Described as a sort of Dragon’s Den, it’s an online TV program for the UK’s most aspiring technology entrepreneurs, startups and emerging companies to pitch themselves to a… Read Article →

How to be an Everyday Tech Hero Webinar

Last week, our Open Voice Factory designer, Joe,  was kindly invited to be a panelist on the NT100 webinar.  It was hosted by  Anne Radl who is the Nominet Trust Programme Development Manager; Anne was a fantastic host and let everyone have their equal say. As explained on their website (http://www.nominettrust.org.uk), Nominet Trust is the UK’s leading tech for good funder and is for the 4th year in a row running… Read Article →

New Project: communication with only audio

I wanted to share small new project with you all. Our most successful project is The Open Voice Factory. It converts easy-to-use PowerPoint designs into communication aids that can be used by people with speech difficulties. Like most communication aids, The Open Voice Factory is very visual and works on a grid.  This makes them potentially hard to use for people who have both speech difficulties and visual impairment. Most makers… Read Article →

Open Voice Factory celebrated as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring examples of tech for good

Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, has named The Open Voice Factory in the 2016 NT100 – a global celebration of this year’s 100 most inspiring social innovations using digital technology to drive social change around the world. NT100 plays a valuable role each year in inspiring those with the influence and resources to accelerate the adoption of tech for social good.  It brings together entrepreneurs, innovators,… Read Article →


A Mod for Ryan

SpecialEffect is a charity that targets something which often gets overlooked – people with physical disabilities have lives beyond simply ‘being disabled’ and want to enjoy themselves. We provide the specialist technology, advice and support for everyone to benefit from the fun, friendship and inclusion of video games, leisure technology and communication. We know there’s no one-size-fits-all way of doing this. So we visit people to find out exactly what… Read Article →


The Open Voice Factory and the case for academics

We’ve made our hope for The Open Voice Factory fairly clear in terms of end users: free communication, wherever you are in the world.  However, I thought it was worth taking some time to lay down the strong intellectual case for why it can be a game changer for academics as well. I used to be a university researcher looking at AAC issues. That design experience stayed with me.  In many… Read Article →


eQuality Time releases The Open Voice Factory to public beta!

  Today eQuality Time released The Open Voice Factory to public beta. The Open Voice Factory is a free, open source tool for creating communication apps. Anyone can create an aid by editing a PowerPoint template to add their one pages or utterances. When you upload your template to the factory, it will create a working communication aid for you. The resulting programs run on any platform, from tablets to laptops… Read Article →


Autism work.

Joe Thomas is a writer and website developer from the UK. He enjoys creating useful information for those who suffer from all kinds of disabilities, and also raising awareness on certain issues. The Benefits of Hiring People with Autism In the UK there are more than 700,000 individuals living with autism, however, less than 15% of these people are in full-time employment. This is a dispiriting figure when you consider… Read Article →