01.09.23 Update: The Speak Up for Parkinson's iPad app v1.2.1 will be released soon. This update will work with iOS 13.x through 16.x.
Sandcastle teamed up with The Northwest Parkinson's Foundation to create a native iOS app. The Speak Up for Parkinson’s app is a useful tool for Parkinson’s patients to practice their speech. The approach pays special attention to the volume of the patient’s voice, a key factor that helps to address several of the challenges faced with Parkinson’s. Two practice tools are included: 1) Words & Phrases, a series of random statements are presented for the user to speak; and 2) Reading & Conversation, a free-form area allowing longer practice sessions. With both tools a volume meter is provided as well as audio/video feedback. The app also provides helpful Speaking Tips and additional information. Brought to you by the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.
Please note that iOS 13 through 16 will be required for this application.
Click here to download the iPad app from the iTunes store.
About The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation
The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation mission is simple: Improve the quality of life of people in the PD community right now. Tomorrow, there is unlikely to be a cure for this disease, but we know for certain that someone in the northwest will be diagnosed with PD. Our goal is to bridge that gap between diagnosis and cure, with the best evidence-based programming available at no or low cost. We want people to Move, Connect and Engage.
Parkinson’s affects about 100,000 people throughout the northwest. In the vast areas of Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State, NWPF is leading the country in innovative uses of technology to reach people in rural and urban areas alike. NWPF has produced its own speech therapy app for iPads, provides weekly expert blog postings, monthly webinars and updated news and information on new, current and breakthrough therapies.
By Moving, Connecting and Engaging, people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones experience improvement in physical symptoms, reduction in anxiety and a clear path forward on the journey with Parkinson’s. Flagship programs include Dance for PD, the Tremolos choir, PD University educational programs and PD Link—one-on-one peer support network.
NWPF reaches folks in need through valuable partnerships; some of those partners include Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon, World Parkinson Coalition, Association of Independent Regional Parkinson’s Organizations, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, Seattle Theater Group, Mark Morris Dance, Ballet Idaho, Greenwood Senior Center, Mentoring Works Washington, and several local health clinics, hospitals and private providers.