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Posted on November 7, 2023

A selection of new African American voices are here!

We are delighted to share that Grid now includes 4 new African American voices from Acapela.

Darius (Male | Adult)
Tamira (Female | Adult)
Tiana (Female | Child)
Malik (Male | Child)

Listen to a sample of two of the voices below:

Darius (Male | Adult)

Tamira (Female | Adult)
Available in the latest Grid update (version 89 | November 2023).

“With new, culturally and regionally specific voices we can begin to celebrate our ethnicity, regionalisms, and distinctiveness. AAC speakers and their listeners can engage as people with vocal qualities and traits that authentically paint a picture of who they are because of how they sound, not solely based on the words used in conversation. A voice that sounds more like how we describe ourselves, a voice that represents our identity, takes us one step closer to the human connections motivating so much of our communication.”

Chris Gibbons – SVP of Clinical Education | US Team

How to get the new voices

To try the new voices, update to the latest version of Grid and go to SettingsSpeechVoices. Make sure your language is set to English (United States) and choose from the list of voices.

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