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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.11

ModelTalker
ModelTalker Technology

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Description: ModelTalker is speech synthesis software that is specifically designed to benefit people who are losing or who have already lost their ability to speak. This technology may benefit those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Dysarthria, or those with other speech disorders. The software allows people to use a synthetic version of their own voice or a voice best suited to represent their own voice. Voices can be built from recordings by potential/current Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device users, the friends or family of an AAC device user, or clinicians and researchers. Data is stored within a proprietary database.

The software requires a good quality consumer grade or better head-mounted microphone to record the voice.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has been assessed by the Section 508 Office and found non-conformant. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov. Please see reference tab for more information concerning product versions.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.5
Decision Date: 05/04/2020
Aliases: Model Talker
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Nemours Speech Research Laboratory
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (05/04/2020).