ALC, Proudly Sponsoring the MND Queensland Voice Banking Clinic
The nature of MND means that sadly most people with a diagnosis will likely experience some level of speech deterioration if not complete loss of speech. Voice banking is a useful tool that allows a person with MND to capture a synthetic version of their own voice before speech loss. If the ability to communicate using speech is no longer available to a person with MND, they can continue to communicate using their personalised synthetic voice on one or more hi-tech alternative and augmentative communication devices e.g. a tablet, phone, eye-gaze device or Neuronode Trilogy.
This is a free service available to MND Queensland client members. For more information about becoming a member please click here.
A personal note from Catalina Lechner
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is one of the cruellest of medical conditions. Bit by bit you lose all motor functions but your mental capacity remains completely intact – you remain fully aware of your body deteriorating until it can no longer function. Most people die when the muscles that allow you to breathe no longer work. It is awful.
I have been personally affected – my father died from MND in August 1989, less than 9 months after diagnosis.
ALC has also been affected. Our Director Matt Whelan died from MND in August 2013, again within 9 months from diagnosis.
I have taken it on as my strongest personal commitment to help in whatever way I can in the effort to find a breakthrough against this horrible condition. ALC makes regular contributions to MND Australia. And we participate each year in the MND Fundraiser Walk conducted by MND Queensland.
I have provided some further information on this page in case you would like to know more about MND, or, better still, if you would like to support the efforts of MND Australia.
Also, please feel free to contact me in regard to any of the above.