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Emergency Chat App

A close up on a woman using a smartphone. Photo used courtesy of Pexels.comEmergency Chat (Google / Apple / Microsoft) is a smartphone app that can be used in any situation where speech is impossible, but communication is still necessary.

An individual can pull out their phone, open the app, and give their phone with their personalized message to the person they want to communicate with for help (whether it be a friend/family member, EMT/officer, or a stranger). That person can then read the message to understand the individual’s needs in the current situation and continue to use the chat to ask further questions until the individual is able to regain speech. 

The default text is aimed at people experiencing an autistic meltdown, where their speech centers can stay non-functional for a while, even after they've recovered. The app can also be customized to meet individual needs when speech is not possible for the individual using the app. Some additional examples include custom screens for individuals who experience seizures, sensory overload, asthma, or any other condition that may result in a temporary loss of speech.

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