Authentic voices made by and for children!

The cheerful family of Acapela’s authentic children’s voices enables young users around the world to communicate with those around them.

Unique repertoire

We are very proud of our children’s voice. They help kids around the world to communicate, play and learn since 10 years!
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Children that have difficulties communicating, speaking or learning can finally express their thoughts, needs and desires with a voice they like and that may change their daily lives. Acapela’s children’s voices voice-empower tablets, smartphones and smart toys, helping to facilitate communication, interactivity and engagement.

AAC solutions combined with tablets have revolutionized the industry, allowing the development of innovative approaches to help people with specific needs achieve greater autonomy. The voice synthesis developed by Acapela gives users the means to better interact with the world around them.

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Challenge background

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions have, for decades, given a voice to children who cannot speak. However, until recently, children with communication difficulties only had access to adult text to speech voices to express their thoughts, needs and desires.

A child communicating with an AAC device deserves the right to speak with a voice that reflects his or her age. So, in 2012, Acapela, together with AssistiveWare (the leader in AAC applications for iOS) took up the challenge to develop genuine text to speech children’s voices, for the first time ever. And since that date, we have kept creating new children’s voices to give even more young users a voice.

World premiere

In 2012, we proudly unveiled the world’s first genuine, natural-sounding, children’s voices, in British English, providing a voice to over 74,000 children and teens in England who cannot speak for themselves.

These new voices will make such a difference to them and to their families – in particular, in terms of enabling them to be included, to have normal relationships with their peers and enjoy everything that so many other children take for granted.
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Anna Reeves England’s National AAC coordinator


The demanding steps usually used for the creation of an adult professional voice were adapted to a child’s habits and behaviour.
When recording an adult, recordings have to be homogeneous throughout the sessions, from one day to the next. It is clearly impossible to ask the same of children. Our R&D team had to rethink and adapt the process for young speakers. The development of the children’s voices has required tremendous dedication and specialized work from our experts. Specific recordings of children’s typical exclamations and sounds have also be done to create an even more natural and spontaneous audio result.

Once the recordings have been done, the raw material needs to be processed and then repeatedly tested to make sure words are pronounced correctly and sound natural.
Creating the first two voices took more than 2,500 hours of research, recording, processing and development.

This ground-breaking project has been enormously fulfilling and reflects our long time leadership in this field.

Available languages

Children’s voices  are already available in:

  • English (Australia),
  • English (Canada),
  • English (UK – including scottish and Northern English)
  • English (US – including African American English children voices and bilingual US English/North American Spanish),
  • Dutch,
  • French,
  • German,
  • Italian,
  • Norwegian,
  • Polish,
  • Swedish,

And the family keeps growing.

  • Listen to some voices of the cheerful crew

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“We are very proud of our children’s voice, initiated in partnership with AssistiveWare a decade ago. They help kids around the world to communicate with those around them, to play and learn. Children with speech disorders can finally express their thoughts, needs and desires like their friends, with a voice that matches their age. At Acapela, we are all very proud of this achievement“
Remy Cadic

Remy Cadic CEO, Acapela Group

They are using our children’s voices:

Here is a list of players that are already using Acapela’s children’s voices in their products.

  • Abilia
  • AbleVox
  • AssistiveWare
  • Attainment
  • CoughDrop
  • Cidar
  • Crick Software
  • Helpicare
  • ICEU Technologies
  • Kumquat
  • LifeTools, ‘Know me’
  • LuxAI
  • NaturalSoft
  • NextUp
  • Nokia
  • Mozzaz
  • Pearson
  • Prentke
  • Robokind
  • Saltillo
  • Smartbox Assistive Technology
  • Speak for Yourself
  • Symbols Worldwide
  • Tobii -Dynavox


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