by Uma Louise Roa, CEO/Co-founder of Pic-A-Talk
Pic-A-Talk started out as a school project where we were asked to come up with a solution to any pain or struggle we experience on a daily basis using technology. As someone who was content with her life, I was stumped. So I asked my mother for advice and she put me in the shoes of my little sister, Lea.
Pic-A-Talk is described as a mobile app for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), which refers to communication methods that assist people with speech impairments. AAC devices help improve the quality of life for people with special needs that experience difficulties with their day-to-day communication.
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Lea was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and speech apraxia at the age of 3, which explained her developmental delay in verbal communication. But she is more than her disabilities.
Two award-winning apps that empower people—one for PWDs, and another for children with special needs
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Innovuze Solutions’ J. Ginete picks his favorite Starups at the CDO B.I.T.E.S. Beacon Demo Day. Pic-A-Talk made it to his list! Find out why.
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The R.I.S.E. (Resiliency Innovation Sustainability and Entrepreneurship) Challenge aims to create a sustainable and scalable pipeline that democratizes innovation by accelerating startups from all levels of society and placing them in front of qualified startup investors.
The Official Launch of Pic-A-Talk was a milestone we had worked tirelessly for.
It was an event that would mark our success, the product of our sleepless nights and tired days and an accomplishment that we were proud to have reached. The progress leading up to the launch was difficult, especially since we encountered a few hiccups every now and then.
Pic-A-Talk was invited both as a participant and a speaker in MSU-IIT's first Campus DEVCON, an event made possible with the collaboration between Iligan City ICT Council, Devcon CD and MSU-IIT’s own CCS Executive Council. Unable to attend the said event, our CEO Uma Roa entrusted the presentation to Shealtiel Cañon, fellow Co-Founder of Pic-A-Talk. It was, in our opinion, no better choice than him to share the experiences and struggles of start-up life. After all, it’s not an easy journey. And many start-ups fail before they even start.
by Uma Louise C. Roa
On December 23, 2022, Pic-A-Talk brought joy and gifts to children with disabilities at Aragon SKILLS Therapy Center in Marikina City along with their co-hosts, WENURTURIO and Project Sustainable Smile PH. The Christmas Party was attended by the center’s teachers and the children were accompanied by their parents and caretakers.
Christmas is the time for giving. A wonderful occasion, usually spent with family and friends. Nothing beats the joy of seeing somebody’s face light up when given a present. But it’s more enjoyable when that person is someone who we’ve wanted to give back to for being an inspiration.
On January 27, 2023, we invited the parents of Alps Tutorial House to talk about the importance of assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). As the CEO and co-founder of Pic-A-Talk, I shared to them my personal experience growing up with my sister Lea and how she came up with different ways to communicate with us.