Fresno woman receives gift that will help her voice stand out

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- One Fresno woman is feeling even more thankful after getting a gift that's helping her voice stand out.

Diana Doane is hearing herself in a new way these days. "Oh my goodness, I wasn't expecting it at all."

Doane has Cerebral Palsy and attends classes at United Cerebral Palsy of Central California. Just recently she was given what's called a Chattervox at the UCP's Thanksgiving meal. "I felt very amazed and blessed. I felt wonderful because I was a part of being able to make this happen for her. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room," said Kelly Cunningham, UCP Adult Program Services Director.

Cunningham helped Doane get the device after she saw her struggling to socialize. The disorder has caused her to lose her voice through the years. "She's got a great quirky personality and a great sense of humor and so much of that was lost because she couldn't get her words out loud enough for people to hear her and understand her," said Cunningham.

Doane, a college graduate and art enthusiast, can now use it to share her thoughts and dreams with others.

The device itself only costs around $100. UCP employees said providing a means for their clients to communicate or interact can make all the difference. "One of the biggest needs is technology, being able to provide the assistance devices for our students," said Kimberly Regnerus, UCP Development Marketing Director.

They're hoping others will come forward to help connect their clients to resources they need.

As for Doane, it's technology that's helped lift her spirits and amplify her humor. "We all die or go on, but at least I can go yelling!"

A louder voice and a new lease on life.
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