Proud Yorkshireman with cerebral palsy is swapping his Stephen Hawking-like robotic voice for one with a local twang

A PROUD Yorkshireman with cerebral palsy is swapping his robotic voice for one with a local twang.

Richie Cottingham, 26, relies on a computer linked to a keyboard like the one used by the late Professor Stephen Hawking.


But it has an American accent and Richie is desperate to sound more like where he’s from — Hull, East Yorkshire.

He is now working with a speech and language therapist to try to get the voice on his device changed.

Richie, who has had cerebral palsy since birth, said: “I want to sound like my family and friends.

“I’ve lived in East Yorkshire all my life, so I think a local accent would fit well. I would love to have my own voice.”

Therapist Jennifer Benson, 46, said: “Our ­voices are unique to us as individuals.

“It’s like your fingerprints. It’s key to your identity and your sense of self.”



Richie will choose two local men who will each record around 200 phrases.

They will then be merged together digitally to form a unique voice just for him.

Jennifer said: “We have the opportunity to literally give Richie a voice.”

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