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Dragon NaturallySpeaking: A Proven Accessibility Solution

Dragon turns a PC into an accessible portal to your digital world

Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the world’s best-selling speech recognition software for the PC, enables users to work without using their keyboard or mouse, virtually hands free, when creating documents, accessing data or navigating their computer desktop.

Using Dragon removes the physical, mental or psychological barrier to access that a keyboard creates, helping a wide range of people to more easily and comfortably use their PC or laptop. That’s why it has become an invaluable accessibility tool for individuals with a wide range of impairments or conditions, such as; SPLD’s, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, RSI, Arthritis, Chronic fatigue or Autism. Dragon also enables individuals with language-based learning difficulties have articulation and pronunciation problems to express themselves or carry out everyday tasks on the computer. It even learns how individuals speak, creating increasingly better recognition results.

A recent survey (June 2013) of Disabled Student Allowance Assessors revealed over 25 diverse conditions for which the assessors had previously recommended Dragon either as a total replacement for the keyboard and mouse or as an assistive alternative. There are links below to the complete list and user videos and stories about the difference Dragon has made. Speech recognition can in some case be funded as a recognised reasonable adjustment at work. Find more information in the Financial Assistance tab.

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Hands-Free PC Use
Adding Dragon’s speech recognition capabilities to the PC enables users to work virtually hands free when creating docu-ments, accessing data or navigating their desktop. Dragon provides a more efficient way to work on computer that is less physically and cognitively taxing than other alternative input methods.

Accommodations for Language and Speech Impairments
By taking away the mechanical aspects of typing or handwriting, Dragon removes many of the challenges individuals may have when trying to intelligently express their thoughts in writing. In addition, as speech recog¬nition has improved over the years, more and more students with articulation and pronunciation difficulties can use the software to complete everyday tasks. Dragon empowers users to create documents, send and manage email, search the web or their desktop for information and resources and make full use of popular Windows applications — all by voice.

Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired Individuals
Dragon offers speech output capabilities so that users can have text read aloud to them. This includes both the words they have spoken to create a document and separately new text that a user may want to listen to. The system can be configured to work with most popular screen readers, such as JAWS, helping blind and visually impaired users to work more effectively.

Prevention of Repetitive Stress Injuries
An example from the USA - According to the former US Secretary of Labour, "Work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as back injuries and carpal tunnel are the most prevalent, most expensive and most preventable workplace injuries in the country." For users who suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, Dragon will change the way they interact with the PC, enabling them to be fully productive without aggravating their condition. For users not already effected by musculoskeletal, using Dragon can help prevent these injuries before they can develop.

 

Testimonials

Jacalyn:
"As Director of Contracts at a software company, I create, review and revise legal documents all day. I have tendonitis from repetitive motion (too much typing) so I use Dragon to dictate memos, emails, letters, notices, etc. and this saves me from the pain and strain typing puts on my hands. Not only that, Dragon is a great relief from eye strain as I can have my text dictated back to me after it is composed. This is particularly helpful when I receive a contract in PDF that has been revised without a redline document being provided. I can have Dragon read me the original as I visually compare it to the altered version to find and mark the revisions. This is a huge time saver and makes the auditing comparison process much less tedious. Our entire company uses instant messaging as its preferred means of communicating with co-workers in other offices, departments and in a dozen other countries around the world. I use Dragon to dictate my messages and don't even have to hit the enter key to send them. A simple "click Send" command is all it takes. The more my hands are off the keyboard, the less pain I have, both literally and figuratively." 

Amy Blafer:
"Shortly after starting my dissertation, I found out that my son had dyslexia. He has spent the last two years learning to read, but he is still unable to get his ideas on to paper. Dragon has allowed his ideas to fly onto the page as fast as he can think them up."

Laurie H:
"Programmes like Dragon often come together as a solution for the larger population (i.e. business), but for the disability population, Dragon is not a luxury or a time-saver, it is in invaluable resource."

A quadriplegic lawyer:
"Dragon NaturallySpeaking has meant much more to me than a just a tool, It has given me a pair of hands and a level of independence that only someone with a severe disability such as mine can appreciate."

White papers

Dragon Solutions — RSI to ROI
According to the US Department of Labour, musculoskeletal disorders, including repetitive stress injuries, are one of the largest job-related injury and illness problems in the United States. This white paper examines how software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional can be used by staff with MSDs – of any level of severity – to create documents, emails or spreadsheets entirely by voice.

Case studies

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Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may also be available

Help for Schools & Pupils
Nuance provides a suite of discounted, full functionality education versions which are exclusively available to students and schools.

Help for University Students - Disabled Student Allowance
A fund administered by the Student Loans Company to help people with disabilities access University Education is available. As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a; disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition, specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia – click here to see more about the application process. The support you get depends on your individual needs and not on income.

Help for Employers - Access to Work
The Department of Work and Pensions recognise Speech Recognition as an approved Access to Work technology, classing it as a “reasonable adjustment” for a range of conditions which means employers can apply for financial assistance to fund its purchase under ATW programme for employees. Dragon as the leading speech recognition software has a national network of ATW approved assessors who can help facilitate the introduction of Dragon as an assistive solution in the workplace.

Help for Employees – Access to Work
If you are an employee or someone looking to get back into work and want to find out more about Access to Work please click this link to find out more.

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