Dyslexia Awareness Week: Speech Recognition

Speech recognition is software which allows you to transform your spoken words into digital text on your computer. It also enables you to navigate around the computer, create and edit documents, surf the web or send an email, all through the power of your voice. A good quality noise-cancelling microphone is often used with speech recognition software to obtain the best results.

Often those with dyslexia can talk about what they want to write, but when it comes to typing out their sentence it takes much longer. Speech recognition helps with this issue as not typing or spelling skills are required, so all of the individual’s attention can be focused on thinking about the content. Speech recognition is up to 3 times faster than typing.

What software is available?

Nuance’s Dragon software is very popular amongst those with dyslexia. It comes in a number of different versions, all of which are available to purchase on Dyslexic.com.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium delivers fast speech recognition to boost productivity for the user. Upon installation, the user must read out a small paragraph in order to ‘train’ the software (this takes no longer than a few minutes to set up). They can then speak into their microphone or headset and see their spoken words transformed into typed text. They can launch applications, select menu items, execute key functions, switch windows, search the web, create and send emails, and much more, all through using their voice. It gives the individual the ability to work hands-free if desired and get more of their work done faster. Dragon Premium is available as a box copy and digital download for Windows. Follow this link to find out more >> http://ian.lt/1OlqZzx

Dragon for Mac works in the same way as Dragon Premium; however it has just been upgraded to the latest version for Mac and is 15% more accurate than its previous version. Due to the leap in Apple Mac technology, Dragon for Mac can be used without a headset or external microphone if required, and can be used with the built-in Mac microphone. Dragon for Mac is available as a box copy and digital download for Mac. Follow this link to find out more >> http://ian.lt/1LyFCR4

Dragon Professional Individual is much more advanced than other versions and delivers fast speech recognition at work to boost productivity. Users can transcribe voice notes from their smartphone or Nuance approved digital voice recorder and convert this to digital text quickly, easily and accurately. Create customisations and personalisation features to shortcut repetitive tasks, for example, saying ‘insert signature’ and Dragon will fill in your contact details. Dictate industry specific terminology and Dragon will type every word correctly with the ability to import custom vocabularies. Dragon Professional Individual is available as a box copy and digital download for Windows. Follow this link to find out more >> http://ian.lt/1L8rAQw

Dragon Anywhere, which will be available this autumn on iOS and Android, is a new, cloud based mobile app that offers professional dictation to users. Create and edit documents, reports and more, using customised vocabulary, voice shortcuts and auto-text commands. The app automatically synchronises auto-text commands and custom words with Dragon for Mac or Dragon Professional Individual desktop editions for seamless productivity in the office or on the go. Dragon Anywhere will be available as a subscription based application from autumn 2015. Call us on +44 (0) 1223 420101 to find out more.

What hardware is available?

We recommend Andrea Electronics headsets and microphones to accompany your Speech Recognition software. Andrea headsets have the highest voice recognition industry rating and have noise-cancelling technology which means the accuracy of your software is greatly improved. If you would like to find out more about Andrea Electronics products, please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1JUBiUW

Dyslexia Awareness Week: What is Dyslexia and where can I find support?

As part of Dyslexia Awareness Week, we here at Dyslexic.com wanted to delve into some of the questions surrounding dyslexia…

What is dyslexia?

There are so many different definitions of dyslexia it’s sometimes difficult to keep up! Putting it simply, dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that mainly affects reading and writing. It is a disability that affects approximately 1 in 10 people of all ages, races, backgrounds and abilities.

Each individual with dyslexia can be affected in a different way, but they tend to experience difficulties in the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Expressing their ideas
  • Sequencing
  • Differentiating between left and right
  • Orientation
  • Short-term memory
  • Time Management
  • Organisation

It is, however, important to remember that many dyslexic individuals have strengths and talents that can be used to compensate for these difficulties. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) state that they often have strong visual, creative and problem solving skills, and are prominent among entrepreneurs, inventors, architects, engineers and in the arts and entertainment world.


Where can I go for help if I have dyslexia?

Dyslexia is recognised as a disability under the Equality Act 2010, and therefore there is support available for individuals with dyslexia.

From 1st September 2014, The Children and Families Act and the new SEND Code of Practice came into effect. This act means that parents can now have a real say in decisions that affect their children and can challenge any decisions they disagree with. More information is set out in your Local Offer from your local authority. To find out more about what the SEND Reform means for you, please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1nWOVPI

If you are a full-time or part-time student attending Higher Education, you may be eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) grant. The DSA is a Government grant which helps to meet extra costs that you may face as a result of your disability or specific learning difficulty. This can pay for specialist equipment (a computer or assistive technology equipment), non-medical helpers, extra travel and other disability-related costs of studying. As of 2015, students are required to pay the first £200 of their order. You can find out more about the DSA by following this link >>http://ian.lt/1jCx3s8

If you are in employment, you may be eligible for the Access to Work (AtW) grant. This is a government grant that can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition. How much you receive will depend on your circumstances. The money can pay for things such as adaptations to the equipment you use, special equipment (assistive technology), travel costs, a support work or job coach, support services, disability awareness training for your colleagues, and more. You can find out more about AtW by following this link >> http://ian.lt/1VsfY5h

What is assistive technology and how can it help my dyslexia?

Assistive technology (AT) is extremely helpful for those with dyslexia and other disabilities. There is a wide range of AT available from www.dyslexic.com and throughout Dyslexia Awareness Week we will be posting a daily blog post to give an insight into the different types of AT and who it can support. To keep up to date with assistive technology and how it can help you, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook: