Writing: 1. Speech recognition
1. Speech recognition
It is possible to speak to a computer and dictate what you want to say. Speech recognition is only 95% accurate but for many dyslexic writers, that is much better than they would get by typing.
There are several options:
- Free: Built-in speech recognition in Windows
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking is the only commercial alternative but it is quite affordable and very high quality.
- WordQSpeakQ uses the Windows built-in speech recognition but adds several very useful features that make it much more usable for dyslexic writers.
Speech recognition requires that you train yourself as well as your computer. It cannot just write down anything that is said in front of the computer. But if you struggle with writing, it is well worth the effort of learning how to use it.
Watch this video of a young dyslexic student explaining how he uses speech recognition to help him succeed.
You can read detailed reviews of the latest speech recognition technologies, in this series of Tech Thursday blog posts:
Did you know?
Assistive technologies can help you with daily tasks including reading, writing, organisation and maths.