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"…for the disability population, Dragon is not a luxury or a timesaver, it is truly a lifesaver/life enhancer."
Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the world’s best-selling speech recognition software for the PC, enables users to work virtually hands free when creating documents, accessing data, or navigating their computer desktop. That’s why it has become an invaluable accessibility tool for people with impairments ranging from paralysis to repetitive stress injuries that make typing painful or impossible. By taking away the mechanical aspects of typing or handwriting, Dragon helps people with language-based learning disabilities to express their thoughts in writing with greater speed and ease. Dragon helps people with articulation and pronunciation problems complete daily tasks on the computer because it delivers up to 99% accuracy right out of the box. It even tunes itself to what you say and how you say it to deliver increasingly better recognition results over time.
Hands-Free PC Use
Adding Dragon 12’s speech recognition capabilities to the PC enables users to work virtually hands free when creating documents, accessing data, or navigating their desktop. Dragon 12 provides a more efficient way to control a 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 12 removes many of the challenges some people face when trying to intelligently express their thoughts in writing. In addition, as speech recognition has improved over the years, more and more students with articulation and pronunciation problems can use the software to complete daily tasks. Dragon 12 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 the Visually Impaired
Dragon 12 offers speech output capabilities so that users can have text read aloud to them. The system works with most popular screen readers, such as JAWS, helping visually impaired users to work more effectively.
Prevention of Repetitive Stress Injuries
According to the former US Secretary of Labor, "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 12 will change the way they interact with the PC, enabling them to be fully productive without aggravating their condition. For others, using Dragon can help prevent repetitive stress injuries in the first place.
Section 508 Certified
Because Dragon 12 is Section 508 certified, it can help organizations meet disability management requirements. It complies with the US government's standards for ensuring software applications are accessible to people with disabilities.
"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. Dragon has turned his disability to an ability."
"Programs 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 timesaver, it is truly a lifesaver/life enhancer."
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."
Dragon Solutions — RSI to ROI
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, musculo-skeletal disorders, including repetitive stress injuries, are one of the largest job-related injury and illness problems in the United States. This whitepaper 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.