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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 for Accessibility

Hands-Free PC Use

Nuance is extremely proud of its role in making computers and other devices accessible to all users. Adding speech recognition capabilities to the PC enables users to work virtually hands free when creating documents, accessing data, or navigating their desktop. Speech recognition has helped people with impairments ranging from paralysis to repetitive stress injury that make typing painful or impossible.

Using speech recognition takes away the mechanical aspects of typing or handwriting and therefore removes many of the challenges many people face when trying to intelligently express their thoughts in writing. In addition, as speech recognition has improved over the years, more and more people with articulation and pronunciation problems can use the software to complete daily tasks.

Because Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional is Section 508 certified, it can help organizations meet disability management needs. It meets the US government's standards for ensuring software applications are accessible to people with disabilities.

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.”

About 620,000 administrative and white collar US workers suffer from upper extremity disabilities. Recovery from MSDs require a longer absence from work than any other major injury or illness — on average 27 days! Conservative estimates of the economic burden imposed by MSDs, including workers compensation costs, lost wages, and lost productivity are between $45 and $54 billion each year worldwide.

Whether employees are permanently disabled or just in temporary rehabilitation, speech recognition tools can keep everyone on the job and reduce temporary employee costs. For employees who suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, speech recognition will change the way they interact with the PC, enabling them to be fully productive without aggravating their condition.

The pain of carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries can grow progressively worse until many individuals can no longer type without pain, perform their jobs, or even complete basic daily activities. By using voice to control the PC and create documents, employees reduce exposure to repetitive strain injuries. Employers save an average of $27,700 for each severe MSD prevented.

  • 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.

Jacalyn writes:

“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 savings and makes the auditing/comparison process much less tedious. Our entire company uses instant messaging as its preferred means of communicating with coworkers 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 writes:

“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.”

Laurie H. writes:

“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 writes:

“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.”