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Division of Standards and Learning Office of Exceptional Children Assistive Technology Services. Speech Recognition . Valeska Gioia, Ed.S. Stacy Springer, MS, OTR/L, ATP Mark Daniels, MS Ed. SC Department of Education Assistive Technology Specialists. What Exactly is Speech Recognition?.

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speech recognition

Division of Standards and Learning

Office of Exceptional Children

Assistive Technology Services

Speech Recognition

Valeska Gioia, Ed.S.

Stacy Springer, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Mark Daniels, MS Ed.

SC Department of Education

Assistive Technology Specialists

what exactly is speech recognition
What Exactly is Speech Recognition?
  • Speech Recognition is the process of translating spoken words into text words on the computer. 
  • Through a speech recognition program/application, the computer is able to process words you say and turn them into text on the screen just as if you had typed them on the keyboard. 
how speech recognition can benefit students
How Speech Recognition Can Benefit Students

Dictation has the potential to improve the writing performance of students with learning disabilities by removing the barriers created by the difficulties with mechanics.

speech recognition1

Speech Recognition

To support quality of writing

Removes the motor demands of writing

Written Productivity Profile = difficulty with both writing & keyboarding

More restrictive

Requires quiet environment, consistency is more important than articulation

Typically not used for note taking, but for homework and independent written work

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To support access

  • For students who are not able to physically access the keyboard and mouse
  • Requires quiet environment, consistency is more important than articulation
  • Most likely require a program that provides full control of the computer (i.e. Dragon Naturally Speaking)
Speech Recognition
benefits and challenges
Benefits and Challenges

Concentration and attention

Reading and speech

Pronunciation and articulation

  • Visual Motor
  • Spelling
  • Ergonomics
  • Hands-free use
  • Endurance


cognitive skills
Cognitive Skills
  • Proficiency in the use of speech recognition requires good levels of concentration, memory and other cognitive skills. In order for a student to use speech recognition independently, good cognitive skills are essential for memorizing commands as well as making effective use of correction strategies.


consistency of speech
Consistency of Speech

Consistency of speech and pronunciation is one of the most important prerequisites for success in using speech recognition. As long as any user is able to say words and phrases in the same or similar manner each time, speech recognition programs can learn to recognize individual patterns of speech. way each time.The user's voice quality, such as volume and pitch, and breath control should also be taken into account. The bottom line in terms of speech, is that it should be intelligible and consistent, but it need not be perfect in terms of articulation, pronunciation and quality.


reading and writing
Reading and Writing

Students who read at a third-grade level or higher, and who achieve scores of 1 on most of the items on the evaluation form, have extremely high potential for using speech recognition independently. In addition those students who are able to accurately isolate word recognition errors and make corrections/edit their work will do well with speech-recognition.


student evaluation form free
Student Evaluation Form - Free


qiat resource quality indicators for assistive technology services
QIAT ResourceQuality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services

This document contains information from various sources on handwriting and/or keyboarding rates.


speech recognition ms office 2003 open ms word tools speech
Speech Recognition: MS Office 2003 Open MS Word→ Tools → Speech
  • This enables the language bar for both speech-to-text and text-to-speech options
  • You will be guided through training needed to create a user voice profile (15 minutes)
  • You will need a microphone
  • Can dictate directly into MS Office, not other applications
speech recognition vista and windows 7

Built into the Operating SystemOpen Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition. Click Set up microphone, follow the instructions in the wizard.Dictate into almost any application (i.e. word processing, internet).

Speech Recognition –

Vista and Windows 7

denise decoste s written productivity profile
Denise DeCoste’s Written Productivity Profile


microsoft speech recognition windows 7
Microsoft Speech Recognition – Windows 7


dragon naturally speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking


voice recorder with dragon software
Voice Recorder with Dragon Software


dragon dictate for iphone ipad
Dragon Dictate for iPhone/iPad


dragon remote microphone
Dragon Remote Microphone


via voice
Via Voice


speak q
Speak Q


tazti speech recognition for windows xp and windows 7
Tazti Speech Recognition for Windows XP and Windows 7

Tazti (pronounced 'tasty') features include jot-a-note dictation, advanced voice search internet search sites, playing your favorite PC games, controlling iTunes, bookmark control, & web navigation. Create and use your own speech commands.


my voice controller
My Voice Controller
  • My Voice Controller allows you to emulate mouse and keyboard inputs by using your voice.
  • Common uses for this software are gaming and assistance for the disabled/injured.
  • This software is free and is compatible with XP and Vista.


e speaking voice and speech recognition
e-Speaking Voice and Speech Recognition
  • Free Download of software
  • Over 100 commands built-in
  • Ability to add more commands
  • Runs in Windows2000 and Windows XP
  • Utilizes latest technologies from Microsoft
  • Seamlessly integrate with Office
  • Voice commands of Mouse events


math talk
Math Talk


comparison chart
Comparison Chart
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Speak Q
  • Microsoft Accessibility
  • Dictate (MAC Product)




ways to train speech recognition programs
Ways to Train Speech Recognition Programs
  • Reading favorite books (consider various reading levels of students)
  • Lyrics.com (clean versions)
  • Poetry books
  • Poetry.com
easy to read dragon scripts
Easy to Read Dragon Scripts


success vs effort
Success vs. Effort
  • An extremely important point when considering the potential use of speech recognition by students with learning and physical challenges, is that speech recognition is not a plug-and-play technology, but a complex technological solution requiring extensive training, patience, perseverance and support.
not appropriate for everyone
Not Appropriate for Everyone
  • Speech recognition will not work for all students, and it is important to go through an initial evaluation in order to determine if the student has the potential to cope.A positive note about the future of speech recognition, is that since it is becoming more accurate and the technology is improving, we will find that more and more students are able to use this program in the future.
excellent resource for speech recognition programs
Excellent Resource for Speech Recognition Programs



Training videos for Dragon Naturally Speaking:


Features and possibilities of speech recognition:




research articles on speech recognition
Research Articles on Speech Recognition
  • Koester, H.H. (2006). Factors that Influence the Performance of Experienced Speech Recognition Users. Assistive Technology, 18(1): 56-76.
  • Koester, H.H. (2004). Usage, Performance, and Satisfaction Outcomes for Experienced Users of Speech Recognition. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 41(5): 739-754.
  • Koester, H.H. (2003). Abandonment of Speech Recognition Systems. by New Users. Proceedings of RESNA 2003 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Arlington, VA: RESNA Press.
  • Koester, H.H. (2002). User Performance with Speech Recognition Systems: A Literature Review. Assistive Technology, 13(2):116-30.
south carolina assistive technology program
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program

The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) is located in Columbia, SC: provides state-wide resources; demonstration lab for public; free trial loan of AT devices (pay only return shipping), and annual AT Expo.


sccatn wiki sc collaborative assistive technology network http sccatn wikispaces com

SCCATN WIKI! SC Collaborative Assistive Technology Networkhttp://sccatn.wikispaces.com

Upcoming Vendor Links


Best Practice in AT

sc department of education assistive technology specialists ats


The mission of Assistive Technology Services (ATS) is to provide assistive technology support, training, consultation, equipment, and technical assistance to educators who teach students at risk of academic failure and students with disabilities.

SC Department of EducationAssistive Technology Specialists (ATS)
ats services

Professional Development

Presentations, workshops, and trainings on assistive technology for districts and regions, both in person and online;

Training on conducting assistive technology evaluations and assessments for local staff.

Funding Assistance

Identification of funding sources

Research into grant opportunities

Formation of funding networks among AT professionals

additional ats services

Technical Assistance

Formation and support of AT teams within schools and districts

Collaborative sessions with instructional technology specialists

Recommendations on interventions for assisting students at risk of academic failure and students with disabilities

ENEWS – AT Connect

News on free software, scheduled trainings, and upcoming conferences

Additional ATS Services
assistive technology specialists
Assistive Technology Specialists
  • Coastal Region
  • Stacy Springer, MS, OTR/L, ATP
  • Charleston, SC
  • 843-628-4542
  • sspringer@ed.sc.gov
  • Midlands Region
  • Valeska Gioia, Ed.S
  • Columbia, SC
  • 803-316-3190
  • vgioia@ed.sc.gov
  • Upstate Region
  • Mark Daniels, MS, Ed.
  • Greenville, SC
  • 864-355-3708
  • mdaniels@ed.sc.gov