What is Assistive Technology?

Speech recognition and digital dictation are extremely beneficial to businesses looking to improve their workflow and boost productivity. However, one of the common uses for speech technology is to enhance learning, working and the day to day lives for those with disabilities.

Assistive technology (AT) are devices, software applications, and equipment that increases, maintains or improves the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities (ATIA). This can be anything from special purpose computers to wheelchairs and educational software.

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Speech Recognition

As The Speech Recognition People, we understand speech to text software inside out and understand its value to those with physical impairments or learning differences.

We at VoicePower have personal experience with clients affected by multiple sclerosis and hemispherical paralysis.

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In both cases, Dragon speech recognition has assisted these people in developing their careers. Furthermore, the technology can also be used for general duties such as sending emails, creating documents and using other PC applications such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Word.

Find out more about voice recognition software.

"Without Dragon, my attempt to return back to work would have been hindered, 100%. It has given me back an element of my personal and professional independence"
Chris Wood, former rally driver come, automotive support expert.

Voice recognition is also helpful in managing conditions such as:

  • Visual impairment
  • Motor skill difficulty
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

Find out more about how speech recognition can be beneficial to Dyslexia students and employees.

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Digital Dictation

Digital dictation is also a popular solution that is can be beneficial and helpful to those affected by disability. Especially in the case of learning difficulties, voice recorders are an effective way to record information. Whether it be the sheer volume of a report that needs writing or the pressure of spelling, digital dictation offers a solution to these common barriers for those with Dyslexia differences, for example.

Digital dictation allows users to record information immediately, whilst it is fresh in the mind. Only at a later time will users need to consider writing etiquettes such as spelling and grammar. Evidently, this eliminates the pressure of correct transcription and focuses on the task in hand: recording information. Find out more about digital dictation.

Other forms of assistive technology

Although large parts of our work, speech recognition, and digital dictation aren't the only forms of assistive technology that VoicePower supply. We also can also provide and train people on:

  • ZoomText
  • TextHelp
  • Livescribe Smartpens

Coping Strategies

Coping strategies are psychological patterns that individuals use to manage thoughts, feelings, and actions encountered during various stages of ill health and treatments (Science Direct). If you have a condition that is affecting your mindset and general outlook on life, let us help. Our team of dedicated experts is readily on hand to explore how your health is affecting you. We will take into account these factors in order to find a solution that will help you to cope better. Common conditions that we can help with are:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Social anxiety

Coping strategies, if implemented correctly, can...

  • Help you to be comfortable in social environments
  • Improve your overall job satisfaction
  • Allow you to work better within a team
  • Provide a wider understanding of your condition and the effects it can have on your work-life
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Assistive Technology

It is worth knowing that if you require assistive technology, VoicePower supports the government's access to work scheme.

This program provides government funding to people that require specific equipment in order to do their role.

If you would like to learn more about our access to work scheme or assistive technology services, please contact us today.

Our speech technology experts are more than happy to have a chat with you about your objectives and requirements and find the best solution for you.