[Athen] A Dragon question
gdietrich at htctu.net
Fri Jun 27 10:03:43 PDT 2008
You are absolutely correct in all that you say...and my advice, let him use
it anyway. Odds are he'll fail very quickly, and that will be the end of it.
He'll move on to the next great idea.
Any other course of action on your part, and you become "the problem."
Just my two cents. ;-)
Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
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Behalf Of Wink Harner
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 8:33 AM
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Subject: [Athen] A Dragon question
This is a question about DNS use as appropriate accommodation, not a
question. A student has multiple disorders including OCD & inability to
his voice. He is demanding Dragon Naturally Speaking [which would be limited
to use in our adaptive lab where it is loaded --an 8-station lab in the
with other people working/talking/using computers]. I explained how one has
to speak in grammatically correct (more or less) English and be able to
tone & pitch reasonably well with the voice in order to receive optimum
& recognition. He is not asking for this as an accommodation, nor does he
have any documentation that would necessarily support it as an
but rather he wants to have it for "taking notes" for personal use and
He is unable to control his anger & frustration and I tried very hard to
explain that there were other, better options which he could use at home,
including purchasing DNS on his own, purchasing a portable speech-to-text
recorder which is a lot more portable. IMHO, the control, both of having
to think in grammatically correct English and of the voice itself would
the OCD and not work well with this student.
Any suggestions from you wise ones?
Ms. Wink Harner
Disability Resources & Services
Mesa Community College
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