[Athen] talking dictionary for low vision, mobility impaired individual

Wink Harner wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu
Thu Sep 10 07:54:05 PDT 2009

Hi Howard et al ATHENITES,

If you're looking for an assist during the writing process, programs such
as Read Write Gold, Kurzweil and Wynn Wizard have spelling wizard components
as well as word completion, dictionaries which can list words by phonetic
association (words that can be typed phonetically and which will generate
a list of words which begin with that sound, are spelled correctly and which
you can click on for definitions). All three of these programs, I believe,
have a component which will read aloud with or without JAWS running. They
also can read letters aloud as they are being typed which may also help with
typing facility for your student.

Shelley has a good point about honing in on what the actual process it is
that she needs assistance with. With all of our great minds, I'm pretty sure
we can find a solution that will work for your student.



>-- Original Message --

>From: Shelley Haven <shelley at techpotential.net>

>To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen at athenpro.org>

>Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 23:59:52 -0700

>Subject: Re: [Athen] talking dictionary for low vision,

> mobility impaired individual

>Reply-To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen at athenpro.org>



>Hi, Howard!


>I'm trying to envision this -- Is her biggest need looking up words as

>she's writing in order to get the correct word (e.g., differentiating

>between homonyms); identifying words which have been misspelled and

>correcting them; or checking her words after they're written?


>Given the limited range of motion, I'm guessing that something which

>also increases typing rate would probably help, too, right? I wonder

>if something like WordQ would help., as it provides both the text-to-

>speech and word completion as well as spoken examples to help

>differentiate confusable words and homonyms. However, I may not be

>envisioning this user's problems correctly. It sounds like she would

>benefit from a dictionary where she can run through a list of words

>"which start with" certain letters, then choose the desired word for a



>- Shelley




>On Sep 9, 2009, at 11:14 PM, Howard Kramer wrote:


>> Hello All:


>> I'm working with someone who is both legally blind (uses Magic &

>> JAWS) and has limited use of her upper extremities. She can only

>> use one hand with limited range of motion (uses an Intellikeys

>> keyboard). She needs help with spelling. Does anyone have any

>> ideas for a talking dictionary (needs to be computer-based). I

>> was going to try TextHelp but I wanted to see if anyone else had

>> any ideas for this challenging situation.


>> Thanks in advance,

>> Howard


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Ms. Wink Harner
Disability Resources & Services
Mesa Community College
Mesa AZ


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