[Athen] notetaking solution that will sync notes/audio usable by blind student who doesn't know braille

Alexa Schriempf ats169 at psu.edu
Thu Jul 9 11:02:08 PDT 2015

You state VoiceOver so I'm assuming you need a mac platform? That
constrains things a bit....if perhaps a PC could be used, OneNote by
Microsoft is a possibility? I have not tested this for a blind user.

I do suspect that the time lag between audio and the typing out of the
notes is a big problem, which isn't addressed satisfactorily by any tool
that syncs typed text to audio on the fly, unless one can type REALLY fast.
What do others think about this? It is the one reason that I have not taken
up either the Livescribe Pen or Audio Note in my own content-capture

There is AudioNotetaker by Sonocent. This is a dream. It requires you to
change your entire workflow as a content-capturer, but that's the point.
And, if you are willing to put in time after class to clean up and organize
your notes, you're absolutely assured of learning the material as well.
However, I do not know if it's screen reader friendly. Josh Hori can
address that, and I copy him above to make sure he gets this question.
(Sorry, Josh! LOL!)


On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 1:51 PM, KRISTA L. GREEAR <greeark at uw.edu> wrote:

> Looking for the collective wisdom of this listserv -- do we know of any

> solutions where a blind student (who doesn't know braille) can

> simultaneously (a) take notes in class while (b) recording the lecture and

> (c) have the audio recording sync to his notes? Similar idea to a smartpen

> or audio recording/notetaking app.


> Just tested AudioNote with VoiceOver and it looks promising. I can record

> the professor without hearing VO's commands (as long as I have headphones

> plugged in and used in one ear so I can hear both VO and the prof). I can

> take notes although pecking the notes one at a time lengthens the time

> difference between the note and what the professor said.


> However, I can't selected a desired note and activate the audio recording

> that occurred when the note was originally typed. At least, I wasn't able

> to figure it out in 10 mins or less.


> The search notes feature is lacking for screen reader users. The indicator

> is strictly visually based with no VO notifications that a search was

> successful.


> Open to all suggestions,



> Krista Greear

> University of Washington | Disability Resources for Students

> Accessible Text & Technology Manager

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Alexa Schriempf, PhD
Access Tech Consultant
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