[Athen] Alternative to Dragon Nat Speaking

Alex Umstead awumstead at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 12:04:36 PST 2018

If you can bring mobile into the picture, Apple’s built-in dictation on iOS works quite nicely. I have a friend/former roommate who has an intellectual disability, and this is the only way he writes (he previously used an app called SpeakIt, but switched to Apple dictation when he upgraded to a Siri-capable iPhone). I use it pretty extensively, myself, despite being a pretty quick typist, including on iPhone.

From a desktop standpoint, Macs have had dictation built in for at least a few years (an has allowed offline dictation since at least OS X 10.9, in 2013 or 14), but I haven’t used it in a long time. Windows also has some dictation features that I’ve played around with, but I wasn’t particularly impressed with them (as of late 2015).


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On Jan 29, 2018, at 2:57 PM, Robert Beach <rbeach at KCKCC.EDU> wrote:

Many of my students have liked the speech-to-text feature of Read&Write. Some of them have actually liked it better.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913-288-7671
Email: rbeach at kckcc.edu

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kluesner, Bryon
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 1:49 PM
To: athen-list at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Athen] Alternative to Dragon Nat Speaking

Hi all,

Does anyone have any suggestions on a speech to text program, other than Dragon? I am looking for something that is not as complex as Dragon.



Bryon Kluesner, RhD
Adaptive Technology Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
Adjunct Professor
College of Health, Education & Professional Studies
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
103 Frist Hall
615 McCallie Avenue, Dept. 2953
Chattanooga, TN 37403

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