[Athen] Note taking assistance for a student who is blind

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Fri Mar 1 10:26:59 PST 2019

Sorry to post yet again, but I have a few other thoughts.

I personally record when the material is complex but then I like to use an audio editor to pull out the parts of the lecture I didn't quite get. I then delete all the rest of the recording so I have less to listen to. Though I am competent at taking notes in Braille or using a standard keyboard I find it distracts me from trying to listen to the lecture, especially if it's conceptually tricky material.

My favorite of everything out there is Studio Recorder from APH, but it's a couple of hundred bucks. I just love this editor! It uses standard Word Processor keystrokes for moving through the audio; it has low-vision features for working with the wav files directly and it makes it super easy to cut and paste audio.


The cheapest option is the free Audacity
which now does work with screen readers but there's a learning curve; see

GoldWave is also much easier to use and screen reader friendly:

There are also several accessible Mac options and for the iDEVICES a couple as well. Searching

is your best bet for tracking those down with user comments.

I think any audio learner needs to master an audio editor and of course many are better suited for a sighted mouse user. The act of getting in there and editing the audio solidifies the material in your brain much better than just listening to it passively! That is of course why Sonocent works so well.

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Kluesner, Bryon
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:25 PM
To: 'athen-list at u.washington.edu' <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Note taking assistance for a student who is blind

Hi all,

I was speaking to a student who was blind about a Live Scribe workshop I was preparing for. He stated he would like to use one. I tried to explain the visual component of it and asked if a student used one in class to take notes for him, how would he know where on the page to tap for the pen to initiate the audio? I asked why he didn't like to use a digital recorder and he stated listening to it was like listening to the class twice and the recorder, he stated, would help go to the parts in the lecture he wanted to listen to faster. I am having a hard time with the concept of a student who is blind and the benefits for using a Live Scribe pen.

Has anyone else faced this issue? Is there any other technology that would, in essence, function similarly to the Live Scribe that would be helpful for the student?

As always, I appreciate the feedback I get from this list.

Have a nice week.


Bryon Kluesner, RhD
Adaptive Technology Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
Adjunct Professor
College of Health, Education & Professional Studies

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