[Athen] Replacing Assistive Tech Products

Robert Spangler rspangler1 at udayton.edu
Mon Apr 13 08:43:18 PDT 2020

Hello everyone:

Unfortunately, as a result of recent events, our leadership at UD is asking
which AT products are we able to cancel for the 2020-21 academic year. I
am writing here to seek suggestions for free or lower-cost alternatives.
These products include:
Read and Write - I know that there are free text-to-speech alternatives
available. Can anyone recommend some for me to try? What would I lose
from Read and Write if I decided to opt for a free or low-cost solution?

Dragon - This one I feel will be harder to replace, but I'm looking for
opinions. I've already begun teaching my Mac students how to use the
built-in Mac Dictation, which is pretty good. Also, Nuance no longer
supports MacOS. Windows is a problem, however. Last time I checked,
Windows dictation didn't even come close to being as accurate as Dragon.
So again, any thoughts on this are welcome.


• OLR will be available via phone and email Mon-Fri from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
The office in Roesch 023 will not be open until further notice.
• Appointments for Disability Services, accommodations, and Voluntary
Medical Withdrawals will be conducted via telephone. To schedule, call
• Academic Coaching, Supplemental Instruction (SI), Tutoring, and the Write
Place will be accessible remotely.
• For instructions and current OLR updates, visit go.udayton.edu/learning

Robert Spangler
Disability Services Technical Support Specialist
rspangler1 at udayton.edu
Office of Learning Resources (OLR) - RL 023
Ryan C. Harris Learning & Teaching Center (LTC)
University of Dayton | 300 College Park | Dayton, Ohio 45469-1302
Phone: 937-229-2066
Fax: 937-229-3270
Ohio Relay: 711 (available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing)
Web Site: http://go.udayton.edu/learning
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