Voice Recognition Technology for Persons who have Motoric Disabilities

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Voice recognition technology (VRT) allows a person to speak into a microphone to operate a computer instead of using a keyboard. VRT is a viable option available for individuals with motor disabilities who have difficulty using a keyboard.

This paper examines the growth of voice recognition technology and how VRT works. The authors relate experiences from using VRT for word processing tasks and give examples of VRT applications. The matching of the individual with disabilities to the VRT is considered for achieving the desired benefits. Finally, a list of resources and vendors for voice recognition technology products are provided for individuals with disabilities and for those who counsel individuals with disabilities.

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