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Workplace Adjustment: Voice to Text Software


A woman holds up a phone to her mouth in her right hand and is talking into the phone using voice to text software. A blue block sits at the bottom of the screen with the words #Workplaceadjustments overlaid. An orange bock sits underneath it wiht the words 'Voice to text' overlaid in white.

What is it?


Voice-to-text software, also known as speech recognition software, is a type of software that allows users to convert speech into text or commands, removing the mechanics of typing and spelling.


Standard computer input devices are keyboards made for typists who use two hands and ten fingers; speech recognition software is made for computer users with a variety of limitations, including individuals with no hand or finger movement.


How does it help?


Individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and learning impairments may have difficulty accessing computers. Traditionally, a computer user accesses a computer with a standard point-and-click mouse and a QWERTY keyboard. Individuals with physical, sensory, or developmental limitations may not be able to use these standard input devices effectively and may benefit from using speech recognition.


Voice-to-text software can help employees with:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a degenerative disease that prevents neurons from sending impulses to the muscles. The muscles weaken over time, impacting dexterity in operating a mouse or keyboard, and the condition may eventually affect the muscles required for breathing, resulting in death. Symptoms include slowness in either movement or speech.

Arthritis

Cerebral Palsy

Muscular Dystrophy

Parkinson's Disease

Multiple sclerosis (MS)


 

Looking for more detailed information on workplace adjustments?


The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues. Serving customers across the United States and around the world for more than 35 years, JAN provides free practical guidance and technical assistance on job accommodation solutions, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.


 

Do you want to be a more inclusive and accessible employer?


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