The Dragon Story
It's national-share-a-story month, the annual celebration of the power of story telling, and the theme this year is DRAGONS!
We thought it would be fitting to share a story about using Dragon (text-to-speech software by Nuance). Although it doesn't fly or breathe fire, we think it's pretty magical. It allows the user to dictate what they want to write- by speaking to the computer the words appear (as if by magic) on the screen!
This is Amy's story:
Before working with DnA I was working as a PA for a student who was in a wheelchair and physically unable to type. When I came to work he would dictate to me and I would type for him (I was a human dragon!) ... Anyway, one day after 2 years of working for him, I came to work knowing he had an essay due soon, so was prepared to type it for him... Instead he asked me to put this headset on him (I initially thought he wanted to play 'Call of Duty' or some sort of virtual procrastinating game!)...Trying to re-focus his attentions, I told him he had an essay to do, but he then he showed me this amazing software which typed what he said!! I was so happy for him, and he explained that using Dragon made him feel really good to be doing something the same as an able bodied person, and he really cherished this independence!
He's about to graduate this year :-)