Subject: Re: monitor refresh rates & epilepsy
From: miriam clinton (iriXx) (iriXx@iriXx.org)
Date: Tue Jan 18 2005 - 03:56:33 EST
thanks... i'll have a good read, just looking at the software and
hardware you have available it looks to be very interesting indeed.
as for tools for dyslexia, there is a free download called browsealoud -
it reads aloud when mousing over the text - i was referred to it from
www.dyslexia.com. i havent tried the Kurzweil 1000, and would be very
interested to look at it... i remember you reccomending Dragon's speech
to text program also. i've tried Windows XP's speech to text and other
tools, which are helpful as far as a major operating system working
towards accessibility, but it has variable results, from accurate to
hilariously or frustratingly wrong. leaving the XP speech to text
running in a public cafe produces some interesting poetry... spookily,
it also 'learns' keywords from your other materials in your computer.
i'm aware these things have to be trained to recognise your voice, and
with a bit of practise i was able to use it better over the month that i
had difficulties with typing.
i'd be very interested to read Scott Wyatt's papers too, if they're
again, thank you for providing such a resource for students, and for
people like me searching on the web, it has also been very helpful to
find tools which have helped me a lot.
Elizabeth Hinkle wrote:
>Anyone interested in what we have to offer in our lab can go to
>Our equipment and software is pretty much up to date; I am breaking in a
>tech so I don't think he has been able to check everything yet!
>We do not have alot of software yet for dyslexia; it is a relatively new
>us but as more students get diagnosed, we get more of a call for it. We
>have a Kurzweil 1000 (which as you probably know - in addition to its
>powerful scanning tools for the blind - also offers special reading
>accommodations for those
>with dyslexia). We are going to probably be buying a Kurzweil 3000 next
>very powerful tools for those with dyslexia and reading disabilities.
>It is a very interesting area which I kind of 'fell into.' If you are
>ever interested in how to design a studio properly for persons with
>disabilities, my old teacher Scott Wyatt , at the U of Illinois has
>designed studios in this way and has written some fabulous papers on the
>topic. I used his research and writings when designing our lab.
>Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner
>Student Computing Services Manager
>UNT Computing Center
>ISB 129 940-565-4808 firstname.lastname@example.org
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