Using Speech Recognition Software to Improve Computer Usability for a Student with Cerebral Palsy
J. Marshall Mangan, The University of Western Ontario, Canada ; James H. Mangan, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper reports the results of an investigation into the potential of using commercially available ASR to improve the communication abilities of a person with speech and manual dexterity impairments resulting from Cerebral Palsy. We set out to investigate whether a short but intensive training program could allow this person, with above average intelligence but significant physical challenges, to improve his communications using a computer. Using both objective measurements of progress and interview data as to the subject’s satisfaction, we were able to document significant improvements in ability, productivity, and feelings of success. Our findings in this exploratory project, in the form of both increased capacity and positive subjective responses, point towards an area for more intensive research and development in the future.
Mangan, J.M. & Mangan, J.H. (2008). Using Speech Recognition Software to Improve Computer Usability for a Student with Cerebral Palsy. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 417-422). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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