Speech Technology for Literacy Learning disabilities affect more people than any other disability. Estimates of incidence in the general population vary from 14% to 22%. Computer-based technologies can have significant impact on individuals with learning disabilities in education, employment, and recreation. Speech technology is a particularly promising tool for breaking through barriers of ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
Speech Technology for Literacy
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  • Bruce Mahaffey
    IBM Corporation, Austin, TX
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
Speech Technology for Literacy
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 27-28. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.27
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 27-28. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.27
Learning disabilities affect more people than any other disability. Estimates of incidence in the general population vary from 14% to 22%. Computer-based technologies can have significant impact on individuals with learning disabilities in education, employment, and recreation. Speech technology is a particularly promising tool for breaking through barriers of learning, and utilizing auditory learning to compensate for textual problems.
There are four speech technologies that are used in software that may be helpful in overcoming learning disabilities.
When used for dictation, speech recognition programs use statistics of your word usage to predict what you will say next as you are speaking. For the speaker with normal language, this prediction increases accuracy and speed. For a person with unusual grammar or irregular word usage, speech recognition may not be performed in a satisfactory manner.
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