AT Writing Support Software

Writing software helps you increase the speed at which you type.

Hand Writing Recognition

Tablets are proving useful for their portability and connectivity. Hand writing recognition has been around for a long time but it now has become more portable and affordable through the use of tablets and smart phones. Some one with hand motor challenges may find these blogs useful.

On a computer:

On a tablet or smart phone:

  • A Macademise blog that compares 3 iPad apps (7NotesHD, NotesPlus, WritePad):

Voice Dictation/Recognition

Voice Dictation/Recognition Voice recognition requires a few considerations before undertaking it. It requires patience to use it and the ability to correct mistakes, a clear voice pattern with minimal accent or environmental noises. Voice recognition today analyses words in context and predicts the best fit.

There are a variety of options that have no cost, depending on the platform you are wanting to dictate:

Windows 10

Mac OSX

iOS mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

Android mobile device

For purchase software is also an option. Dragon Naturally Speaking is the leader in voice dictation and it runs on Windows. They have discontinued support for their Mac and mobile product.

Word Prediction

A window on the screen follows the typing cursor and tries to predict the word you are typing. The goal is to minimize keystrokes. Custom vocabulary lists can be imported and some software can read the words aloud to help in comprehension.

Word prediction considerations include:

  • Is typing uncomfortable or slow?
  • Are you able to not be lead in content by the prediction window?

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Co:Writer

FREE on the mac - Word prediction. Suggests words after typing a few letters.

Where to Find It: In many applications simply start typing and press either F5 or the Esc key

Mouse and Keyboard Alternatives

This type of assistive technology software and hardware require website and application developers to ensure keyboard functionality and keep accessibility guiding principles in mind.

Windows has an on-screen keyboard built in.

OptiKey is an on-screen keyboard for Windows. It is to be used with an eye-tracking device to bring keyboard control, mouse control and speech to people with motor and speech limitations, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Multiple Sclerosis or similar conditions. Check out www.OptiKey.org for more info and to download.

Eye Tracking Systems involve a camera mounted on a monitor or head born headset which monitors eye movement. The learnt eye gestures control the cursor or pointer and may be difficult.

There are various other hardware and software devices, less complicated such as: