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Dragon 16 Software: Empowering Neurodivergent Individuals in the Workplace

Jul 1, 2024

2-minute read

Introduction

Technology plays a crucial role in enhancing productivity and ensuring inclusivity. One such transformative tool is Dragon 16 software by Nuance, a leading speech recognition software that has significantly impacted how people work. This blog explores how this software supports neurodivergent individuals in the workplace, fostering an inclusive environment, and unlocking their full potential.

What is Dragon 16 software?

Dragon 16 is the latest version of Nuance’s renowned speech recognition software. It enables users to control their computers, create documents, and manage communications through voice commands. The software boasts high accuracy, fast processing, and the ability to adapt to the user’s voice over time, making it a powerful tool for all, especially useful for individuals with neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia, ADHD, and Autism.

How Dragon 16 supports neurodiversity

Below are four ways that Dragon 16 supports and empowers individuals in the workplace:

  1. Enhancing communication:
    • Speech-to-text: converts spoken words into written text with remarkable accuracy. This feature is invaluable for individuals with Dyslexia, who may find typing challenging.
    • Voice commands: for individuals with ADHD who may struggle with focus, using voice commands to navigate through tasks can reduce the cognitive load, allowing them to maintain concentration on their core work.
  2. Boosting productivity:
    • Faster document creation: enables users to create documents up to three times faster than typing with up to 99% recognition accuracy (Nuance, 2024). This speed is particularly beneficial for individuals with Dysgraphia, who may find writing physically exhausting and time-consuming.
    • Automating repetitive tasks: the software can be programmed to execute commands with a single voice prompt, reducing the time spent on repetitive tasks and minimising distractions.
  3. Improving accessibility:
    • Customisable vocabulary: users can add specialised terms, acronyms, and jargon to the software’s vocabulary.
    • Adaptive learning: it learns and adapts to the user’s voice and speaking style over time. This feature ensures consistent performance, making it easier for users to rely on the software as an essential tool in their daily workflow.
  4. Supporting diverse work styles:
    • Multimodal input supports both voice and keyboard inputs, allowing users to switch between methods based on their comfort and task requirements.
    • Mobile accessibility: with the Dragon Anywhere mobile app, users can access speech recognition capabilities on their mobile devices. This mobility ensures that individuals who work in different environments can maintain their productivity without being tied to a desktop computer.

More information:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 or 11 (64 Bit).
  • RAM: 4GB minimum (8GB Recommended).
  • Free hard disk space: 12 GB.
  • Internet connection: required for activation.
  • Number of Installations: 2 computers.

Recommended training:

  • Dictation only: 1-2 sessions.
  • Dictation & Commands: 2-3 sessions.
  • Command creation: 3-4 sessions.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dragon or other software, then check out our Assistive Technology Overview Booklet – https://thriiver.co.uk/assistive-technology-overviews/

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