Could voice recognition software help students with dyslexia? This may in fact be true, according to new research from Dr Marshall H. Raskind, a learning disabilities researcher at the Frostig Center in California.
In an interview with the New York Times, he said he mentioned voice recognition helps dyslexics feel equal to their counterparts without the disorder.
"When someone feels they can express themselves in writing it can have positive implications for self-esteem. One guy told me, 'For the first time in my life I can write love letters.'," he told the newspaper.
According to Dr Raskind, who has been researching the use of this software since 1991, the technology has delivered astounding results.
Dyslexic students, even if highly expressive, tend to have a finite vocabulary that they use for writing.
However, the academic's interview when dyslexic students were able to use speech-to-text technology to dictate their assignments and exam papers they were able to use their full language potential.
How common is dyslexia?
It is a life-long disability that can affect people from every walk of life.
According to statistics released by the Australian Dyslexic Association, one in ten members of the population Down Under suffer from the disorder. However, it is not a disability that hampers IQ level and someone's desire to learn.
Therefore, while the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 recognises dyslexia as a disability, all learning institutions in Australian schools have a legal requirement to make sure that students with dyslexia are able to participate in a similar fashion to other students.
The intensity of the disorder tends to vary, nonetheless, there are ways to manage it in a way that does not interfere with their day-to-day life.
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