Video Description & Transcript:
  Computer Access: Speech Recognition

Caption: [Computer Access: Speech Recognition]

Oscar is facing a computer while sitting in his power wheelchair. He is speaking into a headset microphone and the computer transcribes what he says.

Oscar: “I’m a junior this year.”

Narrator: “Speech recognition products allow users to bypass the computer completely.”

Oscar: “I use a program that helps me type; whatever I say, it types. It’s a microphone; I talk into the microphone and it types it out on the computer screen.”

The computer monitor shows words appearing on the screen as they are typed.

Narrator: “Speech recognition software converts spoken words into text on the computer. The person using it can speak into the microphone with pauses between words, or in a normal talking manner. Discrete speech, with pauses, allows errors to be fixed as they occur.”

Susanna is speaking into her headmic while seated in front of a computer.

Susanna: “The truth is…”

Narrator: “With continuous speech systems, the user makes corrections after the sentence or paragraph is finished.”

Susanna: “Most of us are intimidated by computers.”

Narrator: “To use speech recognition technology effectively, it’s important to have good voice and breath stamina. Good reading comprehension is also helpful, because there are always corrections to the program’s text output.”

Susanna: “But it gets easier with practice.”

[Used with permission from:

University of Washington
206-685-DOIT (Voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (FAX)

Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

These clips are from “Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments” Copyrighted 2000]