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Access to Work Case Studies

Access to Work

Some of the many Access to Work Success Stories

Robin has very limited literacy skills; he is severely dyslexic. Despite this he is a Project Manager with a small manufacturing company. He has never been able to read or write a sentence of any complexity and tends to recognise words by their general shape. He needs to prepare regular, detailed reports on progress and personnel issues. Until he was provided with equipment through the Access to Work team he was becoming increasingly frustrated with the dictation and transcription service, which was becoming increasingly stretched.

Robin found the checking process tedious and embarrassing, as he had to rely on colleagues reading the corrected documents to him. The dictation-transcription-correction cycle was becoming stressful and error-prone. Robin now uses KeyStone SpeechMaster on a laptop computer. He also has a scanner. He received three days of training on the equipment, having had little previous experience of using a computer. He required Screen Speaker's special assistive features to enrol on the system. Within a few minutes of completing this phase, he had produced his first ever example of writing of which he had had any pride - an error-free paragraph of over 100 words. He now uses the text-reading facilities extensively.

Barry has very considerable literary talents but is moderately dyslexic, being unable to spell most words longer than six letters. His reading skills are good and he has a good typing speed. He is the Manager of a Children's Home. He needs to produce regular detailed reports that are often produced in court and must be accurate and well presented. As a hobby he prepares articles for publication in the National Geographic Magazine based on his tours to remote parts of the world.

Barry uses KeyStone SpeechMaster on a laptop computer. Having had considerable computer experience, he required only a single day of training. He does not yet wish to experiment with voice recognition as he values his typing ability. He relies heavily on ScreenSpeaker echoing back typed information and finds the homophone checker invaluable. KeySpell Ellipsis is particularly useful, having a very extensive dictionary which contains place names and surnames which Barry finds of considerable help. ScreenSpeaker's automatic homophone marker provides a separate facility for alerting him to the existence of homophones in the document.

Edward is moderately dyslexic. Unusually, his spelling skills are above average and he is often called upon to help colleagues who have trouble. His reading skills are rather below average. Also, his writing suffers from organisational difficulties in that Edward does not find it easy to put his thoughts onto paper although he can express himself very well verbally. He is a senior police officer who has had to struggle to be recognised for his undoubted operational talents. Edward received three days training in the use of the equipment, having no previous experience of a computer.

Edward uses KeyStone SpeechMaster on a laptop computer. He was able to train the voice recognition system within a few minutes and was astounded at the accuracy and power of the program. After a single day of training he was able to prepare and send e-mails and to experiment with formatting documents.

These are but a few of the many experiences of how KeyStone SpeechMaster has improved people's lives, increased their self-esteem and confidence, and allowed them to have successful careers.

These case studies are all supported by the Access to Work scheme and information can be provided in confidence by agreement with the Employment Service and the individuals concerned.

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