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This module is about Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) which is the process of turning spoken words into written text. This module will define ASR, discuss why it is used, who can benefit and list many resources for ASR products.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 17 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Identify the important benefits of using automatic speech recognition for students and others with disabilities
  2. Describe the characteristics of good candidates for the use of automatic speech recognition for text entry
  3. Explain the differences between speech recognition and text-to-speech software
  4. Describe optimal operational environments for use of automatic speech recognition software
  5. Identify sources of readily available automatic speech recognition software
  6. Identify the hardware requirements for use of automatic speech recognition software

Module Authors

Thomas H. Reuss, M.Ed.

Mr. Thomas Reuss is a retired former instructor in the School of Intervention Services at Bowling Green State University where he taught courses in the area of assistive technology. Prior to his teaching, he held several positions, including teacher, school principal, special education supervisor, and assistive technology consultant for State Support Team Region 1. Tom holds a master's degree in Special Education from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Toledo. Tom has presented at many state and local conferences in the area of assistive technology over the past several years.

Module Contributors

Jan Rogers, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Jan Rogers is currently an AT and AEM consultant having retired as the Program Director of the OCALI AT&AEM Center in 2023. She is an occupational therapist and is also a RESNA certified ATP who has worked in a variety of agencies serving the needs of individuals with disabilities. She has taught assistive technology courses at Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and Ashland University. She is a published author of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topic of assistive technology. Additionally, she has been a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences on the topic of assistive technology.

Heather J. Bridgman M.S., ATP

Heather Bridgman is a rehabilitation engineer and has worked in both the medical and educational environments. Her specialties include computer access, augmentative communication, universal design for learning and online learning. She presents regionally and nationally on these topics. Heather has earned a master's degree in systems engineering as well as a teaching license in the area of high school mathematics. She is currently employed with the OCALI AT&AEM Center as an Assistive Technology Consultant. Bridgman is certified as a RESNA Assistive Technology Professional, teaches AT courses at Ashland University and is a co-author of the book "Show Me: A Teacher's Guide to Video Modeling".

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