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Accessibility solutions for individuals with physical challenges, such as carpal tunnel

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Many people with carpal tunnel or other RSI challenges turn to Dragon speech recognition to reduce the number of keystrokes and mouse clicks needed to create documents or manage computer applications. Controlling a computer by voice – for everything from sending an email to surfing the web -- is an ideal assistive technology for those who are disabled or who simply have difficulty completing daily computer tasks without pain or frustration.

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home speech recognition software helps students with learning disabilities reach their full potential. Instead of manually typing documents, students (or adults) with dyslexia or other language-based learning disabilities can create papers or complete reports simply by talking. Learn more about Dragon v12 Home Edition


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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium speech recognition software creates new levels of confidence and independence for students (or adults) with learning disabilities. Dragon Premium eliminates the frustrating elements of document creation so you can easily transfer your ideas into print without assistance. Learn more about Dragon v12 Premium Edition


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Dragon Dictate for Mac

Dragon Dictate speech recognition software helps Mac users get their thoughts on the page without worrying about typing and spelling. You talk and it types. So now it’s easier to complete papers, reports and other writing assignments that demonstrate your true creative potential. Produce papers, email or other written documents simply by speaking.  Learn more about Dragon Dictate 


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Hands-Free Computer Use
Adding Dragon speech recognition capabilities to a Mac or PC enables users to work virtually hands free when creating docu­ments, accessing data, or navigating their desktop. Dragon provides a more efficient way to control a computer that is less physically and cognitively taxing than other alternative input methods.

Reduce Mouse Clicks and Keyboard Strokes
For users who suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, Dragon will change the way they interact with the computer, enabling them to be fully productive without aggravating their condition. A writer that types 40 words per minute presses 12,000 keys per hour or 96,000 keys per 8-hour day. Every key press can be extremely painful, leading many to abbreviate their correspondence or abandon efforts to use the computer altogether. Dragon users simply dictate text at speeds of up to 160 words per minute, eliminating the need to touch the keyboard at all! Talking instead of typing also helps computer users work in more natural and varied positions (and even standing or stretching while they dictate) instead of being hunched over a keyboard.

Say It, Do It
Tell your PC what to do, such as “Search Google for Helen Keller,” and it does it. Dragon understands and obeys your voice commands. It even gets to know you better over time so recognition accuracy keeps increasing.

Use Your Favorite Applications
Use Dragon with your favorite applications to dictate reports, send email, surf the Web, update Facebook, and more -- using just your voice. 

Case Studies

Ncom Dragon Customer Reference Thumb NatschTackling Disability Head-On with Dragon Dictate
"It was literally like I had been wearing handcuffs and they had been removed," says quadriplegic Paul Natsch of his first experience with Dragon Dictate. "Now I can type as fast as or faster than any able-bodied person ... It makes me feel like I can do anything now."

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Duane French ThumbnailDragon: A Transformational Force
When Duane French was 14, looking to escape the summer heat with some friends, he dove off a bridge. This one act, however, left him a quadriplegic. The year was 1968, and assistive technologies were still in their early stages. Today, French uses Dragon on his home and work desktop computers, as well as on his laptop, so it’s always within reach. Discover how Dragon has become and integral component of Duane’s daily life.

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Evan UpchurchFreedom to Concentrate on Writing, Not Multiple Sclerosis
A few years ago, Evan Upchurch was a Microsoft employee working in the usability group, where he wrote reports to help the product teams understand how people use software. When he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, colleagues encouraged him to try Dragon NaturallySpeaking. He explains that Dragon enabled him to easily transition from using his hands to using his voice for nearly every aspect of computer usage.

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Bruce WalzDragon Is a Life-Changing Experience
Bruce Walz, paralyzed from the shoulders down after a motorcycle accident, tried speech recognition software years ago with mixed results. But after trying the latest version of Dragon paired with a wireless microphone, he raves, "Regardless of what I'm doing on the computer, Dragon simplifies each and every task."

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William LankfordSeeing the World Again with Dragon
Already battling multiple sclerosis, William Lankford feared his career was over when he was left legally blind. But he explains that Dragon makes his everyday life possible. "Dragon literally gave me my world back," he explains. "Not only could I control my computer with ease, but my computer could read to me! ... You can't put a price on something like that."

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William LankfordOvercoming Academic Writing Challenges
Writing school papers was a challenge for dyslexic student Paul Cleary. But as Bob Luke, director of The Charles Armstrong School, explains: “We work with average and above-average intelligence kids who have learning disabilities that create roadblocks to academic success. Dragon can help some brilliant kids like Paul Cleary demonstrate just how smart they really are. Dragon helps unlock intelligence.”

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Ncom Dragon Customer Reference Thumb NatschLife in the Grid with Dragon
Like other full-time programmers, Cory Lamle spends a lot of time in front of a computer. After more than 20 years of such work, he developed tendinitis in one arm. Not only did it threaten to hamper his career, but it also had the potential to derail his blog,, where he offers tips and technology reviews aimed at online entrepreneurs. Lamle observes: “Not only has Dragon helped my tendinitis from significantly less typing, but I’ve been able to enhance my workflows and processes so much that I feel like I actually hired an internal virtual assistant.

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customer case study house thumb Fulfilling Career Dreams
When Dr. Glen House broke his neck and injured his spinal cord while skiing, he didn't let the accident prevent him from fulfilling his dream of a medical career. He uses MacSpeech Dictate Medical to dictate clinical notes. "It keeps costs down because I don't need a medical transcriptionist, which is 10-12 cents a line and really adds up fast," he explains. "I easily dictate 10-12 pages of notes per day, at a minimum, and it can be as much as 50 pages a day sometimes."

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Customer Case Studies Assisting Disabled Artists Thumb Assisting Disabled Artists
Discover how Don Whittecar, found of The Emergent Institute, connected his experience using speech recognition with his organization's mission to support artists with disabilities.

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Success Stories

Don Oliver
Don has had multiple sclerosis for 40 years and is wheel chair bound. He relies on Dragon NaturallySpeaking as an assistive technology which allows him to use his voice to communicate and use his computer in his daily life.Hear More

Paul Natsch
I am a C4–C5 quadriplegic with limited use of my arms and no use of my hands and fingers. So typing on a physical keyboard is basically impossible for me unless I use a mouthstick, which is extremely cumbersome. When on-screen keyboards appeared, like the excellent KeyStrokes, that changed things dramatically for me. But it was still slow compared to typing on a physical keyboard with two working hands. Then came along Dragon Dictate for the Mac and IOS and any remaining barriers disappeared. It was literally like I had been wearing handcuffs and they had been removed. Now I can type as fast or faster than any able -bodied person. This has resulted in me responding to emails more, instant–messaging with friends more, playing online games more, and just writing in general more. In fact, because of Dragon Dictate for the Mac I started to regularly contribute articles to websites like and And the IOS version (for both the iPhone and iPad) has extended this independence even further because now I can “put my thoughts on paper” no matter where I am as easily as anybody else. So as far as the Internet goes I literally went from being the “quiet kid in the corner” to somebody that just won't shut up! And since Dragon Dictate for the Mac is so versatile I've been able to find, or even create on my own, AppleScripts that do things such as initiate Skype phone calls on my iMac entirely by voice. My head–operated mouse only allows me to perform left–clicks so when I'm in full-screen applications that require right–clicks and middle–clicks, and don't allow me to use my on-screen keyboard, Dragon Dictate for the Mac’s “Command” mode comes to the rescue and allows me to perform these types of mouse clicks all by voice!

Todd Alwood
I am a 36-year-old C-5 quadriplegic.  At the age of 30, I had been a corrections deputy at the Isabella County Sheriff's Department in Mount Pleasant, Michigan for 6 years.  Not only that, but I had a welding shop at home, a massage service and was a bull rider in 2 different professional associations.  I had taught myself how to type with correct hand positions shortly after hiring into the Sheriff's Department.  I had never heard of, nor had a need for Dragon NaturallySpeaking at that time.  It was on September 9, 2005 that I broke my neck during a rodeo accident while riding bulls.   I went to jump off from the bull after the 8 second buzzer had gone off, but my hand hung up in the rope.  I ended up getting jerked down head 1st on the side opposite I was attempting to dismount on.  I fractured and dislocated 3 vertebrae in my neck along with fracturing my right shoulder blade.  I spent  3 months at Mary Free Bed after my surgery at Butterworth in Grand Rapids.    My paralysis has left me with the inability to move my fingers, so I have to either use a pointer that straps onto my hand or the knuckle of my pinky finger to type one letter at a time.  In order to use the mouse pad on my laptop, I must use the knuckle of my pinky finger.  A friend of mine told me about Dragon NaturallySpeaking and how easy it was to set up and get started.  I started with version 9 and am now using version 11 premium.  DNS allows me to compose e-mails, stories and chat online much faster than I could by hand.  It also saves on the fatigue and soreness I would get in my arm and shoulder.  Many hours of my day are spent on the computer, and DNS has been the best equipment I've purchased for my computer.  I use it every day, and I dread the thought of being without it.  I know of 2 different doctor's offices that use the medical version of DNS.  I would recommend it to anyone, whether or not they are disabled.      

Darrin Umbarger
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 23 in 1988. After my left side had shut down and I could not use my left hand to type or anything else, I spent seven years in my house not wanting to leave it. After seven years of cabin fever, I talked with somebody from vocational rehabilitation. They said that I could get out and work with the right wheelchair and with the right technology. That's when I became acquainted with Dragon 9, and it got me starting to work for a disability resource Center, doing reports. Now I am CEO Of Clearview Mediation and Disability Resource Center, and we help people with disabilities get back to employment. I teach Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 to a lot of people because of how it changed my life. I also do disability etiquette trainings and let people know that they do not have to sit at home anymore, with the right technology, people with disabilities can do whatever they want!  PS, I still do not like to do reports, but I can.

L. Datta
I am a classically trained pianist and an attorney. In 1999, I developed tendinitis in both arms after returning to playing the piano after a gap of many months. This affected my ability to use the computer. At the time, I was a captain in the Air Force and worked in the legal office. I spent many hours on the computer writing memos, e-mails etc. It was impossible to do my job without using the computer. My tendinitis deteriorated to the point that I was reporting to work with my arms bandaged in moderate pain and by the end of the day I was in excruciating pain. I was becoming more and more disabled and I realized that I could not continue to work in this condition.  I had heard somewhere about verbal dictation software. Dragon NaturallySpeaking came up on a quick search on the Internet and I realized that this could be the answer to my problems. I requested that the software be provided for me and I was amazed at the accuracy. But most amazing of all, I was able to use a computer and do my job without being in pain.     I continue to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking at work and at home whenever I am on the computer. Honestly, I don't know if I could've continued working without your software. Dragon has saved me from a lifetime of pain and disability and allowed me to continue to be engaged in my profession (and to surf the Internet to accomplish the innumerable tasks that are done on the computer in this day and age).



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  • Dragon gets you, with up to 99% accuracy out of the box
  • Dictate documents, send email and instant messages, surf the Web, update Facebook, and more — using your voice
  • Create documents 3x faster than typing by hand
  • Free Dragon Remote Mic app turns your iOS or Android device into a wireless mic*
  • Use with Gmail™ and Hotmail® — two of the most popular web-based email applications
  • Comes with everything you need to get started, including a high-quality headset microphone
  • Compatible with most Windows operating systems
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